Saturday, March 07, 2009

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies

Kick back real quick while I get you a cookie.

Is there anyone else out there who has ever uttered these words? A long, long time ago there were four girls who did. They were smart and fearless (most of the times) and thought themselves too cool for school. They formed their own gang (yes, a real gang!) and did gang things together. They had their own alphabet and gang names and rituals...bizarre to outsiders, but making perfect sense to them. They had long, in-depth conversations about the pressing issues of those days...boys, school, the people they knew and the people they didn’t. They concocted devious and complex plans to sneak out and stay out all night. They staged elaborate ploys to confuse and ensnare the boys they had our eyes on.

Just like a million other adolescents out there.

But different, because it was me. And your own adolescence is always special, different, unforgettable. Perhaps some/many (except maybe for a few Queen Bees and Wannabees) would say that teenage years are peppered with tumultuous times, filled with uncertainty and insecurity. I say, revel in the tumult! Revel in that special brand of intensity solely reserved for teenagers! There is nothing quite like it.

And after? You can choose to leave behind your angst...but keep your passion. Let your intensity evolve and change flavour. Stay fearless. And keep you gang mates. Or at least keep in touch!

To the girls of TSC...have a cookie :)

Outrageous Chocolate Cookies
(recipe by Aileen Anastacio, Yummy Magazine March 2008 issue)

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (no this isn’t a duplication!)
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped

- Pre-heat oven to 350F. Heat the first 2 cups of chocolate chips and the butter in the microwave on low heat just until melted and mix until smooth (next time I’m using a double boiler...I’m too nervous melting chocolate in the microwave).
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients – flour, baking powder, and salt.
- In another mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla by hand until well combined (I used a mixer...sorry Aileen!). Gradually add the melted chocolate mixture. Then add the dry ingredients. Lastly, fold in the second 2 cups of chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Drop scoops of dough onto a baking sheet 2-3 inches apart (the dough can be refrigerated for at least an hour to make it firmer). Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating the cookie sheet halfway through the baking time. They will still be soft in the center. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Just like adolescence (and Jason Statham in Death Race), these cookies are intense and delicious. Intensely chocolate (just as the name claims) – which is one of the best kinds of intense out there in my humble opinion. Credit for this recipe goes to Aileen Anastacio, the baking columnist at Yummy Magazine, and chef at a popular local bakeshop, who has become one of my favourite food columnists if only for her delectable looking sweets!

What triggered all this nostalgia? One of my gang is about to bring a new baby into the world. She is ready to boogie at any time now, although her doctor said it does not look likely that it will happen today. But if it does, both her hubby and mum are out of town guess who will get the call and do the song and dance with her (if it happens today, which isn't likely I know, but I still can't help being excited!)? Woooohoooooooo!!! By the by, her pregnant self sampled some of these cookies too :)

Half the batch of these cookies I made went to my friend M for her birthday...M’s a new friend made through blogging, but who I hope to one day call an old friend :) She is leaving the country soon and I will miss her!

I hope your weekend is filled with friends old and new...and chocolate cookies!


Anne said...

Oh Gosh! Who could resist this cookies?! I really should make the time out to make these :)

Manggy said...

I can't believe you were in a "gang!" I'm such a good boy! Confuse and ensnare boys like me? I should be so lucky! ;) Would be very lucky to have a taste of these deadly (Jason Statham-y? err) cookies!

Shalum said...

yummy! and with milk too :)

Watergirl said...

These were amazing, in your face chocoholic cookies J! I loved savoring every chunky morsel over the last two weeks (yes I made them last, I hoard!!!).
It's been a pleasure sharing food with you over the last five years. When I get back, we'll cook together.

squirrelbread said...

good heavens, can I have one?


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Oh, these cookies look soooo good!



ChichaJo said...

Hi Anne! Not me, heehee! :) Resistance is futile! ;)

Hi Manggy! Haha! A “gang” of four high school girls...not so much GTA and all that jazz but we liked to think we were tough cookies ;) And the confusing and ensnaring of boys was as much in our minds as it was in actuality! It was easier for guys back just had to ask girls out. We were forced to be more covert!

Hi Shalum! It was really yummy! :)

Hi M! I so happy you liked them! I’m so glad we met at that MM lunch! We should definitely have a cook fest – then you can be my duck guru (and dumplings with the wrappers made from scratch!) :)

Hi Squirrelbread! Surely!

Hi Rosa! They were really good...I’m going to try more recipes from this girl!

Daniel said...

What a great story AND a great recipe. Thanks for sharing!

