Monday, May 6, 2013

White Chocolate Chunk Chocolate Cookies & a cookbook GIVEAWAY!



I realize that the title of this post has the word "chocolate" in it twice.

It deserves it. Believe me.

I also realize that if I don't get my daily dose of chocolate, my mood ring would change from blue to amber. Apparently that means I'm "unsettled", and apparently in the 1990's I needed a ring to tell me that. 

Let me make something clear though. White chocolate is not actually chocolate. 

White chocolate is made up of mostly milk solids, like skim milk powder, sugar and cocoa butter. It does not contain any cocoa mass, which is the dark stuff that gives chocolate its coffeey, vanillaey, roasty and bitter flavour. Really good white chocolate can be described as having a caramel flavour or cooked milk taste, and it should have a high percentage of cocoa butter (look for a minimum of 30% cocoa solids). If you see any other fats on the ingredient list, like butter oil or hydrogenated vegetable fat, put it down because it has "SHAME" written all over it.

Same goes for dark chocolate. Look for "cocoa butter" and cocoa butter only! That's the real deal.



Good luck not eating at least 2 1/2 cookies worth of dough before you even preheat the oven. It's nearly impossible. I've tried. I always lose. Cookie dough wins.

These cookies are best served warm and in twos. One is for wussies. Just go for it.

The centers will be soften and fudgy like a warm brownie. You might need to close your eyes at this point to really appreciate how amazing they are.



White chocolate provides a nice milky contrast to the sweet and salty cocoa dough.

This recipe is adapted from my "Choc-A-Lot Cookies" in my cookbook Scientifically Sweet, which I am giving away to one lucky North American!

Here's how to enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me what you would eat for dessert if it was the last thing you could ever eat...EVER.
2. Mosey onto facebook and give a little love on my page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Form-V-Artisan/101281603244881

I will choose a winner at random and contact you via e-mail next week (May 17) & I will personally send a shiny new copy of Scientifically Sweet to your front door! Just one rule - shipping limits me to delivery within Canada and USA. This giveaway is genuinely sponsored by the Christina Marsigliese Fund.

Good luck!


White Chocolate Chunk Chocolate Cookies
Makes about 20 cookies

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp finely ground instant coffee granules
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
125 g (½ cup plus 1 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
170 g/6 oz pure white chocolate (minimum 30% cocoa solids), chopped into chunks

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt and coffee granules. Sift in cocoa powder to remove any lumps and then stir the ingredients together to blend evenly; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream together butter and both sugars by hand using a wide rubber spatula until somewhat light and smooth. Stir in egg and vanilla extract until well incorporated and smooth.

Add flour mixture to the butter mixture all at once and stir until most of the flour is absorbed, but a few streaks remain. Add white chocolate chunks and fold them into the dough. Do not over-mix. You should end up with a soft and somewhat moist dough. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly over the surface of the dough in the bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and use a 1.5-oz quick-release ice cream scoop to portion mounds of dough, spacing them 2 inches apart. Alternatively, loosely drop 1.5-oz mounds of dough (about two tablespoons) onto prepared baking sheets. If you like the bumpy rustic look of these cookies, do not roll the dough into smooth balls. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Bake until slightly cracked at the surface but still a bit soft in the middle, about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not over-bake these because they will set up as they cool.

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44 comments:

  1. These look and sound soooo good! I totally pictured myself biting into the soft center filling my mouth with rich chocolatey goodness... mmmmm.... :)
    Wish I lived in the US :/ But good luck to everyone else participating in the giveaway!

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  2. There is a local chocolatier who has won all kinds of state awards. He makes a dark chocolate lemon cream candy that is so good you cannot event think while you are eating it. Hmmm, I may just have to drop by today!

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  3. Last thing that I would eat would be chocolate mousse with fresh raspberries.
    karenreichmann@hotmail.com

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  4. These cookies look amazing...I LOVE white chocolate! :)
    My 'last dessert' would have to be my mom's yogurt cake with fresh berries!

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  5. Crazy crazy delicious. Brownie-textured chocolate cookies...I'm in heaven.

    Not entering the comp as I'm in Australia - although I'll be moving to the US shortly!

