Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops


Picasso had his blue period. Woody Allen had his Scarlett Johansson period. And we Tuesdays with Dorie bakers, we are in the midst of our great Cookie Period. Last week we did Chunkariffic Peanutty Buttery Oatey Chocolatey Cookie-y Chubbers (or whatever they were called) and this week we have Chocolate Malted Whopper Drops. No boring cookies for us, no sir.

The dough for these cookies has cocoa powder and malted milk powder (I used chocolate-flavored malted milk) and the cookies are studded with chopped malted milk balls--aka Whoppers--and chocolate chips.

I'd never baked with Whoppers before (go figure) and wasn't quite sure what to expect. Turns out I'm not a huge fan. Malted milk balls aren't on the top of my favorite candy list anyhow, but once they're baked, they lose their crunchy texture and become more chewy, with a stick-in-your-teeth quality that I didn't like. Which is unfortunate, because I really loved the dough. It had a deep, rich quality to it, like eating a mug of hot chocolate, and it stayed beautifully soft and tender for days. I would definitely keep the dough recipe, but omit the Whoppers next time.

That being said, a strange thing happened to me after I baked these cookies. I brought them to a family gathering and munched on them over the course of a long weekend. I don't know if they really changed texture, or if I came down with some sort of cookie-related Stockholm Syndrome, but I ended up really liking these by the end! The chewy Whoppers seemed to lose some of their stickiness, and the cookie became more uniform in texture. Four days after baking them, I liked them significantly more than when they were fresh out of the oven.

What did my fellow Dorites and Doritos think? Did you enjoy the Whopper experience?

17 comments:

  1. Weird - mine didn't last that long :) I liked them anytime.

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  2. Double the chocolate with the chips! Yum. I am glad that you ended up liking them, they were loved in my house and the dough was delicious!

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  3. I wound up changing my mind about these, too! Weird. I love your photo presentations of these. Really creative.

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  4. Love your photos! And I agree, these cookies tasted better a day or two later!

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  5. Great photos and tasty cookies!! YUM!

    I posted something about your chocolate today:) THANKS AGAIN! We are in heaven with that chocolate!

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  6. Oh yes! CUT OUT THE WHOPPERS!!!!!!!

    I don't like malt:-)
    Fabulous pictures btw!
    Hannah

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  7. Hmmmm...now I'm curious to know what the texture will be like once these are thawed from the freezer. They look so good!

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  8. That was hilarious! I liked mine better later too. I love the pics of the tiered plates with the whoppers.

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  9. We liked them on day 1. There's a nice chewy chocolate thing going on. I only baked enough for milk & cookies & put the rest of the dough in the frig. But now I want to bake the rest and see how they taste on days 2-4 - if they last that long.

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  10. I'm loving the TWDers cookie period! They tasre better after 4 days you say? I don't know if they would last as long if I made them!

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  11. Fabulous photos!!! I do love me some homemade cookies, but I will be glad to move onto something else after next week. I don't have much self control when it comes to cookies and this next batch is going to test my mettle. I foresee many miles on the treadmill to pay for them :-)

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  12. Yep, it's us an Picasso! Don't forget about our fruit period...
    We didnt have any left at 4 days, but I did save my (pathetic attempt at) ice cream sandwiches for a couple of weeks and they are quite tasty
    Nancy

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  13. I love your cookies! The first picture is my favorite. I thought those little whoppers were chewy and hard on the teeth too. Im excited to see your Chocolate Chunkers! Speaking of Chunk...we all may be that after all these cookies! I love your interest comment..eat sugar and exercise..sounds like my life!

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  14. Your cookies look great! Glad you ended up liking them!

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  15. I love your first picture: combining the whoppers with the cookies, also I must agree with you: the cookies taste better as they grow (just a bit) older!

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  16. doritos? ha. that is a cute name

    your cookies look great.

    actually, i made these again today with bigger pieces of whoppers and it was a mistake - smaller is better i think. the big pieces were so hard and i hated them!

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