Casual Kitchen

Katrina said...

M's right -- they were really in-your-face chocolatey cookies! Absolutely yummy!

Erin said...

So funny you wrote this post the day after I reconnected with one of my junior high homies. I do not miss my teen years, just a few of the people.
Cookies look too amazing for words.

veron said...

I'm all for intensely chocolatey! And yes... I do swoon over Jason Statham ...

cwid said...

I just want to let you know that the recipe from Yummy Magazine is an adaptation of Martha Stewart's recipe which is called by the same name:

Although Yummy magazine's recipe has walnuts while Martha's does not, the list of ingredients and the instructions are plagiarized from Food Magazine. This is not your fault and I would put the blame on Aileen Anastacio and Yummy Magazine for not acknowledging their source.

ChichaJo said...

Thanks Daniel! Thanks for leaving a comment :)

Hi Katrina! I loved them too :) Definitely going to make these again :)

Hi Erin! Sometimes I do miss the zany drama of being a teenager, haha! Some of my best friends now are still the same friends I had in high school :)

Hi Veron! Ah! Common interests you and I! ;)

Hi Cwid...thanks for letting me know. I will let the folks at the magazine know as well!

Midge said...

Goodness gracious, Joey - but these look insanely decadent! (Or so I say whilst chowing down on several homemade cookies!)

I emailed you an invite to the Heavenly Chocolates Chocolate Appreciation 101, by the way. Hope you can come. :)

Zharmagne said...

Hi ChichaJo.

Love you blog.

If only I didnt give up cookies for Lent.

Can't wait to try it after Lent is over.

Pauline said...

looks suuuuper yummy Joey!!! :)

Lori said...

Nothing can be bad about double chocolate! These look amazing. I just love the whole post. Such great reflection.

Ash said...

wow! what a cookie!! These cookies could be scary.
Scary as in I'd probably want to eat them all!!

Anonymous said...

This is similar to the chocolate oatmeal cookies I make. Instead of the melted (two cups of) chocolate chips and walnuts, I add three cups of old fashioned oatmeal and the two cups (or one bag) of semi sweet chocolate chips after the wet and dry ingredients have been mixed. I also add a teaspoon of cinnamon to the dry mix.

ChichaJo said...

Hi Midge! Haha! I too like to talk about food while eating, heehee ;) Got the invite...sounds truly heavenly...will see if I can make it :) Thanks!

Hi Zharmagne! Thank you! :) Good luck! Hope you do get to eventually try them :)

Hi Pauline! It really was :)

Hi Lori! Double chocolate is always a good thing in my book too :) Glad you enjoyed the post!

Hi Ash! Heehee :) That’s why I gave a lot of it away! ;)

Hi Anonymous! Thanks for sharing your recipe oatmeal cookies too!

Jescel said...

wow.. that's some chocolate cookie.. a chocoholic's delight,indeed.

bee said...

just 4 tbsps butter? awesome. when i just type the url to your home page, i get a blank page (white middle with filled up sidebars). is that how it's supposed to be?

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jescel! I am a proud chocoholic! :)

Hi Bee! Hmmm...not really...I tried typing in my address and it came out fine...I wonder what could be the problem...

Jude said...

Such a sweet thing to do for someone's birthday. I want some, too :)

Kevin said...

Those chocolate cookies look great!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Jude! I like giving and receiving homemade presents :)

Thanks Kevin! :)

cinabar said...

Love your blog, and just wanted to say those cookies look gorgeous!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Cinabar! Thank you for your nice comment! :)

crabbychef said...

Hello! I'm a home baker, and I love trying out new recipes. I just have a question about these cookies. I tried making them yesterday. The resulting cookie dough was a little runny, so I had a little trouble scooping it out. I wound up using two spoons. Could it be because I left out the nuts?

The cookies were very good and chewy, but mine were sort of spread thinly, and did not resemble those in the picture at all. But my husband and colleagues at work LOVED them, so it was, all told, a baking success.

Hope you can get back to me. Thanks!

Mai Mai said...

Hi! I used your chocolate cookie recipe with my students and they absolutely loved it!

ChichaJo said...

Hi Crabbychef! I don’t think leaving the nuts out would make it that runny. Actually, my cookies look quite different from the original photo in the magazine, where the cookies were flatter. My dough was also less “runny” than that in the original photo. So perhaps you actually came closer to the original cookie than I did! :) It looks like everyone enjoyed your cookies though so that’s the most important thing :)

Hi Mai Mai! So glad to hear you all liked them!!! :)