You know when you sit down at a restaurant and the server tells you about the specials and it comes out as saffron infused blah blah topped with a truffled goat cheese mousse drizzled with some sort of reduction, and while you are pretty sure that anything sounding this exquisite must be good you also aren’t really sure what to expect on your plate? Well, I have been giving this over the top business some thought. And while fine foods have their place, I mean, I love me some duck confit ravioli on a bed on arugula with a butter sauce, the simple basics do to… I mean, who does not love a big casserole of mac n’ cheese?
So, rather than trying to think up something pretty, something unique, something tiered, something fine for Bill’s birthday, I went old school. I pulled out my stained and dog eared recipe cards and I baked him a box of cookies. Nothing fancy or delicate in this birthday box: no lavender being infused or macron shells being piped. Just hearty, tasty, warm your heart cookies baked at 350F: double chocolate, peanut butter and oatmeal raisin.
If anyone could appreciate a tupperware full of cookies it would be Bill. He likes meat, quadding, bulldozers, Jesus, fishing, building, snow mobiles, diesel, digging, diet Coke, hugs, laughing, coffee and driving fast. Period. Although, I need to add to this man-list that he recently bought his wife’s chihuahua a french beret. But despite this interesting, somewhat out of character purchase, he is a go big or go home sort of fellow with an equally big heart for people. The sort of heart that would be warmed, I thought, by some duffie-made cookies.
Happy Birthday Bill.
Double Chocolate Cookies
adapted from Cannelle et Vanille
160 grams sugar
55 grams unsweetened chocolate
80 grams semi-sweet chocolate
80 grams bittersweet chocolate
(I didn’t have all of these in the specific amount so I just mixed what I did have to 215 grams total)
80 grams butter (6 Tbsp)
40 grams flour
1 gram baking powder
2 grams salt
165 grams chocolate chips
Mix the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer. In the meantime, melt the 3 chocolates and the butter together over a water bath. When the chocolate is smooth, add it to the eggs and mix until combined. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, mix. Fold the chocolate chips in by hand. It will be very liquid at this point so allow to rest on the counter for an hour.
Preheat oven to 350F. When hard but pliable, scoop out balls onto a sheet pan lined with parchment. Bake for 12 minutes until the edges are set. The centre may look a bit soft, but will dry out as they cool.
these cookies are freaking awesome