Wednesday, January 5, 2011

[Cookie 095] Chocolate Waffle Cookies

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Hey team. Happy New Years!! Oh-ten is so last week; oh-leven is here to stay! 2011! Twenty-in-heaven! Two-thousand-agendum! I smell good things for this year, and a lot of those things have chocolate in them, so get ready.

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But first: Remember those Gingersnap Palmiers? You better, because it was only last week. Well get this: I made the second batch of dough on New Year's Eve, intending to take them to a party I was going to. And I decided that they might taste better if I didn't brush them with more of that molasses-ginger syrup (since that made them a little soggy), but instead sprinkle some turbinado sugar on them and bake them as is. Well, that worked out brilliantly and the cookies came out light, crispy, and delicious. I let them sit on the counter to cool and went about my business. I come downstairs, and half the batch is gone. Thanks Mom and Dad! They were very sorry and apparently had no idea I wanted to bring them to a NYE party (we won't get into my skepticism on that matter). Anyways, I leave for the party without cookies--am I really going to bring 10 cookies to a party? No!--have a nice time, ring in oh-leven with McDonald's fries (weird, I know), and then come home exhausted the next day only to find that....THEY ATE THE REST OF THE BATCH. Seriously, what the hell?? You can give a mouse/parents a cookie, and then something something something....end result: no cookies for you! Sad baker.

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Ranting. Sorry, bad way to start off my first post of the new year. Well, here's a better way to start off the new year: Chocolate Waffle Cookies! Yeah, fuck that new year's resolution diet thing! Eat these and you'll be happier anyways, and that should be everyones biggest resolution for oh-leven right? Happier, sappier, dapper! No waffling; just pick this recipe and go for it!

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Okay, but resolutions aside, how could you even turn down a cookie as cute as this? It looks like a baby waffle, but tastier!! I would have to admit, however, that these probably shouldn't be called cookies, since they are essentially just cake. But I'm not complaining! They are really fun to make and have a lovely flavor. There is a hefty amount of cinnamon in the dough, which really deepens the taste of the cookie when it is a day old. The glaze is nice too, but you could totally skip it or just glaze half the batch (that's what I did, since I ran out of glaze); with the unglazed ones, just pop them in the toaster oven and they get all warm and slightly crisped on the outside. Perfection. Add hot chocolate, or maybe just a glass of milk, and you're on your way to being Happiest Baker 2011 edition.

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So you're convinced now? You've dug up that old waffle maker hiding in the depths of that hard-to-reach pantry and you've turned your regular cocoa powder into Dutch-processed (do it, save yourself a lot of money!). Great! Here are a few pointers: Once you've made the batter, make sure your waffle iron has really gotten to its proper heat. I have a pretty ancient one and turns out it takes it about 3 days to preheat, so make sure you get it fully hot before you start making the cookies. If it isn't preheated, it will continue to rise in temperature and burn your cookies, or just make it so you're never quite sure when they'll be done. If you see smoke, it's too hot/finished!

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Another tip: Use a cookie scoop to drop the batter onto the waffle iron. It makes your "waffles" perfectly shaped and helps the whole process be a lot easier/less messy.

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Hurray! Your first cookies of the new year are beautiful and tasty! You are happier, I am happier knowing that you liked this recipe. On our way to being better people. Awesome.

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Chocolate Waffle Cookies
Makes about 4 dozen (mine made only 3 dozen)

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 18 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder, plus 2 tablespoons for icing
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray

  • Directions

  • Melt chocolate with 1 cup butter (2 sticks) in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Let cool slightly.
  • Put eggs, vanilla, and granulated sugar in bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium speed until pale, 4 to 5 minutes. Mix in chocolate mixture, salt, cinnamon, 1/2 cup cocoa powder, and the flour.
  • Heat a waffle iron until hot. Lightly coat grids with cooking spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter onto center of each waffle-iron square to make 1 1/2-inch rounds. Close cover; cook until set, about 1 1/2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, bottom sides up. Let cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter, coating grids with cooking spray after each batch.
  • Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add confectioners' sugar and remaining 2 tablespoons cocoa powder; stir until smooth. Stir in milk.
  • Gently dip 1 surface of each cookie in icing so that just the waffle lines (not gaps) are coated. Repeat with remaining cookies and icing. Transfer to wire racks; let stand until set, about 10 minutes. Dust iced surfaces of cookies with confectioner's sugar. Cookies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers at room temperature up to 2 days.

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    {End Results}
    Baking Difficultly: 2/5
    Ingredient Accessibility: 5/5
    Tastiness: 4/5
    Attractiveness: 4.5/5
    Is it worth it?: Yes

    {Pairings}
    Drink: Hot chocolate, or coffee. Or milk. You know the "flavor palette" I'm goin' for here...
    Song: In the New Year -- The Walkmen
    Activity: Waffle waffle waffle. Saying the word waffle a lot. Good activity.

    9 comments:

    Barbara E said...

    Shamed in public! But it was so worth it - those gingersnap palmiers were to die for! yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

    Your loving and worthy Mom

    Anonymous said...

    Man, did we get slammed! They were too good....

    Anonymous said...

    mmmmmmmmnnnnnn

    -claire

    PS SEE YOU SOON!!! xoxoxo

    Medifast Coupon said...

    The best use of a waffle maker ! These decadent little treats look like heaven and chocolate. Nice work!

    Mary said...

    I found my way here by chance. I'm so glad I did. I could really get to like the food and recipes you feature here. These cookies are to die for. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

    Steph said...

    These cookies are so cute! I love that they're made on a waffle maker. Totally making this one!

    Gianna said...

    These look amazing! I found the pic on serious eats and had to come on over for the recipe :)

    A Busy Nest said...

    I love that you take the time to bake while in college. Martha Stewart's Cookies are a worthy goal!

    Cathy Pieroz said...

    Wow these look absolutely fantastic and I bet they taste just as great! I'll be giving these a go for my next high tea I think :) - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills