Chocolate & Cocoa, Recipe tryout

Recipe Tryout: Chocolate Puddle Cookies from 101 Cookbooks

Ahh Sunday. With the laziness and the stained sweat pants and the greasy hair stowed away in a knot. Gotta love it. That and the fact that you actually have time to fool around in the kitchen (not with your sex partner but with a spatula. Sorry, just realised that it might be potato-potaaartow to some people…), anyway, found this amazing looking but not quite as sexy sounding recipe on one of my favourite foodie blogs called 101 Cookbooks (maybe it’s a tiny bit because the blogger is also called Heidi). It’s for  “Chocolate Puddle Cookies” and is very simple but still has enough little dangers to keep you challenged. The “cakes” are basically crispy-chewy chocolate macaroon-like cookies but with no flour whatsoever. The batter consists mainly of cocoa, powdered sugar, egg whites and nuts. But be careful to follow the recipe or else you’ll end up with very very hard marengue like cookies. (as I did the second time I tried it and got overzealous with the cooking time).

The only changes I made to Heidi’s recipe were in the ingredients and not the process, so here are the ingredients I used, in case you want to try them out with her instructions:

Chocolate Puddle Cookies (1/4 of the original recipe ~ 5 large cookies or 10 small ones)

  • 75 grams roasted, peeled and coarsely chopped hazelnuts (I love the smell of them, the look of them, the taste of them and they go sooo much better with chocolate of any kind than the slightly bitter walnuts)
  • 110 grams powdered sugar
  • A small 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla sugar
  • 1 tsp grated Nescafé (to enhance the chocolate flavour)
  • 15 grams Valrhona cocoa (not used in the pictures above – there I used regular Dutch cocoa which was very nice but not nearly as dark and intense as Valrhona)