Friday, December 5, 2008

Cookie Swap

These cookies truly live up to their name! They are worth the time and effort.

Choc-Full Chocolate Cookies

1 cup chopped hazelnuts (pecans also work nicely)

2 cups (1 11.5 ounce package) extra-large semisweet chocolate chips

1/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup raisins

1 cup(2 sticks) unsalted butter- softened

1 cup sugar

1 3-ounce package cream cheese-softened

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

2 ounces good quality unsweetened chocolate- melted

1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa

1 cup commercially prepared marshmallow cream

Preheat oven to 325. Spread nuts on ungreased cookie sheet and toast 7 -12 minutes until light brown and skins have loosened) Set aside to cool.

Butter 2 cookie sheets. In large bowl, combine: chocolate chips, cranberries, raisins and cooled nuts; set aside. In another large bowl, beat together butter, sugar, cream cheese and egg until creamy and smooth. Beat in milk, melted chocolate and vanilla. Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa and add to butter mixture. Blend in the marshmallow cream, stirring until thoroughly combined. Add chips, cranberries, raisins and nuts. Batter will be thick.

Using a 1/4- cup measure or an icecream scoop, measure out batter and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheets. Six cookies per sheet fit comfortably. Bake 13 - 17 minutes, until puffed and cooked through. Cool on sheet 1 minute; transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Makes 2 dozen

1 comment:

Linda said...

I think I'm in cookie heaven!
Thank you!

Closing Prayer

Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King

My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.

Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.