Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentines Chocolate Chunk Cookies

I guess chocolate chip cookies are not that photogenic, or I just take crappy pictures.  I choose to blame the cookie.

 Hey, so you may or may not be sick of Valentine's day themed foods, but I'm not.  I mean pink, red and chocolate just go together you know?  So I wanted to get in one last theme treat before the end of the holiday. Now I still have like 50 pounds of Valentines sprinkles ( I may be obsessed or something.) So I will be using them on a few things, that may be posted after.  So for those things, we will not call them Valentine themed, we will say they are baked with love.  Because that totally allows me to post things I made after the day right?

  I thought so.
Doesn't this just scream Valentines? Do smarties scream?  If a smartie screams in the woods, does it make a sound?  And if so, why are the smarties in the woods in the first place?  I am so confused!
  Anyway this is an easy but yummy treat, and I have posted the recipe before.  I call it the perfect chocolate chip cookie base recipe.  I should trademark that right?  Well you got it here first, so that is almost as good.

  So I used the recipe I listed before and just Valentined it up a bit.  I wanted to use M&M's but there were no bags of the just red colours here.  Or if there were I couldn't find them.  So I went with smarties, which are almost as good, I was still eating these cookies like they were going to be my last.  Wait I do that with all my cookies, so you know, never mind.
I hate that he is getting so big, he almost doesn't need his stool anymore.  And ignore the mess, I make him measure at the counter so he doesn't spill all over my dining room floor.
  So to get started I had Pork Chop all set to help me, he measured out everything, twice!  I had to make a double batch.  We had a few things to make.  I wanted jumbo cookies for his hockey team ( and they were huge!) I wanted small ones for work to share and then I wanted to try making deep dish ones for Hubby to eat with ice cream.  At this point I should let you know that he never really got one, I was a little too fast for him in that way.  But they freeze well and I did not make myself sick; much.
See that is how I do it, make the kid work and then start putting it all together.
  So after Pork Chop measured everything out, he lost interest and I was left to mix everything up. Which is fine really, but sometimes I wonder if that is how he is going to be in life. Starting then never finishing things.  I hope not, or his future spouse may kill me.

  For these I did half smarties then half chocolate chunks because I wanted the two textures in the cookie.  It worked great, just so you know.
The chocolate chunks I use are like little mini chocolate wafers, so cute.  And tasty.
  For the jumbo cookies I used my large ice cream scoop, it is like 1/2 cup I think.  I just scooped four onto a lined cookie sheet and baked them for about 11 minutes.  I really like chewy cookies so they need to be under baked a bit.  

See they are so big you can only get 4 on a tray.

And then let them set on the cookie sheet for a few minutes before moving them to a cooling rack.  I used my smaller cookie scoop to do normal cookies and I used about 2 1/2 scoops of the dough to make my deep dish cookies.  I just used the silicon heart pan I had on hand.  Now just a word to the wise, not sure if it was the dough or the smarties but it sort of stained the mold with a white film, I have not really scrubbed it yet, but it may be the colour of the smarty, they do not bake as well as M&M's.
I just sort of mushed them in there, they were so good!  And I think they baked for about 11 minutes too.
  I put the jumbo cookies in some cookie bags I had and tied them with ribbon.  The kids were thrilled, and I felt like crap.  You know why?  When we were walking into the arena there was a bake sale set up.  I mean I had no idea, but then the team might have bought stuff if I had not brought the cookies.  So I felt bad and wanted to go say something about how horrible I am, but then they would probably think I was crazy.  Which I am, so I just gave out the cookies in the locker room and tried not to look at the kids selling stuff as we walked out.  Most of the cookies ended up being eaten as the kids left the arena, so you know, they were flaunting it, not me!

  For the little ones I packed a box for work, then froze the rest in bags of 6 to take out and eat as we liked.  And the deep dish ones, oh my word they were good.  If you freeze them you pop them in a bowl or plate and microwave for about 30 seconds and then top with ice cream.  If you don't freeze 15-20 seconds should do you.  

You can sort of see how thick this is, the center gets all gooey and chewy when you heat it up and it holds a scoop of ice cream on top just perfectly!

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Audrey @ DefrumpMe said...

You are so funny! I enjoyed reading your post and those cookies look delish!

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Your posts always make me crave sweets, Sue! :)

Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust said...

It's ALWAYS the food, never our photography. :) I never get tired of red and pink. These look so good!

Connie Mercer said...

love to see what you create with food!!Looks so good!!!

Sylvia Blum said...

*mmm*... *yum*... looks so good! :)

Maria @ Sage + Lavender said...

Your post was the perfect thing to read this morning with the morning I've had. It was too funny! These cookies look so yummy and they scream Valentine's Day :)

Oh my gosh, your kiddo is so cute! Him standing in the stool makes it more obvious that he is growing. :)

Margie Higuchi said...

Sick of food - NEVER! LOL!! LOVE this idea = YUM~!

Erin said...

Oh these look wonderful! Yes please!

Susan-The Weekly Sweet Experiment said...

Too funny. That would happen to me. Show up with sweets and there is a bake sale! Oh well. They look delicious. I love that you added a "All you Ever Wanted to Know About Me" page. I loved reading it. You crack me up!

Ambreen (Simply Sweet n Savory) said...

Wow! Gorgeous & delicious cookies, simply fantastic!

Heather McMullin said...

I am lovin' these cookies!! Best tip I ever got about taking pics of my food. Take the pic out side in the shade. This little tip help me TONS!!


Charles said...

I always have such huge problems photographing certain things - cookies are one of them, brown stews are another (they always look so darn unappetising in the photos!!)

Loving your cookies - you can't beat a good cookie with your afternoon tea :D

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

They look so yummy and you are hilarious! Thank you so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday! Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!