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Chewy Chocolate and Prune Drops, Recipe rewind, because some things are too good to miss!

Recipe rewind, because in the beginning there is a blogger who has no readers. She still posts great food in hopes that the readers will come..........you can also view it here in the archives, Friday September 10, 2010.

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............


Don't let the simple appearance of these cookies fool you, they are wonderful!

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
2 eggs


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!

As always, thanks for taking a moment to stop and say hello!
I appreciate your time and your comments.

This post is shared with:
full plate thursday @ Miz Helen's Country Cottage
sweets for a saturday @ sweet as sugar cookies

Key words:  cookies, prunes, glazed cookies, mocha fruit cookies

11 comments

  1. these are just the ticket for our family,, we love cookies like this,, moist and cakey,, yum

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  2. I can't believe there was ever a cookbook called The Prune Gourmet!

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  3. Love the rewinds! I've heard a lot about Chicken Marabella but have been too much of a skeptic to try it!

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  4. I know I will love this cookies, they look really good and I love prunes, they are really moist and great in bakes! I'm joining your recipe rewind soon! Have a lovely weekend, Melynda!

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  5. Okay, but I refuse to call them prune drops. It sounds too much like the result of a bodily function

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  6. I love prunes too, but I'm the only one in the family who does. I'm sure I could make these cookies though and no one would be the wiser. I think my family THINKS they don't like prunes. To be honest, I'm not sure if any of them has ever tried them! Recipe rewinds are great!

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  7. Hi Melynda,
    I am so happy to see that you made it through the"Blogger Storm 2011" with your blog in tact. Your cookies look awesome! When I saw prunes in the recipe I knew they would be good. I just have to try them. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

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  8. Hi Melynda, Thank you for the link! Recipe Rewind is a great idea!
    I commented yesterday but did not see it here, probably disappeared when there was some problems at Google!
    Your prune cookies looks really good and I absolutely love prunes! I like them in baked goods, this cookies sounds great, I'm bookmarking this! The school holiday will be starting end of May, for a two week break, and this will be great! Thank you! Hope you have a lovely weekend, Melynda!

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  9. These look great love the idea of rewind

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  10. The cookies look great and what a wonderful idea Recipe rewind is!

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