First, let me say how excited I am to be a part of the Tuesdays with Dorie group. Before I had a blog, I remember seeing the Tuesday with Dorie posts (or TWD as it is listed on most sites) and wishing that I could participate. I was a little sad when I realized that I couldn’t because I didn’t have a blog to showcase my work. Now I do, so I will be posting recipes every now and then from the new book we are working through, Baking with Julia.
I was first introduced to Dorie Greenspan (well not actually Dorie Greenspan, but her books!) when a dear friend and co-worker Kevin gave me a copy of both Baking from My Home to Yours and Around My French Table… amazing gift, right!! I have treasured those books and since receiving them have been in love with Dorie Greenspan’s work. Thanks Kevin!!
Now on to this months TWD recipe, Mocha Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I guess I have unknowingly been on a quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. Whenever I find a new recipe, I rush to try it in hope that it will be come The One. I was very excited to be starting out my TWD experience with a chocolate chip cookie recipe, especially one that has the addition of coffee (which I love). The starting players are pretty standard… except for the use of white sugar and dark brown sugar (which I didn’t have enough of, therefore the split brown sugars).
So, apricots in chocolate chip cookies, really? I wasn’t too sure about this, but I am a strong believer in trying new things. Plus, I figured I like chocolate covered dried fruit, I like the addition of apricot in trail mix that has chocolate, I like chocolate and apricot separately, so I thought I would give it a try. Just in case I found that I didn’t care for the apricot, I split the dough and added apricots to half of the batch. So, the verdict… I loved the apricot in these cookies. SO soooo so good!! You should definitely try it, at least once. These cookies are really good. The mocha and dark chocolate adds a nice depth of flavor to the regular chocolate chip cookie. The cookies are CHOCOLATY!!! I mean REALLY ooey gooey chocolaty! Every single bite you get a hit of chocolate. Its like chocolate held together by a little flour. These cookies also maintain their chewiness, which I like… but the edges are a little crisp, which is just perfect for me!
This was ONE of MANY cookies that I ‘tested’ just to make sure that they would be good enough to share!
Then I ‘tested’ it again the following night… with ice cream. Yep, still good. I guess I can share them now.