Thursday, 26 February 2009

Oink! It's a Cookie Carnival!

Had your fill of sweets yet this week? No? I didn't think so. This month's Cookie Carnival pick is Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Toffee and Dried Cherries from Regan Daley's In the Sweet Kitchen.
These were indeed fudgy and delicious, mine spread a bit but were none the less tasty. One day I am going to have to pick up this book, I have heard so many wonderful things about it.

Not that I am lacking in cookbooks....

Chocolate Fudge Cookies with Toffee and Dried Cherries, Regan Daley, In the Sweet Kitchen

2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened dutch cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup tightly packed dark brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup plump moist dried sour cherries (optional)
8 ounces bitter chocolate or semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks about the size of the cherries (can use chocolate chips)
1 cup English toffee pieces, such as Skor Bits

Preheat oven to 350°F Line two heavy baking sheets, not non-stick with parchment paper and set aside. Sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a bowl and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of an electric or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and both sugars until light in color and fluffy - about 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the flour-mixture in 3 additions, blending just until the dry ingredients are moistened. This part is really easier with a wooden spoon since the batter is quite dense. (The dough may be frozen at this point for up to 4 months; wrap securely in plastic wrap, then in a plastic freezer bag; thaw in the refrigerator without removing its wrapping before portioning the cookies and baking.).
Drop the batter by heaping tablespoons onto the prepared baking sheets and place them in the center of the oven, turning half way through baking. Bake the cookies for 15-18 minutes or until barely set in the center and just firm around the edges.
Cool cookies on tray for 3-5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool completely before storing. Store in air tight containers, layered between sheets of parchment or waxed paper for up to 5 days.
Add a little homemade vanilla ice cream and you have a heck of an ice cream sandwich!