Are they good? Yes. Would I make them again? Not sure.
Notes on the baking of the cookies:
- Dark chocolate discs are really really hard to find (ie. I couldn't). I used dark chocolate chunks - whilst they probably didn't look as good, they tasted great.
- They were really really chocolate chippy. Far higher chocolate to cookie ratio than what I normally make.
- Converting everything to measurements units I can measure (ie. weights or UK cup sizes) was quite faffy, but now it is done, it wouldn't be an issue next time around.
- I didn’t know the difference between cake and bread flour initially. after learning the difference (protein and gluten contents) I couldn’t find any cake flour. As the recipe calls for equal amounts of cake (6-8% proteins) and bread (12-14%) flour, I just used plain flour (10%), figuring they netted off nicely. The other difference between the flour types is how fine/coarse it is. I couldn't do much about this.
- I let some dough sit for 18 hours, the balance for 24 hours. This was more to do with convenience than plan. I (over) baked a few cookies Sunday morning to give to friends I was seeing, and finished baking the rest that night.
- The resultant cookies from each batch were very similar. If anything, the second batch was less crunchy because I didn't overbake them. Crunchy outer, goopy chewy inner. The recipe says it makes 18 x 5” cookies. I ended up with 46 x 3” cookies. Maybe had I made them to size, they would be less crunchy (but ridiculously large!). The tin I took a pic of is the smaller of the two tins I packed. After we ate lots (and ate lots of dough too) and put some in plastics for home.
- My colleagues loved them and allayed any concerns I had about them being too crunchy.
- I'm the only girl in my group. Boys are easily pleased. They will probably like any cookies I bring to work, so I can't take their complements too seriously. They wolfed them down. It was chaotic, but entertaining to watch.
- One colleague said he loved them and they were better than his mum's (usually too crunchy) or girlfriend's (usually too doughy) cookies. So, maybe I can take the complement seriously.
Have you made them? Would you? What is your staple cookie recipe?