Friday, June 12, 2009

Chocolate Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
dash of salt
2 oz unsweetened chocolate
2 tbls butter
2 eggs
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts
4 oz melted semisweet chocolate (optional, for drizzling)

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt and set it aside. Melt together the butter, unsweetened chocolate and 1 cup of chips. Let cool a bit then beat it together with the eggs, vanilla and sugar. Beat in the flour mixture. Mix in the remaining chips and nuts. Drop round tsps of dough onto the prepped sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes, till top is dull and cracked. Let sit for 1 minute then transfer to a wire rack.

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Ok, this post is missing several pictures because blogger insists on importing them sideways. I don't know why, there isn't any kind of answer in the "help" section (although I'm not the only one it's happening to) and it seems you can't contact them directly. I'm going to keep at it to see if I can figure out what's going on, but I figured you guys don't really mind if I skip the pictures of "just combined the egg" or "about to mix in the flour" and such. Especially since we are talking chocolate cookies here. So.

This recipe comes from The Ultimate Cookie Cookbook and claims to be The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie. I don't know about all that, but they were good. I'm not really the biggest chocolate cookie fan, so... hey, don't look at me like that. I like them, but when I want all-chocolate baked goods I'm more of a brownie dude. I won't turn my nose up to a chocolate cookie, but I tend to steer more towards standard chocolate chip or peanut butter if I'm going to actually make some. But I was bored and flipping through the cookbook and this recipe caught my eye. Mostly because I had all the ingredients on hand and I was feeling it for something a bit different. So I decided to whip some up.

I actually mixed the dry ingredients together first. I swear I did. And it's one of the pictures that is sideways. Of course. So we skip right to the melting stuff together bit. Ok, so I didn't have quite all the ingredients. What I thought was baking chocolate was bittersweet and that's just not the same. So I subbed cocoa powder (three tablespoons of cocoa powder + one tablespoon of butter, oil, etc = one ounce of baking chocolate). Melted it up. Mmmm, I could eat that as is. Well, almost. It was a little bitter. Heh. Next is vanilla, egg and sugar. I'm making half a batch, that's why there's only one egg. Mixed that together (insert picture here), added the flour (insert picture here) and mixed that. Then the chips and nuts. I used pecans because that's what I had and frankly would have probably been what I wanted in these anyway. Mixed that together (insert picture here) and baked it up. They didn't really spread much, which was kind of a bummer. I prefer that. I also didn't bother with the chocolate drizzle the book suggests, I just didn't feel like it and I can't imagine it makes that much of a difference. They were still good, but even as good as they are I'm not sure I'd make them again. First off, only two tablespoons of butter? Are you serious? What is this, health food? Is that why they didn't spread? Pfffft. Secondly... well, they just didn't thrill me. They were good, but not great. If I'm going to make cookies I want them to be wicked good, not just good.

18 comments:

Vicki said...

Same thing happens to me every now & then w/sideways pics. Open them in your default photo editor, rotate 90deg, save, rotate back, save. Then they should upload ok. That's what works for me, anyway.

Nice cookies :)

Wandering Coyote said...

I've never had the sideways picture problem before - weird.

The cookies look awesome!

Dajana said...

Should try making these myself. I managed to find some pecans, if you only new how difficult that was. Now I've got some plain and some toasted pecans as well.

Donna-FFW said...

Oh My Word Bob!! Do these ever sound delicious. Chocolate and pecans, cookie, Im your girl!

Steph said...

I'm not usually crazy about chocolate cookies either, but maybe it's because I've never had a good chocolate cookie. Most taste kind of chalky and bitter.

For the sideways picture thing, do you have a canon? It even uploads sideways when it looks normal when I view it on the computer. This happens to me if I orient the camera in such a way that it thinks I'm holding it vertical instead of horizontal. In the camera's menu, set 'auto rotate' to off and blogger should stop uploading the picture sideways.

Yesica N. Cook said...

They look great. How're you liking the new camera? I just made those rolo cookies, btw - they were faaaabulous, thanks!

girlichef said...

I don't mind just a regular old "good" cookie every once in a while...bummer though, cuz you'd think with all those yummies, they'd be better!!! Ah well...they do look good :D

Karen said...

I like it when the cookies don't spread. Your pics are nice and bright... enjoying your camera?

5 Star Foodie said...

Oh, those cookies sound really wonderful! Love pecans & chocolate! Yummm!

Bob said...

Vicki: Thanks, I'll try that next. :)

Wandering Coyote: Thanks! Yeah, it's weird.

Dajana: They're hard to find in Italy? We practically swim in them here.

Donna: Sweet, don't tell my girlfriend. ;)

Steph: Do you us cocoa powder or bar baking chocolate when you make them? Powder can make them chalky and bitter. Thanks for the camera tips, I'll check that out.

Yesica: I like it very much. I saw your post on them, they looked great! :)

girlichef: Thanks! Heh, I suppose I shouldn't complain. I mean they are good. :)

5 Star Foodie: Thanks!

Karen: Thanks, I am enjoying it. More and more as I get used to it. I almost never get horrid blurry pictures while I'm standing still anymore. :D

The Duo Dishes said...

Can't say no to massive amounts of chocolate.

Reeni♥ said...

They sure sound good with all those goodies in them. The 2 tablespoon of butter is strange - cookies usually have at least a stick, if not two in them. I'll gladly help you eat them!

Culinary Alchemist said...

MMMM Decadently delicious looking... Darn it, I just used up all my pecans makign a German's Chocolate cake..!!! MUST go to the store...

Pocky said...

Just hand me a spoon at picture #2, please!

Danielle said...

thy cookies look good but Im with you on the whole "where the butter"! and what about brown sugar? maybe brown sugar would help...mm.

jwright said...

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Dawn said...

I saw this Bob and had wanted to make it for the longest time.
If you say it's good, then I'm making it.
Awesomeness!

Tangled Noodle said...

Super-chocolate-y and nutty: that's a perfect cookie! Sorry to hear about your photo issues. Although I'm on blogger, too, I can't offer any suggestions. Tech SUPPORT . . . right! More like tech IGNORE. Good luck!

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