Friday, August 26, 2011

Chocolate Chubbies Should Evacuate

I wrote something in My Sweet and Savory about the evacuation but since then, there have been changes.  We are now in a mandatory evacuation area but our block is holding strong and not leaving yet.  Everyone is supposed to leave by tomorrow afternoon.  We are anticipating power outages so I am leaving you with two delicious recipes, the Chocolate Marshmallow marbled Mouse which is the post before this and Sarabeth's Chocolate Chubbies.

The cookies were what got Sarabeth started with her bakery.  I can see why.  These are amazing cookies.  I don't make big cookies but when she said the best size is an ice cream scoop size, I listened to her.  I did make the next batch a little smaller but still much bigger than my usual cookies.  These are saturated with chocolate flavor and chopped pecans and walnuts and little flour.  Like a potato chip, I am not sure, you can have only one.
Sarabeth's Bakery: From My Hands to Yours


Chocolate Chubbies  (adapted)
Recipe from Sarabeth’s Bakery by Sarabeth Levin 
Makes about 2 dozen cookies
Ingredients:
·        8 tablespoons (1 stick) maragarine, cut into ½-inch cubes
·        9 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (no more than 62 percent cacao), finely
·              chopped
·        3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
·        ½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
·        ½ teaspoon baking powder
·        ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
·        3 large eggs, at room temperature
·        1 ¼ cups superfine sugar
·        2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
·        2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
·        1 ½ cups (5 ½ ounces) coarsely chopped pecans
·        1 ¼ cups (4 ½ ounces) coarsely chopped walnuts (I was a half cup short on the walnuts so I subbed in, more pecans.)


1. Position racks in the center and top third of the oven and preheat to 350°F. Line two half-sheet pans with parchment paper.
2. Bring 1 inch of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over low heat. Put the butter in a wide, heatproof bowl, and melt the butter over the hot water in the saucepan. Add the semisweet and unsweetened chocolate, stirring often, until melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat and let stand, stirring occasionally, until cooled slightly but still warm, about 5 minutes.
3. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium bowl. Whip the eggs in the bowl of a heavy-duty stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment on medium-high speed until the eggs are foamy and lightly thickened, about 30 seconds. Increase the speed to high and gradually add the sugar, then the vanilla. Whip until the eggs are very thick and pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Reduce the mixer speed to medium and beat in the tepid chocolate, making sure it is completely incorporated. Change to the paddle attachment and reduce the mixer speed to low. Gradually add the flour mixture. Remove the bowl from the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the chocolate chips, pecans, and walnuts, making sure the chunky ingredients are evenly distributed at the bottom of the bowl.The dough will be somewhat soft.
4. Using a 2-inch ice-cream scoop, portion the batter onto the prepared pans, placing the cookies about 1 ½ inches apart. Bake the cookies immediately-if you wait, they won't be shiny after baking. Bake, switching the position of the pans from top to bottom and front to back about halfway through baking, until the cookies are set around the edges (if you lift a cookie from the pan, the edges should release easily, even if the center of the cookie seems underdone), 17 to 20 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool completely on the baking pans. (The cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature, with the layers separated by parchment paper, for up to 3 days.) 
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15 comments:

  1. Stay safe. I am pretty sure we are are only a couple hours from each other at most if not closer. Many areas around here have had to evacuate, we have not. Thoughts are with you.

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  2. No, I don't believe I could eat just one.
    Stay safe!

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  3. Yum! Your Chocolate Chubbies look great! I definitely couldn't stop at one. We were without power for 5 days during our severe thunderstorms in August. Not fun and I hope you don't have to endure that. Stay safe!

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  4. I hope you guys are okay Chaya and that you saved some of these cookies to get you through!

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  5. I hope you evacuated and are in a safe place Chaya! The cookies look extra fudgy and delicious. Keep safe. xoxo

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  6. Please do take care, Chaya! Read about the evacuation and praying that everyone will be fine. Thanks for sharing the delightful cookies!

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  7. I hope all is well have Irene moved through your area. At least you had these cookies as part of your hurricane supplies. I could live off these for a while. Thanks for sharing on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

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  8. I hope everything is going well for you! I do not miss the hurricanes, though I do miss living on the east coast. Your cookies look like the perfect treat while evacuating.

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  9. YUM! These cookies look incredible and delicious!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training Tomorrow! Plus there is going to be a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com/

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  10. I'm so glad you were okay, Chaya! I love the look and sound of these delicious cookies, and especially their wonderful name!

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  11. They look so delicious.

    I am so glad you are OK and that Irene is gone.

    Thank you for sharing it at Foodie Wednesday. Hope to see you there today with another great recipe.

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  12. Oh my goodness- how scary! I am glad that you are safe.
    These cookies seriously look delicious! I am amazed that you make them ice-cream scoop size! I have to try them! Thank you so much for linking up to Strut Your Stuff- we are so thankful for your support! We would love to have you stop by and link up again tomorrow with more of your great posts!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff.blogspot.com

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  13. yum...looks very delicious, am hungry, visiting from YS, hope you can visit me here too
    http://www.tropical7107islands.com/2011/08/yummy-sunday-my-kid%E2%80%99s-favorite-meal-for-breakfast.html

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  14. this chubbies can evacuate to my belly!

    Tea Party Tuesday link up is open again, would love to have you back! http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/2011/09/tea-party-tuesday-tea-party-sweets.html

    THANKS!

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