Monday, August 29, 2011
One Smart Cookie's Chocolate Bliss Cookies
Not to worry about us! We just got some wind last night and hardly any rain at all. Hurricane Irene hardly touched us in Nova Scotia, thank goodness.
To celebrate, let's talk a little about cookies. I have been having a lot of fun making treats from One Smart Cookie: All Your Favorite Cookies, Squares, Brownies and Biscotti...With Less Fat written by Julie Van Rosendaal published by Whitecap Books. The first one I made were these Chocolate Bliss cookies that are the author's mother's all-time favourite. They only have 5 grams of fat and remind her of brownies that tend to have twice the amount of fat!
In a double boiler combine 1 cup of chocolate chips with 1 oz of unsweetened chocolate and 1 tbsp of butter. Stir until melted or smooth. Unfortunately the water must have been too hot when I did this because the chocolate did scorch a little, darn it.
In a medium bowl combined 2/3 cup sugar, 1/2 cup flour, 1 tbsp cocoa, 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/4 tsp salt. Add the chocolate mixture, 1 egg, 1 egg white and 1 tsp of vanilla. Stir until just combined.
Stir in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Cover and chill dough for half an hour.
"Drop spoonfuls of dough" 2 inches apart. How many spoonfuls? Grr... OK, well, the cookies required a lot of space on either side so I went smaller rather than larger. I used a small ice cream scoop that I use for truffles and put them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
I baked them in a preheated 350F oven for 12 minutes until they were firm along the edges but still soft in the middle. They got all crackly on top.
"They are rich, dark, intensely chocolate and have the consistency of a brownie." I found these super crispy with a slight brownie texture on the inside. Now remember, I did scorch the chocolate but it melded with the rest of the dough very well. Perhaps you will have different results.
Regardless, Reg LOVED these. In fact I noticed he kept going back upstairs and coming back down with his mouth full. I asked him if he had just eaten another cookie?
He replied, "No... Maybe... (Sigh) Yes..." LOL.
I am personally not as big a fan of crispy cookies but it made me happy I could make something Reg enjoyed so much that was a little healthier an alternative. I give these cookies four out of five wooden spoons. They do not last as long as regular cookies though so make sure to eat them right away, which I am sure will not be a problem!