It’s only been two weeks, and I’m enjoying TWD immensely (and was so excited to see that Crème Brulee is in the future for us all this month)!
As for this week--the recipe, Chocolate Whopper Malted Drops (page 85), was brought to us by Rachel of Confessions of a Tangerine Tart , ("and by the letter C.")
Well I must admit I hesitated at first when I saw “Whoppers” in the title as I am just not a fan, but knowing this is only my SECOND week here, I couldn't possibly skip a week already, so with a slight edit (using semi-sweet chocolate chips in place of the crushed Whoppers), I was back on track. I realize that means this is not the cookie Dorie intended, but wow is it amazing nonetheless! For the bittersweet chocolate I used Ghiardelli and for the malted powder I found Ovaltine Chocolate Malt Flavor.
Saturday turned out to be an inside-day due to the weather/Hanna, so this was perfect to create these. They went together with ease. The dough was indeed “frosting-like” as Dorie indicated it would be, which led to my only issue—it was a challenge for my cookie scoop as it would not push the dough out easily; it was so super-soft. It didn’t make for a neat/even lineup on the cookie sheets (it was just a bunch of blobs), but the mess is all just a part of the creative process (and because I was getting sloppy here and there it meant many a taste test was had to get the dough off my fingers! Wow was that dough good!)
In no time our rainy afternoon was uplifted with the delightful smell of chocolate cookies baking! I think I got about 50 cookies out of the dough…
Dear Husband came into the kitchen at one point as some were cooling, and I told him to try one. These tasted awesome warm!! He had been eyeing them as he loves chocolate--especially dark chocolate. Here is his reaction as it progressed: (Takes a bite) "Wow, these are good" (takes another bite) "mmm, really good..." (finishes cookie 1, reaches for cookie 2)…"they're dangerous..."
By the next day, he asked me to do (or NOT do, as the case may be) three things:
1. Please don’t bring them to work
2. Is it possible to freeze some because the 2 of us couldn’t eat this many while they were still fresh (well, we COULD….but we decided not to!)
3. Could I please NOT to make them often—because they are that good that he will eat way too many
So another rave review! He is a huge fan of brownies so I have no doubt that’s why he likes these as they have that cake-like consistency to them. (FYI, last night I grabbed 2 of them and zapped them for 5-10 seconds in the microwave and the chips became gooey again….soooo good!)
So another week of TWD brings another week with a full cookie jar--but they're going fast! I give it 7 days before we're defrosting the ones from the freezer!!