2013/03/19

Anything goes (Tuesdays with Dorie BwJ: Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies)

When I was young, we used to have a pet poodle.

He was the scraggliest looking thing but I loved him.

His name was Mikey.

We acquired him when his former owners threw him out of the car one rainy night.

Apparently, the sight of me sitting outside in the rain in my little yellow raincoat hugging that scruffy looking beast was too much for my parent to handle - they let me keep him. I am sure it was utterly pathetic.

That goofy dog would eat almost anything. A regular little hoover he was.

The weirder the food, the more likely it was that Mikey would like it.


Can I just say, that judging by some of the comments on the Ps&Qs for this week's recipe I am a little afraid that I am going to be the only person who enjoyed these cookies?

I was feeling a little bit like that poodle who would eat almost anything.

I used dried apricots. (Boy, they were plump. No need to reconstitute.)


I used the espresso powder. (I love that stuff - it's a staple in my pantry. It makes chocolate taste more chocolatey.)


I used a full pound of chocolate. (Five kinds - used up all those partials as party of my pantry pare-down campaign.)


And I liked them. I really, really liked them.

I am not sure what it says about me and my taste buds.


It could mean that I am not normal.

That is not news. I already knew that.


The Fussy Eater liked them too.

I am not sure what that says about her.

I don't think I am going to go there...


This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. The recipe for Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies can be found on the site of this week's host: Peggy of Galettista.

28 comments:

  1. It´s two of us at least. I simply LOVED them, think they´re one of the best cookies I ever had. And everyone that tasted them thought the same. I even added hazelnuts too! Love how you added so many chocolates Cher!

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  2. I think you are perfectly normal Cher - I liked these very much, and they were a hit at work - people actually came especially to tell me so, which is rare. I left out the apricots, primarily because I made the cookies at night after work and I couldn't be fagged finding the apricots. They look great!

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  3. Cher, noooo you are not alone: I LOVED THEM, too.
    I just could not leave my extremly positive comments on Ps&Qs as I've been a "late baker" ... so glad I could make it on time for our rendez-vous.
    Oh your pet story went straight into my heart!
    Just to show you that you are perfectly normal (or the two of us aren't!), I've DOUBLED the ingredients (with some changes), split the dough into 4 portions and added different ingredients (such as orange, pecan+walnuts, dried cherries, almonds): a winner in our house

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  4. I feel as if I'm constantly on campaigns to use up things in the kitchen, so I can appreciate your five-chocolate approach to these cookies. (For these cookies, in fact, I used up a warehouse-club-size bag of Ghirardelli double chocolate chips!) Your cookies look like they turned out great.

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  5. No, you're not alone! These were good - and the dough too. Even my picky sister liked them! Don't you love using up all the "extras" in the pantry. It always makes me feel good when I can use up everything rather than throwing it out.

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  6. I LOVED them, Cher. And the dough too. Great idea for cleaning out the pantry. Adorable pet story. So did you name him after the Life Cereal commercial?

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  7. You are brave for using the apricots. No way they were getting near my cookies!

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  8. love the poodle story! the cookies weren't bad but i think i could have left out the apricots and just added more chocolate or nuts.

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  9. I enjoyed your post! :) These cookies were a huge hit at my house and with my tasters! I didn't use the apricots though..just chocolate!

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  10. I liked them a lot - maybe us pro-Mocha-Chippers were too busy eating to comment on the P&Q! I skipped the apricots, but liked the coffee + chocolate flavor.

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  11. So glad you loved these! They're a new favorite around these parts! :)

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  12. You are so not the only one who loved these. I thought they were fabulous! And here I thought I was being ambitious using 3 different types of chocolate! 5!! I bow to your chocolate use! :)

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  13. I liked them too!!! I made the different variations cos I thought I wouldn't like them n the original version was my favourite. Dried apricots, coffee n choc! Who knew they'd work so well together!
    (this is my third attempt to leave a comment so sorry if they all come thru at once! N now it's trying to put me down as anonymous so in case it goes thru like that it's sanya here! )

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  14. Cher, what an inpressive array of delicious chocolates you added to these cookies - we adored them with dark chocolate and dried apricots - none left at our house.
    Have a great Wednesday!

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  15. I really enjoyed them too.. and five types of chocolate.. wow.. you really upped the chooclate quotient...

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  16. "Spoon please" - I hear you. I also loved, loved the flavour, even though mine turned into something completely different. Who would have thought coffee +apricot + chocolate = utterly delish?

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  17. They certainly sound like a cookie I would love, Cher! The addition of espresso powder sounds wonderful mixed with all that chocolate. These are on my list to make, as soon as my hubby is off of South Beach. They look and sound wonderful!

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  18. Clearly I need to try these again - indeed, à la Cher ;) Your slook fabulous!!!

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  19. Oh I loved these as well. I made them before looking at the P&Q post for these and was shocked to find that so many other bakers did not seem to care for them. Usually I can resist cookies, but not these! Maybe I'll give the apricots a try next time...

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  20. After seeing your chocolate bars, I've decided I made a mistake not to go to the "candy" section of the pantry. What was I thinking? Next time, I'm chopping and clearing...

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  21. These babies grew on me. I usually have just one cookie after dinner. With these, I seem to go back for seconds. Enough said :)

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  22. I loved them! I wasn't brave enough to add the apricots, but maybe someday. These are the kind of cookie that would be good anyway you have them I bet!

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  23. Your cookies look perfect, Cher. I'm glad you liked these and so did the fussy eater - that's definitely a seal of approval.

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  24. Aw, I totally love that poodle story (I'm a complete sap for rescued animals). I've never tried these cookies, but, while they sound a bit suspect to me, I can see how the flavors would come together in the end. (Oh, and I'm there with the pantry clean-out. I've got stuff tucked in cabinets that I just have no clue of why I would've used them. Canned cream of asparagus soup (expired, of course)? What the what?)

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  25. I loved these too! I was definitely surprised that so many people didn't like them...Cute story. What a lucky dog!

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  26. I loved these cookies. Two of my favorite flavors -- chocolate and coffee! My husband took some to work, I took some to work, everyone enjoyed them.
    -Lisa

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  27. That is a sweet boatload of different chocolate! Can't go wrong there!

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  28. That's a LOT of chocolate :) And you don't even love chocolate... I have falled off the TWD rails, but this one (maybe without the apricots) is tempting me back on. The cookies look amazing.

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