With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Chockablock Cookies ~ TWD

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chockablock Cookies ~ TWD

Tuesdays With Dorie baker, Mary of
Popsicles and Sandy Feet
decided on
Chockablock Cookies
for us to bake along with her.
This is a cookie filled with an abundance of add-ins and what seemed at first an unusual combination of flavors.

Molasses
nuts
dried fruit (I used figlets and dates)
coconut
chocolate chips

I thought the chocolate chips were the stand-out flavor
and tamed the molasses.

The dough is a bit unappetizing in color (my little helpers said it looked like mud), but the cookie baked to a much deeper color.
The dough also seemed thin to me and I was concerned they would spread too much.
They baked into a very nice shape and were enjoyable.
All the tasters in my house liked them and ate so many they
will probably not be hungry for dinner.
(Mom-Mom's can allow that, you know)

Chockablock Cookies
Dorie Greenspan, from Baking From My Home to Yours

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ stick (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
¼ cup solid vegetable shortening
½ cup sugar
½ cup molasses (not blackstrap)
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or peanuts are all good)
1 cup coarsely chopped dried fruit (such as apricots, prunes, or figs) or 1 cup of moist, plump raisins (dark or golden)
12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate chopped, or 2 cups store-bought chocolate chips
½ cup sweetened shredded coconut

Getting Ready:
Position the racks to divide the oven in thirds and preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment or silicone mats.
Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Working with a stand mixer, preferably fitted with a paddle attachment, or with a hand mixer in a large bowl, beat the butter and shortening together at medium speed until very smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the sugar and beat for another two minutes. Pour in the molasses and beat for 1 minute more. Add the eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low and mix in the oats, then add the dry ingredients, mixing only until they disappear into the dough. Toss in the nuts, fruit, chocolate chips and coconut and, turn the mixer on and off quickly a few times to incorporate. Alternatively, you can stir them into the dough with a sturdy wooden spatula. (The dough can be wrapped well and chilled for up to two days. If you'd like, you can measure out the dough onto a baking sheet, freeze until firm, then put mounds of dough in a bag and freeze for up to two months; bake directly out of the freezer, adding a few minutes to the baking time.)
I like to use an ice cream scoop with a 2-tablespoon capacity to divvy up the dough, but you can measure it out by rounded tablespoonfuls. Place the mounds of dough on the baking sheets, leaving about 1 1/2 inches between the mounds.
Bake for 15 – 18 minutes, rotating pans from top to bottom and front to back at the midway point, until the cookies are golden and just about set. Remove the baking sheets to cooling racks and let the cookies rest on the sheets for about 5 minutes before transferring them to racks to cool to room temperature.

11 comments:

Laurie said...

These look very tasty and I will most certainly give them a try. I love the photos of your helpers; making the cookies with you makes them even more delicious!
Blessings!
Laurie

Nancy's Notes said...

Those cookie look just scrumptious! I'll check out Mary's place for the recipe. Thanks!

Nancy

Carol Mae said...

I made the dump cake this afternoon, it's great and my husband loved it and me too. Thanks so much for sharing it. Have a great evening. Carol Mae

Ann said...

Those do look delicious. You have very adorable helpers.

Cindy (Letters From Midlife) said...

You're killing me here with all these luscious recipes! lol!

Dayle Allen Shockley said...

Dieting is no fun. :(

Julie Harward said...

Sounds just like a recipe I need...thanks! Come say hi :D

Tookie said...

Yum, those look great! I like all the "add ins." I think it's fun to experiment with cookies and add some new things to a favorite recipe.

Flourchild said...

What cute little helpers you have! Your cookies look great! I loved this recipe and added a ton of goodies!

Romaine said...

Your helpers have stolen the show. Who cares about the cookies! Love their description of the dough. Like your "grandma" name. Never heard that one before.

Miss Jen said...

Mmmm... don't those look delightfully amazing!!!
What fun, it must be to be a grandma...
Oh the delight and JOY, indeed!

Always a joy to visit you!

Blessings~ Miss Jen

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