|Chewy Chocolate Cookies|
It has been a busy yet peaceful week here. I love weeks like this. Busy with job interviews and picking blackberries and a bit of thrifting. The one item that I came away with while out thrifting, was this lovely book, The Prune Gourmet. Now I know what you are thinking; prunes, oh my gosh!
But I really like them, and they are so very good for you. In addition they keep well in the pantry as all dried fruit does, but these little jewels seem to be juicier, if you can use that word to describe dried fruit! Even granddaughter likes them. Prunes have a deep and rich flavor, that enhances what ever they are cooked with.
Think; Chicken Marabella from the Silver Palate Cookbook or Maida Heatter's Prune and Walnut Layer Cake as examples of how delicious this fruit can be. There is also a great variety of recipes including a pulled pork with sauce at http://www.sunsweet.com/recipes/.
Today however I am thinking cookies. I have not baked something for our snacking pleasure this week, and I believe it is time. This is a simple, not too sweet, delicious cookie. If you wanted a sweeter cookie to offer as a dessert, simply add a chocolate glaze drizzle and they would be just right.
Chewy Chocolate and Prune Drops
adapted from The Prune Gourmet
375 degree oven
1 1/2 c prunes, diced
1 T water
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar
1 1/2 c flour
1 t baking soda
1/3 c cocoa powder
1/4 t salt
1 1/2 c walnuts coarsely chopped
1 c chocolate chips
Dice prunes, combine with the water in a small bowl, set aside.
Cream butter and brown sugar, when combines add eggs one at a time beating well after each.
Combine the flour, cocoa, salt and soda, whisk to combine. Add half to the butter and beat until smooth, add remaining, combining well.
Add prunes, mix until incorporated into batter, then walnut and chocolate chips all at once, mixing only until worked into the dough.
Drop onto cookie sheets from a rounded spoon or a cookie scoop.
Bake 13 minutes, the surface will appear dry and there will be minor cracks. Do not over bake.
Let cool on cookie sheet 5 minutes, remove to cooling rack.
Makes approximately 3 dozen.
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