Thursday, January 27, 2011

You say it's your birthday...

Oh my gosh! I just realized that today is a momentous one! Not only is it my sweet puppy Grady's SEVENTH birthday (how is that possible?), but it is also the FIFTH anniversary of the creation of this little blog o' mine. My oh my, time sure does fly...

This doubly festive occasion calls for a very special treat. I started back to work today, so there was no time to make a cake or anything as troublesome. But I had another delicious plan. The new Bon Appetit arrived a few days ago, and as a February issue demands, the main focus was CHOCOLATE (a welcome change from January's interminable health consciousness)! There's a brownie recipe in there that I am dying to try in my wonderful edge pan, but I am a bit "brownied out" right now. So I thought I'd try another chocolatey recipe that caught my eye: Crisp Cocoa Pecan Cookies. Isn't the name itself enough to make you smile? It was a pretty easy recipe, although it requires a lot of passive cooling and chilling time. My advice is to make the batter the first day, then bake them off the next. Then, it's a snap!

As it turns out, and despite their name, my cookies came out more chewy than crisp--ironically, kind of like a flat brownie. Maybe I needed to bake them another minute or two? I followed what the recipe said and let them puff up and then flatten out. But on such a dark cookie, it was hard to see if they were beginning to darken around the edges. Also, I only baked one half sheet pan at a time, with six cookies about 2-3 inches apart, not 5 inches as the recipe stated. They were fine and did not spread into each other on the Silpat, but maybe those choices affected the texture? Not sure.

In any case, the cookies were very tasty, especially with the bittersweet chocolate drizzle on top! I considered leaving it off, but that would have been a mistake, as it took them over the top, both in looks and taste! And birthday or no, Grady is NOT getting one of THESE cookies! He will have to settle for some chicken-flavored Pupcorn and a big rawhide chewie. ;-)

Crisp Cocoa Pecan Cookies
(Source: Bon Appetit, February 2011)

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa powder (scooped into measuring spoon, then leveled)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
10 tablespoons (11/4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, cooled
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons light corn syrup
2 tablespoons whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Whisk flour, cocoa, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon (generous) salt in medium bowl. Stir butter and next 5 ingredients in another medium bowl until smooth. Stir in flour mixture, then nuts. Cover and chill until firm enough to scoop, at least 4 hours. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled.

Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven; preheat to 325°F. Line 3 large baking sheets with parchment. Measure 2 level tablespoonfuls dough; roll between palms into ball. Place on prepared sheet. Using fingers, spread out dough to 3-inch-diameter disk. Repeat with remaining dough, spacing 5 inches apart.

Bake cookies 8 minutes; reverse sheets. Bake cookies until flat and beginning to darken around edges, about 10 minutes. Transfer cookies on parchment to rack (cookies will crisp as they cool). DO AHEAD Can be made 4 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

Place rack inside rimmed baking sheet. Place chocolate chips in small microwave-safe bowl. Heat chips in microwave in 15-second intervals until smooth, stirring occasionally. Place cookies on rack. Drizzle melted chocolate over cookies. Let stand until chocolate sets, about 30 minutes.


RecoveringCoffeeholic said...

I was on BonAppetits website and saw your link.

I am a new follower of your bog. :)

*Maria Delgado*

Joy Bugaloo said...

Hi, Maria! Thanks so much for your note. I will check out your blog soon! :-) --Gina