Hmmm… this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie Baking with Julia cookies (Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies, p 330) are lucky that I didn’t make them just yesterday and blog about them today. Because these cookies get better a few days later. It’s also lucky Mr Neil was not around over the weekend I did bake them because we would not have had the chance to realise that!
These cookies are pretty simple to bake up – they do require a rest in the fridge for a few hours though. I left mine overnight and found the dough very “Play Doh” like and hard to separate into tablespoon-size portions. Hence my recipe (halved so it should have made 24) only made 15 of these suckers – the biggest cookies you’ll ever see. Only 9 of them fit on a tray once they were baked!
I was a little disappointed that more of the mocha didn’t come through – it was quite strong in the dough but not in the finished cookie. That said, I used a shot of espresso in the mix instead of the coffee powder the recipe called for. I really do need to keep some coffee extract or something on hand for baking….
I was initially unimpressed by these cookies. They seemed flat and “blah”. Not at all like these chocolate chip cookies which we are not allowed to have in the house anymore for fear of eating them all in a day! To their credit, these cookies, whilst not mocha-tasting at all, were delectably chewy which is how we like chocolate chip cookies in our house. I was worried they would dry up and harden over time though. But the next day, they were still chewy. And the day after that and the day after that. And they still tasted great. So not the ultimate chocolate chip cookie but a pretty good one. And no, I did not use apricots in the recipe as per the “option”. Had I done that I might have opted for white chocolate chips instead. Now maybe there’s something I need to try….
This week’s Tuesdays with Dorie, Baking with Julia hosted by Peggy of Galettista and you can find the recipe posted on her blog here. Tuesdays with Dorie participants do not publish the recipes on our blogs except if we happen to be the host for the week, rather, we prefer if you purchase Baking with Julia for yourselves which you can do here on Amazon or Amazon Canada. Or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository. Then join us, baking along at Tuesdays with Dorie. Go on, you know you want to.