Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TWD - Chockablock Cookies


I was certain this recipe would be a no-go for my family. Too many elements, including a dried fruit which always causes a divide here. Raisin haters are very vocal. Fear led me to make only a half recipe.

I was wrong. I took my little plate of cookies outside to photograph and when I came back half the cooling cookies were gone. The next day I got up and remade the cookies, a full recipe this time.

I hadn't used the contentious raisins, but cut up prunes, which really added no taste at all, but a good dose of fibre. Instead of the recommended molasses, I used a very thick maple syrup. The flavour was delightful in the batter, but I couldn't really taste it in the finished cookies. For nuts, I went with unsalted peanuts and also used chocolate chips.

These were a big hit and I'll certainly make them again when it's time to use up the leftover add-ins in my baking drawer.

Many thanks to Mary of the blog Popsicles and Sandy Feet. As well as giving the recipe, she expresses some lovely sentiments about this baking group.

Now it's time for those cookies and milk.

32 comments:

  1. Prunes? Great idea. Why didn't I think of that? Your cookies look very tasty--especially with a glass of milk.

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  2. Im glad everyone enjoyed..I loved these cookies.

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  3. I loved these cookies.

    Sadly, I am one of those vocal raisin haters. I had to improvise!:)

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  4. Love that shot of the cookies with the milk...you are that kind of mom, I just know it!! They look perfect...the guys here inhaled them and asked for more, so I would say that was a definite winner.

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  5. I don't like raisins but chopped dates are wonderful! Great texture. This is one fun cookie, I will make it often. Love your photos! Have a great day.

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  6. I used dried blueberries instead of raisins. Love your cookies and your family most have felt the same way! Your photos looks delicious!

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  7. I love the shot of the cookies with milk. Thanks so much for your kind words and for baking along with me this week.

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  8. Those look yummy! I thought about using maple syrup, thanks for the information!

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  9. These look lovely, especially with the milk. I came so close to using maple syrup the second time but I wasn't sure how it would be with the chocolate. Thanks for trying it out for the group!

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  10. How great that these were a surprise hit! I love it when they happen. I bet they tasted great with the maple syrup and prunes.

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  11. Don't you love it when the Fam surprises you. Leftover ingredient cookies. Sounds like a great name for these.

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  12. What a great surprise that everyone enjoyed them so much. They were a great cookie. I really like that pic of all your ingredients. Colorful.

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  13. It is funny how much that glass of milk sets off the cookies and makes them feel just right. Great presentation.

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  14. Your cookies turned out great - they look perfect with the glass of milk.

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  15. I was surprised that my family liked these cookies too. They were perfect with ice cold milk.
    Mimi

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  16. Everyone is saying these cookies were homely and not very photogenic, but I think yours look great. It's all in the eye of....
    I thought these were great cookies!

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  17. How funny that the cookies disappeared while you photographed them! I love seeing all the flavor combinations, yours sound great.

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  18. Agreed,I thought they would be so-so, but so tasty (and popular). Yours look lovely.

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  19. I like your prune idea! It can be hard sometimes to predict what the family will like, but it's always nice when something is a success!

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  20. I almost went the prune route, but veered at the last minute to figs...definitely going to use prunes next time.

    That tall glass of milk is the perfect partner for these cookies...

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  21. Great thinking on the prunes and subbing for the molasses. Yours look great.

    Now, MAKE THE BISCOTTI! You'll love them!

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  22. Your cookies look delicious! I wasn't expecting much from this recipe but I really enjoyed them :-)

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  23. Isn't it funny how things 'disappear' while we are taking pictures of our food? I guess that's the price we pay for making people wait to eat something. :D
    Your cookies look fabulous, I can't wait to try this recipe.

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  24. Switching from molasses to maple syrup is brilliant. It's good to hear that these were so popular at home!

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  25. Glad that the cookies were a hit with your family, and they look really yummy too!

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  26. Maple syrup as a stand-in for molasses sounds great. I'm surprised it wasn't a more prominent flavor in the finished cookies. They look great.

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  27. I haven't made these yet, but that is going to be rectified soon!

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  28. Glad these were a surprise hit at your house :) I purposely included some mix-ins I don't like so I wouldn't be tempted but my mom was a big fan! Maple syrup sounds yummy in these - too bad you couldn't taste it in the final cookies.

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  29. These were great for using up the last little bits of nuts, dried fruit, etc. I'm glad to hear they were well received... that always helps make it feel worthwhile, right?

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