For Tuesdays with Dorie this week, Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet chose the Chockablock cookies from page 86 of Baking From My Home to Yours.
These cookies were not what I expected. You know how sometimes you just have this image of how things are going to be made, and then they aren't it at all? When I started first grade and was going to eat cafeteria food for the first time I would try to imagine what the food was when we got the menu each week. When I saw "chuck wagon" on the menu, I was so far off....I imagined that the cafeteria ladies would actually have made little covered wagons out of vegetables! (i tried to find an image of what I was imagining with Google, but apparently I am alone in this fantasy...) Well...needless to say, I was very disappointed when instead of an intricately designed sculpture, I was served a breaded patty of mystery meat. *sigh*
My thoughts were similar (though a little less grandiose) when it came to these cookies. Apparently I just think very literally: I imagined square shaped chocolate cookies (you know, like chocolate blocks?). I did read the recipe and figure in all the chunks of things, but I just thought they would be a little more chocolatey. When I mixed up the dough I was kind of "eh" about it. I really felt that the molasses flavor was overpowering. I liked them pretty well when they came out of the oven though, and I'll update you tomorrow to see if I like them even more (I've heard that they are even better the next day).
ok, BIG) cookies for myself b/c I knew in advance that these would be a "Sarah cookie" aka, too many "ingredients" for hubs to try. I did use dried cherries for my fruit component b/c I had some on hand and I LOVE them. I got excited with my new chopper and cut the walnuts a bit too much, so they weren't quite as chunky as I would have liked, but overall I think they are good--lots of flavorful components and a very little amount of fat compared to most recipes that we do, and that is always great!
Thanks to Mary for picking this week's recipe (check her blog for the recipe) and check out the TWD site to see who baked along this week!
**Update: I really like these the next day! I think some substitute other than molasses would make them even better, but they are pretty darn tasty cookies! :) **