Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Detox January, Week 4: tragic salted chocolate cookies

Salted chocolate cookies
I thought long and hard about whether or not to write this post.


Well, firstly because I wanted this to be a celebratory "you-made-it-through-Detox-January-so-have-a-cookie" post, and it's not going to be.

Also, because generally these posts are about recipes or techniques that I have tried and tested and then recommend to you. But those cookies staring you in the face over there, regardless of their good looks, are not ones I would recommend very highly.

So is an anti-recommendation blog-worthy?

In the interest of being real, I decided it should be.

Lest you think that we eat awesomely all the time around here, with nary a slip-up.

Oh man, I started out with high hopes for these cookies. In fact, I was hoping they might rival the lauded salted oatmeal cookies, as they are billed as salty-sweet and there's a goodly amount of kosher salt in the recipe. But I was disappointed.

Now, in all fairness, these cookies are supposed to be a thumbprint cookie into which you pipe a blob of Nutella. But I wanted them to be transportable, so I decided to just make the cookie part.

Sugaring the salted dough balls

Where did it go wrong? It was something about the cooking time. The recipe calls for cooking each sheet a total of 10 minutes or so, at which point the edges should be set. Well, mine were still just dough (no setting at all) after 10 minutes ... and after 15 minutes ... and only just starting to set at the edges at 20 minutes! Jeez! I understanding adding or subtracting a few minutes to account for oven differentiation, but this seemed absurd.

And yet they ended up kind of hard. They are okay with milk or a cup of tea but are definitely more scone-ish (well, hard scones, anyway) than cookie-ish. Oh well. I guess I should have taken them out earlier, but I don't like nearly-raw cookies.

If you want to give them a try, by all means please do. Maybe ignore me and try taking them out after 10 minutes anyway. Maybe I just overthought the whole thing. Maybe the Nutella is really, really necessary. Maybe I have trust issues.

Maybe sometimes things just don't go according to plan.

Anyhoo, congratulations on your 2012 Detox January success! Have a cookie. A good one.

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  1. I hate when something doesn't work.

  2. Next time try popping a pan of water in the oven to keep them moist.
    Also, do you have an internal oven thermometer? I had the same issue until I bought one and discovered my oven was about 30 degrees cooler than it was showing!

  3. The pan of water is a good idea, since my oven is calibrated correctly (I'm sort of obsessed with checking that). But I doubt I'll even try these again -- too many other good cookies out there in the world!