Update! These delicious cookies are survivors of the Great Blogger Storm of 2011. They were here, blown away and then carefully return a day later after the storm had died down and repairs made. Tell me, is that not an indicator that these are the yummiest cookie ever? The Blogger Storm troopers worked hard I tell you, to bring you these 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; gourmet prunes, really?
But I really like them, and they are very, 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
see below for: a cooks wisdom
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.
a cooks wisdom: add 1/2 t instant coffee crystals to the butter and sugar when creaming together.
To make a simple glaze for drizzling, combine: 1 c powdered sugar, 2 T cocoa pressed through a sieve. Stir in 1 T melted butter and 1 1/2 - 2 T hot water. Whisk until smooth, drip and drizzle over the tops of the cooled cookies. Cool until glaze sets.
Look who else is rewinding? Make sure to stop over at Joy's wonderful blog, kitchen flavours and take a look. She has some delicious chicken cooking!
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