Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Midnight Crackles - Dark, Delicious Chocolate Cookies

If you look sideways, this little guy is smiling because he's so delicious

I know it's a new year and lots of people make resolutions that involve eating less chocolate. I think that's a very sad way to start a new year. Fortunately our Tuesdays with Dorie fearless leader Laurie and her trusty helper Julie agree, because they jointly chose this week's recipe for TWD's third anniversary. Midnight Crackles are chocolate cookies with cloves and cinnamon to add mystery to the vast quantity of chocolate. We don't love cloves so I nixed them and added more cinnamon, plus some espresso powder for extra deliciousness.

And, shockingly, I remembered to check the P&Q for input from other TWD bakers. They found the dough very hard after refrigeration, so I chilled the dough for just 20 minutes before scooping the cookies. The dough was still warm in the center, and so easy to scoop. Plus it tasted great!

I baked half of the scooped (and flattened) cookies immediately and refrigerated the rest overnight. There was absolutely no difference in the two batches, except it was nice to have warm chocolate cookies twice in the same weekend.

These were so yummy that it was hard to share but I did, which is good because although I don't make new year's resolutions, I'm all for not gaining more weight. While I was snapping photos for this post, I was moving different cookies to the plate and passing cookies to M. to hold while I posed them. I asked him to find me the perfect cookie but he couldn't find one without cracks. Once I explained that the cracks were desirable he held one up and said "Then this one is the best one." And that's the one you see above. Carefully handpicked by the love of my life.

If you want the recipe (trust me, you do) you can find it here. And make sure you wish Laurie and Julie a happy 3rd anniversary. While you're there, check out what the other TWD bakers thought of these cookies. You can find them here.

17 comments:

Cakelaw said...

I agree with your hubs - the crackliest ones are the best. Happy New Year Leslie!

slush said...

I am glad you liked them, and were smart enough to up the cinnamon. Thanks for sticking with the group all this time. xoxo

Jessica of My Baking Heart said...

Cute! Love the cookie... especially the smile! :)

Pamela said...

I so wish I had read the P & Q!! What a pain that dough was after chilling. Oh, well. I sent these off to work with Marc. Tasty little things.

Tia said...

aww, that's cute that he helped you pick a perfect cookie to photograph. Love it :)

Flourchild said...

No chillin over here and my dough was perfect! Im glad you liked the cookies, they look great!!

Joanne said...

Just when I thought I had seen enough cookies (Christmas did me in..or so I thought)... you present a cookie that I just have to try.
Love the pic!

Kayte said...

Love the smiley cookie! And also love the fact that you have a "love of your life" as well...and both of ours start with "M"! It has to mean something, right? Your cookie looks great, I am still smiling that he was looking for one without a crack for the photo...so cute.

TeaLady said...

It's a PACMAN cookie. Cute. And they were awfully tasty. But then, it IS chocolate.

lisamichele said...

Crackly chocolate cookies are always the best because you can see the fudgey innards beckoning you ;D They look uber delicious, Leslie!

That said, Happy New Year to you and yours!

jillbert said...

Espresso powder! I bet that would have added that little something I thought mine were lacking.

Di said...

I love your smiley cookie and your story of how it got picked. Happy new year!

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Jules Someone said...

Hehehehe. Love the photo. Good to know that the dough worked even when warm. Thanks for baking along with us!

Peggy said...

Well I am eating way too much chocolate candy lately. I need to just toss it so I am not tempted. These cookies just didn't work for me and my photos were awful so I did not share them. Your photo is so cute. Love it.

Tracey said...

Awwww smiling cookie - love it! My husband always tries to make my cookies and cakes look like version of Pac-Man. Oh, and I agree, starting the New Year without chocolate just isn't right :)

Katrina said...

Love the happy cookie! Love me some chocolate! ;) Glad to know you through TWD.