Tuesday, September 16, 2008

TWD: 'Oodles of Chocolate' Chunkers (and Rogue Whopper Drops!)



Okay, so I lied. I was going to make the Malted Chocolate Whopper Drops and post them before I went to Europe but as it usually does, somehow time got away from me...and even though I chopped the Whoppers and chocolate chunks a good 3 days before I was leaving, somehow they just sat there and stared at me until I left on Friday 9/5.



When I returned on Friday 9/12, and actually surfaced from a 10 hour sleep coma on Saturday 9/13, I thought...I will make those cookies this wkd. And make them I did...I have a few random pictures but since this is not a post about the Malted Chocolate Whopper Drops, I won't steal away from the TWD this week which is Chocolate Chunkers, thanks to Claudia from Fool for Food. I just had to say that I MADE THE COOKIES! It alleviates my own TWD slacker guilt. I did however, pause while consuming a third chocolate croissant in Paris last Tuesday and think about the TWD clan, so that counts right? So, here they are...and they were yummy.



Anyhow, I am back from Europe, it was a wonderful fun AND productive time...I traveled for work but it was my first time to Europe so I had to make it count. I have wonderful memories and we got a lot of work done which was, of course, the whole goal.

So onto Chocolate Chunkers. The name is deceiving. When you think Chocolate Chunkers you think, big fat chocolate chunks in a yummy old fashioned kind of Toll-House cookie, right? RIGHT? Well I did anyway.

But in reading the recipe, I started having Granola Grabbers flashbacks. Apricots? Raisins? Chocolate? What? So, I went a little old school with these and just did...mostly oodles of chocolate chunks. Dark, bittersweet, and milk chocolate. With some peanut butter in the cookie base instead of the melted chocolate and cocoa, so they were more of a visually traditional looking cookie. And diced pecans in 1/2 for fun. Because seriously, something called Chocolate Chunkers should primarily be about chunks of chocolate!



By the way...cookie recipes are the best. They take all of 10 minutes to whip together, you can easily half the recipe, eat 2-3 (or 5) and then take the rest into work and pawn them off on people who need an afternonon pick me up at 3pm. I didn't take that many photos because, as many of the TWD community has been saying...cookies don't always photograph well. And let's face it, I'd rather be eating these things than taking photos of them!

I used white wheat flour in these cookies as I find it's a perfect sub for regular in something like chocolate cookies. Plus fiber is always fun. These did not spread at all, as most people noticed in the P&Q...so I smooshed them down before baking.



Next week's pick is something that sounds slightly unappetizing, Dimply Plum Cake. I am not sure I will participate because (a) I won't eat it and (b) I doubt anyone else at work will want to unless I rename it. So maybe I'll make Dimply Plum chocolate raisin cookies or something. Anyway, check the rest of the TWD community's cookies out here!

23 comments:

Lori said...

these really were hard to photograph, like everyone said! but your bottom photo, with those big hunks of chocolate...yum....

Carmella said...

Your cookies look delish!

Mary Ann said...

Your cookies look wonderful- about the dimply cake, I have made it 3 times, with plums, peaches, and nectarines and it is wonderful-absolutely one of my faves in Baking. I just sliced the fruit and put it on top, 2 of the times. Anyway, probably too much info, but I wanted to tell you the cake is yum!

Janna said...

Now I completely understand why you have been MIA. YOU WERE IN EUROPE! Ahhhhh! And then you had JET LAG! I totally get it! Did you have fun? I want to see pictures! Where all did you go? Tell me more, please. :)

Also, I have heard amazing things about this dimply plum cake. You might want to give it a try. :)

P.S. Guess what one of my birthday presents was?? The Dorie Greenspan Book! Hurray!

CB said...

Welcome home! I guessss its ok that you slacked last week. Glad you're back with the chunkers! I have reservations about the plum cake too but I skipped the chunkers this week so I'll probably make the cake. You never know. I migth be surprised and love it? (I hope.)
Clara @ iheartfood4thought

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Wow, I'm so glad you thought of us while you were snacking on a croissant in Paris! And you had time after you came back to make 2 batches of cookies. I'm very impressed!!

BTW, I was hoping to email about the problem you're having with my blog and how it's loading. I'd like to figure this out since I'm sure you're not the only one that has problems viewing my blog. I'm at whiskfoodblog [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com.

Thanks!

n.o.e said...

Wow, all those cookies! Jet lag inspired you, it appears. The peanut butter in the base sounds divine.

I made the Dimply Plum Cake and had very low expectations, but I have to say that it's now my favorite Dorie recipe. I used the white whole wheat flour and with the cardamom it is just fantastic. And I'm a chocolate kind of gal.

Nancy

Mo said...

Yah...these were good and didn't make it to the car! Delicioso!

Kimberly Johnson said...

I love the idea of using peanut butter in the dough! I'll have to try it. Yum, yum, yum.

Pamela said...

Thank you for complimenting my photos. I appreciate it! That last pictures looks like quite an appetizing little chunk!! I'm not sure about next week either. We'll see.

SUGAR BETTY said...

HA! You rant and rave just like moi! The turd cookies were a big hit. I am glad we both share the choco-chunk philosophy: more chocolate, no fruit. ;)

Engineer Baker said...

Welcome back, and I'm glad you enjoyed Europe! Rogue whopper drops are always appreciated :) I like your spin on the chunkers too - I almost swirled some PB in, but decided not to at the last minute.

Nickki said...

Your cookies look so good! I love the big chocolate chunks.

I've heard great things about the dimply plum cake, so let's hope it tastes better than it actually sounds! :)

Di said...

Next time I make these (once I'm back home), I definitely want to try using white whole wheat flour. Like you said, adds fiber, and who's going to notice under all the chocolate? =)

Miranda said...

Sean would LOVE those. You have just inspired me.

Prudy said...

OH, I'm so jealous of your cookies, your trip to Europe, and now the barnyard cake and cupcakes. I did a barnyard party a few years ago and mine looked like a poor neglected ramshackle hut compared to yours.

TeaLady said...

Who needs chunky chocolate when you can revel in a chocolate croissant in Paris. Lucky Dog! They do look tasty. O La La!!!

Jessica Eiden said...

Your cookies look fantastic. Mine spread all over the place :(

Great job!

Anne said...

Your cookies look great! It sounds like you had fun in Europe, too. And those farm cupcakes are adorable!

Megan said...

Ah great minds think alike - I wasn't sure about next weeks cake either - plums? Um, no. So I made Dimply Chocolate Chip cake! It's good, and worth it!!

Kayte said...

Isn't it amazing how much guilt is associated with not getting a post done??? Who would have thought? I mean we don't even know all these people personally and yet we are sure we are letting them down if we don't get posted on Tuesday! I wish I had this kind of motivation about a lot of other things in my life! :-) Fun post...and I was thinking the same thing about the Dimply Plum Cake...I am going to make it just because I am SURE I won't like it...hoping to prove myself wrong, I guess. Come on...make it with me...you know you will feel guilty if you don't...LOL! :-)

Jacque said...

Ooooh, they all look so yummy! Kudos to you for baking them all in one day.

Barbara said...

Lots of chocolate cookies -- makes me want to come and visit! ;)

Croissants in Paris, how wonderful. I am SO envious. Glad you enjoyed it!