This week for Tuesdays with Dorie, Claudia of Fool for Food picked Dorie's Chocolate Chunkers. Sorry readers, to be completely honest I wasn't very excited about these, I like cookies but chocolate cookies just aren't my thing. I would probably try every cookie at a cookie buffet except for cookies with chocolate dough. Chocolate chips cookies are fine, chocolate brownies are fine, but chocolate cookies? Nah. I do have one exception, that is a 'chocolate cookie' that bas buttermilk in the dough and a chocolate frosting that makes the whole thing taste like a brownie cookie, or brookie :) Anyway, I stocked up on chocolate and went ahead with these Chocolate Chunkers.
There was a lot of chocolate in these cookies! I'm sure that Baker's isn't the best chocolate to use, but it's not that bad, is it? It is the most readily available chocolate and I've never noticed it to be 'bad' -- and I'm not a dark or bittersweet chocolate fan either, so Baker's will have to do. I suppose if I was really into dark or bittersweet chocolate I would search out the fanciest imported chocolates for these cookies, but I didn't, sorry chocolate chunkers, sorry.
I prepared the cookie dough, then seperated it into two bowls and added the chunkies. I did half of the cookies as Dorie suggested, white chocolate (I used Ghirardelli chips), pecans, and golden raisins. These chunkies sounded lovely together to me. I was excited about the combination but I knew my husband would not be, he'd say something like, ugh, raisins, and PECANS, in chocolate cookies? Bleh.
So I decided to make half the batch with chunkies I thought he would enjoy, Reese's Pieces, peanuts, and peanut butter chips. He thought they were 'okay' -- he happened to take a bite of a white chocolate raisin one and was disgusted. Oh-well. I thought they were good, they actually tasted a lot better than they looked. The first pan out of the oven looked like big muddy rocks. The second pan I flattened a bit and they looked more like cookies. If you are a big chocolate fan I'm betting you loved these. I loved the combo of white chocolate, pecans, and golden raisins, I'm betting I would love these as a spice cookie. I'll pass on all that chocolate.