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  6. I'd definitely choose cookies. Probably chocolate chip. It's one of those good things you just can't get too much of.

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  7. Tiramisu cheesecake, probably my two favorites ever that I have a hard time saying "no" to!

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  8. A BIG bowl of french vanilla ice cream topped with lots, LOTS of thick, gooey, real chocolate fudge (your recipe of course), slightly warm. Does the fact that I'm your mom disqualify me? lol
    love you
    mom

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  9. Coconut chocolate chunk blondies

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  10. Oh my goodness these look amazing!! I am making these today!!
    Thanks for the recipe and the chance to win your amazing cookbook!!!

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  11. I would eat for my last dessert banana pudding!! This has always been my fave, homemade of course!!!!

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  12. Tiramisu! emilywells10@gmail.com

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  13. creme brulee. No doubt about it!

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  14. What I would eat for dessert if it was the last thing I could ever eat? This is difficult. There are too many good choices. It's a tie between angel food cake with strawberries and chewy ginger snap cookies!

    I love reading your blog and understanding the science to baking, so having your cookbook would be awesome! Thanks for doing the giveaway!

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  15. This recipe sounds awesome!!! Definitely go for the white chocolate bar and cut it up. I haven't found any White Choc Chips that have cocoa butter in them. My dessert of choice (if it were the last thing I ate) would have to be my childhood favorite: Stroopwafels. It consists of two thing wafers with a thin caramel filling in between.

    I have made several of your recipes (my all-time fave is the Double Choc Banana muffins which I made again just last week). Needless to say, I already like your FB page. Thanks for doing the giveaway :o)

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  16. If I could only have one more desert, I think it would absolutely have to be the chocolate chip cookies that my mom taught me to make. They're simple and yummy, but so comforting when I need it most.

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  18. Would probably be Mexican hot chocolate brownies. Although my decision might change after reading through your cookbook!

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  19. It would definitely be something chocolatey and peanut buttery. Maybe the BEST chocolate cake with Peanut butter mousse filling, covered with a chocolate ganache?

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  20. I would eat a whole meal of buckeyes (the Ohioan confection, not the nut)! :)

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  21. I would eat anything with chocolate and strawberries in it.. Ohhh like a strawberry shortcake filled with chocolate mousse! oh yeah! that would be really good!

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  24. Deep Dark chocolate cake, iced with a chocolate ganache.

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  25. Hellooooo, It definitely has to be Chocolate icecream! Loveeee it!

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  26. Probably cheesecake, yum!

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  27. Really? Just one dessert? I would eat a whole meal of just desserts if it was the last thing I could ever eat! But, I would probably say white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with raspberry purée.

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  28. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh hands down dark chocolate cheesecake with a hint of nutella with a chocolate brownie base... oh yum! Thanks for hosting a giveaway - love your blog!
    Lee@rolfmester@yahoo.com

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  29. My head wants to explode at the thought of having to choose one last dessert! It would have to be a either several chocolate eclairs with a caramel/vanilla whipped cream filling or a gynormus bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough made with browned butter and extra vanilla!

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  30. I would definitely have a huge slice of chocolate fudge cake!

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  31. Hi, I really loved your blog. I tried three of your recipes already: Chocolate chips cookies, Double Choc Banana muffins, and Banana Oat Muffins. they all turned out great, although I favored the Double choc Banana muffins as I'm a chocolate lover.
    My last dessert would probably be a chocolate mouse cake with raspberries.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck to everyone!!:)

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  32. Ooh - that's a tough one....I think I have to go with a rich chocolate layer cake with real chocolate buttercream frosting - and lots of it. Really, the cake should simply be a delicious vehicle for the best ever thick, rich chocolate frosting. Mmmmm.

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  33. is it okay to leave out the coffee granules if we don't have any? i know it's a chocolate flavor enhancer, but I would like to avoid having to buy a can of instant coffee. Thank you!

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    1. Yes, no worries. You can leave out the coffee granules if you don't have them - they do add a lovely flavour, though!

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  34. I think the classiest thing you've done here
    Great Job!
    It's Fantastic to see something so far.
    This is great and just what i've looking for.
    Thanks a lot.

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  35. Can you please tell me whether you can use dutch process cocoa for this recipe? Thanks!

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