This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie was chosen by Claudia of Fool for Food and she chose Chocolate Chunkers on page 70 in Baking: From My Home To Yours by Dorie Greenspan. When I read this recipe all I could think was this is going to be expensive. Then I thought, “Crap, I have no money.” I gathered up the ingredients in my apartment and I could make a 1/2 batch. That is what I set out to do with a few modifications.
I didn’t know how I felt about chocolate, peanuts, and rasins all together in one cookie. Now don’t get me wrong I love peanuts and chocolate together and I love raisins and chocolate together, but all three. I didn’t want to chance it so I decided to use dried cherries and pecans instead. They turned out great. The cookies are definately rich but the pecans and cherries just made this cookie fantastic. I don’t see how they could be eaten any other way.
For the chocolate I ended up using the unsweetened that was called for. I actually bought a bar of 99& cacao about a year ago just for the fun of it. Now it finally came in handy. For the rest of the chocolate I used some left over baking white chocolate and bittersweet chocolate chips (60% Ghiradelli, of course), no semisweet or milk chocolate for me.
Okay, I need to address this whole “turd” issue. Alot of members thought that when the cookie baked up that it resembled a turd. The first time I saw this I laughed because I could completely see how it could. Now I have to say that my cookies do not resemble turds, but maybe that is because I didn’t use peanuts 🙂