Tuesdays with Dorie: Chocolate Chunkers

April 27, 2010

I'm 31. That isn't old, right? Well, please tell that to my contact lens-ravaged eyes. Since I'm as near-sighted as Mr. Magoo, I tend to over wear my contacts to the point that I feel useless without them. Last week I spent 3 minutes talking through the bathroom mirror to what I thought was my cat. Apparently my addiction to neutral toned clothing needs to change along with my eyesight because I had a heart-to-heart with a sweater. And, I was sure that I read this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe to be for Chocolate Chunkers. Upon further inspection, it was actually Chockablock Cookies. They both have have the same initials at least. That's really my only defense on why I made the wrong recipe, Bad eyes. Plus I was away from my computer the last few days and I didn't have time for a redo. :)

It was a tasty mistake, so I won't plead guilty on all charges. These Chocolate Chunkers packed quite a heaping mouthful of nuts, raisins, and chocolate. There were more 'chunks' than actual dough, which gives the illusion that these are substantial, meal-replacing, cookies. In fact they could be considered slightly healthy? No. Well in comparison to previous cookies maybe. Normally I don't care too much for chunky cookies but the raisins gave them a wonderful chew. They almost had an air of a gourmet candy bar. The happy kind that won't make you feel like you have to spend the next day running it off!

For the actual Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, please visit Mary, of the adorably named blog Popsicles and Sandy Feet. She chose Chockablock Cookies. The results sound almost the same as Chocolate Chunkers. Sorry for the mix-up. I'll just have to suffer the punishment of making the actual recipe someday.

Chocolate Chunkers
(recipe from Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking:From My Home to Yours)
*Printer friendly Recipe*

1/3 cup all purpose flour
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. baking powder
3 tablespoon unsalted butter – cut into pieces
6 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 large eggs (at room temperature)
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
6 oz. white chocolate chopped (I used dark)
1 ½ coarsely chopped nuts ( I used almonds)
1 cup dark or golden raisins, plump dried apricots, or another dried fruit that you like.


Center rack in the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or silicon mats.

Sift together flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder. Melt butter with unsweetened and bittersweet chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. The chocolate should be smooth and shiny. Set on counter to cool.

Beat eggs and sugar on medium high speed until mixture is pale and foamy. Reduce speed, add vanilla. Then add cooled melted chocolate, and mix only until incorporated. Add dry ingredients. Do not over mix. Dough will be thick and shiny.

Add semisweet and white (or dark) chocolate chunks, nuts, and raisins. Drop dough onto baking sheets, making each cookie about the size of a golf ball. Leave an inch between dough. Bake for 10-12 minutes, Mine were ready in about 7. Bake until the "tops of the cookies look a little dry."
Cool cookies.

Makes about 40 cookies


  1. I love these chocolate chunkers, so this sounds to me like a very happy accident!

  2. Awesome, Valerie. You just don't know how much I want one of these cookies right now. No, I didn't eat a healthful breakfast today-just coffee.
    I was thinking about making your chocolate mint bars just like two days ago, but now I'm wondering if I should just make these???

  3. Well, they look fantastic, even if they aren't the right recipe. Heh.

  4. These are the best kinds of "mistakes". The cookies look fabulous!

  5. Gjeig djg e mei gieml! Oops... let me get my lenses in (I'm just as bad). Great post - and GREAT cookies. Now I have to make these as well.... they look phenomenal. Glad you enjoyed them and previewed them (at least for me) - you'll love the Chockablock Cookies - and actually, I made "Cream Scones" for last week, then realized is was "Sweet Cream Biscuits"... hm

  6. Bwahahahahahahahaha!

    My memory is about as bad as your eye sight.

  7. Your cookies look fantastic, but the sweater story takes the cake! I really want to get a cat, but maybe I'll just go clothes shopping!

  8. Hahaha aren't these the best kind of mistakes!! Btw.. you changed your blog theme? How? When? I want to change mine too, any help would be much appreciated!

  9. What a tasty mistake! I'm practically blind without my contacts too. LOL'ing over the conversation w/ your sweater. :D

  10. Looks like you made an excellent mistake.

  11. i want to make these now!!! awesome job on the "almost" chockablock cookies. lol

  12. Hi Avanika. It was changed maybe just a little over a month ago, so it hasn't been that long. :)
    If you are using Blogger, log in and just click on 'Layout'. In the upper-left area of the screen, just under 'View Blog' there is should be something that says 'Pick new Template'. Click on that and you can choose from about 16 different themes. All your information will be saved but you can play around with the colours and fonts.
    If you need more help, please send me an email. :)

  13. You're not old!!!! I'm 29, so please never say 31 is old or else I will get scared haha! I LOVED The chunkers - thanks for making them - it reminds me of how much I liked these!

  14. They sound decadent and rich to me;
    They remind me of the breakfast cookies I make, no chocolate though.
    I love chocolate; love the name mix up, it is fun! I totally can relate to the eye mix up. I do this, too! Thanks for sharing~

  15. When I first looked at your cookies before reading, I was thinking Wha-a-a-? But now I understand. Sounds like something I would do. I've never tried the chocolate chunkers but maybe I will now.

  16. Hey at least it was a tasty mistake. You can't go wrong with those chocolate chunkers! I hope you try this weeks recipe too..they were so yummy! I added a bag of trail mix to mine and fell in love!

  17. These are awfully close to the Chockablock. Chocolate, fruit, nuts. Look delish.

    Yeah, my glasses provide me with a whole new world when I can find them. Need a clapper attached.

  18. Another great Dorie recipe. The important thing is you ate cookies and now we all have to run them off. ::g::

  19. More than once I've made the wrong recipe. Chocolate Chunkers look like a mistake I should make too.

  20. Yum! What a tasty mistake. This was a big favorite here, so I am glad you enjoyed them!

  21. What a delicious mistake! These two recipes are very simliar. :-)

  22. "gourmet candy bar" is magic to my ears. these look great.

  23. 31? Old? Pshaw. A babe in swaddling clothes, a mere stripling. At most, a tyke.

    Feel better?

    Good. Now, please forward me some of those chunkers....(g)

  24. @ Cerulean Bill, Yes, and they're on their way. :D

  25. Valerie,
    My oh my, you sure have some decadent treats on your blog! Beautiful! I know where to come when I have a sweet tooth now. Thank you for visiting and your nice compliment. Denise


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♥ Valerie


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