It’s another Smitten Kitchen post! Huzzah! It’s been a weird year, so I haven’t gotten to nearly as many of my planned recipes as I had intended, but I think I’m headed back into it. Honestly, though, I made these months ago and just never got around to sharing them with you.
The name is really fitting on these – they are the gooeyest things I think I’ve ever baked. And since I spent several years inventing my own recipe-less cooking projects, that’s saying something. They don’t look that gooey in the pictures, but trust me – it’s alllll goo.
It’s almost here – the impending family, friends, food coma, and gift wrap extravaganza that is Christmas. And in our time of frantic shopping, wrapping, planning, decorating, baking, preparing, I thought I’d share a calm moment of bliss.
Nothing could be more holiday-appropriate than peppermint hot chocolate with under-baked chewy chocolate triple-gingerbread. So take a quick break from your high pressure schedule and cozy down with a warm drink, some cookies, and a loved one. Take a moment to appreciate a few smooth creamy sips before the sugar rush kicks in and you slam back into the ever-hectic Now.
If you’re feeling decadent, you could even pull out that milk frother you bought years ago but have only used twice. When’s a better time than the Thursday before Christmas? ―When all through the house every creature is busily shuffling tissue paper and curling ribbons, counting labels and triple checking the list to make sure no one is missing.
Today, after a hard day of moving an office, Calin requested cookies. Then he advised me that he would even help me make them, and that I could listen to Christmas music while we made them, just this once, if I wanted. (Please keep in mind that it is still October, in case I take forever to actually post this.)
I asked him if he was sick, or if he had been abducted and replaced.
And thus, cookie season begins.
Cookies might be my favorite thing. Or cheese. Or chocolate. Or tea. But probably cookies. And the best cookies are chocolate chip cookies. And the best chocolate chip cookies are soft and chewy and warm from the oven. They should be so soft and chewy and warm that you can barely hold them without them falling apart, and the chocolate chips should leave chocolate smears on anything they touch. Ghirardelli is the master of chocolate, so it just makes sense that they would be the master of chocolate chip cookies, too. And they are.
Every year for the last 5 or 6 years, Alice and I have helped Parthy make Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread cookies. Last year’s cookies were documented by iPhone. This year, I documented faithfully by camera until the very end, when I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished dough until it was already wrapped and in the freezer.
I haven’t baked these yet, so all you get here is the dough making process. We used my KitchenAid mixer this year, and discovered that you can make up to 5x the recipe (carefully) in one batch in my 6-quart mixing bowl. Awesome. My verdict is also that if you chopped everything ahead of time, these would take no time at all. (more…)
These didn’t make it into the rotation on Thanksgiving day, so I snuck them into the following weekend.
The dough was really tasty, although I’m not 100% sure I liked the way the pumpkin flavor turned out – I might try a different brand next year – but the cookies… The cookies were actually more like cookie-shaped pumpkin chocolate chip muffins. The texture was very different from a cookie, almost fluffy. But they were delicious, and we did eat the 12 that I baked that night.
Let the annual cookie-thon begin! I apologize in advance for the change in quality of my pictures – most of these were taken with my handy iPhone, since I didn’t even think to take my camera with me as part of the cookie-making supplies. Nonetheless, I think they adequately represent the sheer absurdity of this cookie dough extravaganza.
This is the second annual Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Insanity. Parthy has been making them for much longer, but Alice and I just joined in the fun last year. Parthy has been telling us for years that these was the most difficult, time consuming cookie recipe in creation (Well, maybe that’s an exaggeration. I’m sure she has quite a few seriously high maintenance cookie recipes.) and for years we’ve been telling her we didn’t care, we still wanted to make them. So we did. And she’s right. This year I had broken thumbs to prove it. (Okay, not broken. But really, really sore.) (more…)