Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Sometimes Baking Mistakes Are Oh So Delicious

So have you ever been in a hurry when you are baking?  I mean you are just making the usual cookie which you've done a dozen or so times.  The dough doesn't feel quite right but, oh well, you just put it in the freezer(I prefer to freeze my dough before making cut out cookies - the dough is firmer and easier to roll and cut) for when you are ready to create?  But later when you thaw the dough , it well... won't roll.  I mean, its a DISASTER.  Yeah - I've been there.  But sometimes when that happens - you discover something even better.

Last week I participated in my first ever Craft Fair.  It was held in my hometown and was so much fun.  I had the fall cookies above and these adorable dresseses, my favorite chocolate chip cookies and ....

these -- my disasters. 

This incredibly soft as a pillow so the chocolate literally melts in your mouth cookie, was born from a disaster.  My cookie dough was both a fudgy and crumbly mess.  I could not roll it out.  I didn't want to throw away all of that dough so I rolled it into little golf balls and baked it.  The result - a true Chocolate Delight!  You have to try these, seriously.  My only warning, your hands will be a chocolately sticky mess after each batch.

Chocolate Delights
adapted from a recipe from Dog Hill Cookies

3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate 
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg

-Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the microwave and set aside to cool slightly.  Follow the melting instructions on your package as heating levels vary.  Note:  chocolate keeps its shape when melted.  You have to stir with a spatula or wooden spoon to determine if it is melted.  Chocolate burns easy, so stir frequently.

-Mix together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt and set aside.

-Beat the butter with the sugar until light and fluffy.

-Add the chocolate and vanilla to the butter mixture and mix in. Add the egg and beat until incorporated.

-Add in the flour in three stages until all the ingredients are fully combined. Form a big ball and cover the dough with plastic wrap, refrigerating until fully chilled.

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

- Using your hands, form balls slightly smaller than a golf ball.

- Bake for 11 minutes and then let cool on a wire rack.

My pictures of these cookies really don't do them justice.  I like them because they are flat but remain soft.

Have you ever had a baking disaster turn into your delight?



  1. These must be really delicious! I would like to try the recipe. The mini squares pan I used for my TWD effort is the Chicago Metallic Lift and Serve Single Squares Pan. It's really great as it has removable bases for each square.

  2. Well, sadly, most of my baking disasters remain disasters. There have been a few times when a pan of fudge that didn't set was turned into ice cream topping, but those are few and far between--mostly they go in the trash! But I'm so glad you were able to rescue your cookies, they look and sound fabulous!

  3. Saw your post at Cake Wrecks. These cookies are TOO cute! Great job!


  4. I'd love to try these chocolate cookies. Most of the chocolate cookie recipes I've made just don't have enough chocolate for my chocoholic tendencies. The dresses are adorable as well. I must get some new cutters when I go to the states for the holidays.