French Frdays with Dorie

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Chocolate Chunkers

This week's recipe was selected by Claudia of "Fool for Food". I may be going out on a limb here, but I suspect one of the foods she is a fool for, just might be chocolate!
These cookies straddle the border between cookie and candy or have they crossed that line? There is just enough dough to hold together the myriad chips, chunks, nuts and fruits that are packed into each dark delectable delight! (How's that for alliteration?)
Sigh of rapture -Dorie's recipe is giving me an excuse to use that bain marie I purchased lo these many years ago. Yet another reason to adore the woman!

After gently melting this chocolate into a simmering puddle of chocolately goodness I added white chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate buttons, pecans and raisins!

I put the cookies on the stone and into the oven they went. I expected them to spread but they were like well-behaved little soldiers. They maintained their formation and stayed in line on the stone.

Remember to leave them in place for a few minutes after removing them from the oven. They will fall apart if you try to pick them up too soon.

A word of advice - don't use buttons in this recipe unless you chop them. When I tried to scoop these onto the stones I had a very hard time of it. The buttons were too big to fit into my small scoop. The cookies were not coordinated in their shapes - it was extremely trying but I survived and had to live with free-form cookies - who I ask you - told these cookies they could have their own lives?

The cookies are of course aptly named: Chocolate Chunkers and those of us old enough to remember the original Chunky candy bar will be reminded of it when we bite into these. At least I was reminded of that thicker-er candy. I went online to see if Chunkys are still sold and they are! But, and why this shocked me I do not know, they have been destroyed. What was once a really tasty treat of cashews, brazil nuts and raisins is now the annoying, boring and typical peanuts and raisins. For Pete's sake - if I wanted goobers and raisinets I would get them - what a wasted opportunity to keep a unique candy bar unique. Oh, well, their loss - I will stick with my memories and the chocolate chunkers!


Heidi said...

Is there any flour, sugar, or butter in these things? If not, that's candy!

Barbara said...

I agree, almost like candy! (We loved them.)