Monday, December 5, 2016

Baking From My Home to Yours: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops #FBLCookieExchange


Guys.

Can we just agree 2016 never happened?

Can we just say that 2015 went straight into 2017 and that none of this year ever, ever happened?

As it stands, I have one photo of these cookies because I have turned my entire house upside down and cannot find the cord to my camera to upload any others.  I took one photo with my phone and decided "Hey, these cookies would look much better with a real camera taking the pictures."

And that was a true statement.  Except you'll never see them.

So do you guys remember my past Great Food Blogger Cookie Swaps?  (See 2014 and 2015.)  The lovely coordinators of that cookie exchange decided not to do it this year.

Sadness!

Luckily, Allison of The PinterTest Kitchen and Sarah of The Fantastical Sharing of Recipes decided to put together the Food Blogger Love Cookie Exchange 2016 this year so the cookie love could keep rolling. Each blogger that took part in the exchange either donated to CLIMATES- Rescue and The Bunny Hutch Boutique, an animal rescue in Virginia that takes in and feeds animals that traditional shelters don't take in (snakes, turtles, rabbits, ferrets, lizards, etc.) or to No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.

It was a very similar setup to the GFBCS in that each blogger received the names of 2 other loggers and sent a dozen cookies to each one.  I super lucked out this year, and since I don't have awesome pictures of the cookies I made, I'll show you the awesome cookies other food bloggers sent me.

Sara of Cook with 5 Kids sent me Graham Chocolate Cookies.  I shared these at work, and they were a huge hit!


Renee of If Spoons Could Talk sent me Double Chocolate Chip Caramel Stuffed Cookies.  Maybe the best cookies I've ever eaten?  I banned Dennis from eating these.  These were all for me.


And the third blogger I was matched with was Tricia of Friends, Food, Family.  Tricia was a Super Blogger this year and sent me four different types of cookies:  Butterfinger Chocolate Chip Cookies, Chocolate Cookies, a chocolate and cherry biscotti, and a cookie with cardamon that I can't remember what else was in it, but I had to negotiate with Dennis and trade some of the biscotti for some of the last one. (Dennis and I also battled it out over the Butterfinger cookies...and since I'm just such a nice person, I even let him have the last one.)


So on to my cookies.

My cookies came from Baking: From My Home to Yours by the inimitable Dorie Greenspan, who I love so very much.  You might recognize her name from some blog posts from 2012 (holy crap...4 years ago??) when I cooked from her lovely French cookbook Around My French Table and made Roast Chicken and Hummus.

These cookies are delicious, even though you can't tell it from the picture.  How could any cookie that includes Whoppers be bad?  (Spoiler alert:  they're not.)

Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops
Makes about 30 Cookies


Ingredients

1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup chocolate-flavored Ovaltine (or malted milk powder)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 stick plus 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 cup whole milk
2 cups Whoppers candy
6 z. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped


Line two cookie sheets with parchment paper and preheat oven to 350°F.

Sift together flour, Ovaltine, cocoa, baking powder, and salt.

In another bowl, beat together butter and sugar for about 3 minutes until smooth.  Add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute between each addition.  Add vanilla and mix in.

Add half of the Ovaltine mixture into the butter mixture and mix until just combined.  Add milk.

Add remaining dry ingredients until they're just combined.

Add Whoppers and chocolate until just combined

Drop dough by the tablespoon onto the cookie sheets leaving 2 inches of space between each cookie.

Bake for 11-13 minutes.  Cookies should be puffed up, but set and soft to the touch.  Let the cookie rest for 2 minutes, the transfer to wire racks to cool.