Monday, February 9, 2009
Cookie Carnival - February
Yesterday was one of the hottest of the summer I think. It was just beautiful! We spent the afternoon at Cheltenham beach, me reading and my husband watching the Louis Vuitton sailing regatta in the harbour. Bliss!!! But in the morning I did get the chance to make this month’s cookie carnival recipe which is chocolate fudge cookies with toffee and dried cherries. How wonderful do they sound!! I thought these would be something the builders would really enjoy. Well, my husband and I enjoyed them a lot as well!
These are excellent cookies – they have the perfect combination of fudginess with crispness. I used dutched cocoa to make them lovely and dark and they also have chocolate chips in them. The toffee contribution is toffee chips – we cant get toffee chips in New Zealand, but when the lovely Sarah sent me over some peanut butter chips from the States she also sent me a bag of Heath’s toffee chips. I hadn’t opened them up until yesterday – thankfully as I probably would have eaten the whole bag before being able to bake with them. The bag I have are combined with milk chocolate and are absolutely divine!! I was so pleased to be able to make these cookies with the real thing!
I used the “razz” dried cherries that you find in the bulk bins of the supermarket. I actually think that these are cherries dried in some sort of juice. They have a delicious tangy taste and almost taste like lollies. I cut the cherries in half to make them a better size for the cookies.
We loved these cookies and I will definitely be making them again. Seeing as I wont be able to get toffee chips in the future, I figured I could make my own toffee and pulverise it to get a kind of similar effect.