Tuesday, March 8, 2011

These are not cookies. A surprise party for your mouth.

A scientist's life is full of surprises. Sometimes there are surprise assignments, sometimes there are surprise findings. Sometimes there are surprise parties! (Just kidding, scientists have no friends.) This time we have a surprise dessert! It looks like a cookie! It tastes like a brownie!

This is a rotated picture of cookies.
How did this happen? The plan was to make chocolate cookies. This scientist scoured the web for a recipe that looked good. The perfect recipe appeared to be a recipe for chocolate cookies with some hazelnut paste in between (hello Nutella, I love you!). This scientist decided to just make the cookies. Here is the lazily translated recipe, with blurry pictures and comments!!:

• 120 g dark chocolate
• 120 g butter
• 300 g sugar (only used 200, was sweet enough!)
• 3 eggs, beaten (oh, I guess I forgot to beat the eggs...)
• 120 g flour
• 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
• 120 g cocoa powder (that also seemed a bit much, so I guesstimated it)
• 120 g milk chocolate, cut into bits (used some more dark chocolate, milk is for losers)
• 150 g hazelnut paste

What to do:
  • Preheat the oven to 170 º C. (You can do this later, the mixture has to be in the fridge for an hour, so it seems silly to preheat the oven now.) Melt the dark chocolate with the butter over boiling water, or au bain-marie, as the French call it. (Melted chocolate and butter is DELICIOUS!) Let it cool down. 
  • First add the sugar and the eggs. Then mix flour, baking powder and cocoa powder and stir.
  • Add the chocolate to milk. Let the dough about 1 hour tightly in the refrigerator. (Perfect, Google translate! This is what you're supposed to do: Add the milk chocolate chunks. Let the dough get firm in the fridge for an hour.)
The mixture in the fridge. The fridge is a blurry place.
  • Take a teaspoon (OH, a TEAspoon, that's why my cookies were giant...) of the dough and make it into a ball, put this on a baking sheet lined with some baking paper (probably some fancy names for this). Repeat with the remaining dough. Gently place the balls 5 cm apart and put them in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
Cookies in the oven.
  • Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool. Spoon some hazelnut paste on one half of the cookie and place another cookie on top. Serve the cookies with coffee or vanilla ice cream. (I didn't do any of this, besides taking them out of the oven. They went in my face right away, plain and simple.)
Cookies out of the oven.
They ended up pretty tasty. But they are soft on the inside, so they aren't really cookies. That is what this scientist concludes.

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