Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crisp Chocolate Bites : Bake-Along #63

It's time for our Bake-Along #63. My baking buddy, Zoe has selected Crisp Chocolate Bites to bake together with Lena and myself, and anyone who wishes to bake along with us. When this cookie was selected by Zoe, I immediately thought of Christmas! And while I was baking this, the song "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" kept popping into my head, and before long, I find myself singing while making these cookies! LOL!

Crisp Chocolate Bites, you'll be biting into one and reaching for the next one!

The cookie dough is really, a thick batter that needs to be refrigerated for at least an hour to firm up. It will turn into a very thick-set fudgy batter! Shape the fudgy batter into 3/4-inch balls, but I used a small ice-cream scoop to scoop the thick batter and drop the rounds into a bowl of sifted icing sugar, roll to coat it completely. Place the balls on prepared baking pans and bake for 12 minutes until the cookies puffed and cracked on top. The balls of cookie from the small ice cream scoop I used is a little bigger than the size mentioned in the book, so I got only 25 cookies (and sizes varies, some are smaller than others, guess I'm not consistent when scooping the batter!), and I baked them for 17 minutes.
The only change I did was to reduce the sugar to half for the batter, which works out just nice for me, not to sweet.

While baking in the hot oven, the cookies spread out and cracked, making nice patterns on the surface. Or maybe they cracked, due to my singing?  HAHAHA!

These cookies are really crispy on the outside, with the sound of crispy crunch as you bite into it, but not all of these cookies are crispy like this. I noticed that the smaller ones are really crispy and the bigger ones are somewhat cake-like in the centre. I did not re-bake the bigger ones again, as they are good to eat too, with really crispy crunch on the outside. I'm glad I've reduced the sugar. The chocolaty, not too sweet cookies really goes well with the icing sugar that coats around it. Really nice! Eating these cookies, reminds me of eating whoopie pies, the crispy version!

Crisp Chocolate Bites
(adapted from "The Williams-Sonoma Baking Book")
Makes about 3-1/2 dozen cookies
6 tbsp (3oz/90gm) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 oz (60gm) unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup (8oz/250gm) granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup (4oz/125gm) all-purpose (plain) flour
1/4 cup (3/4oz/20gm) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (2oz/60gm) confectioners' (icing) sugar

Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment (baking) paper. Set aside.

In a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the butter and chocolate. Heat, stirring occasionally, just until melted and smooth.

Pour the chocolate mixture in a large bowl and let cool slightly. Stir in the granulated sugar until evenly moistened. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt together onto a sheet of waxed paper. Gradually add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 375F (190C). Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Shape the dough into 3/4-inch (2-cm) balls and roll in the confectioners' sugar to coat completely. Place the balls about 1-1/2 inches (4cm) apart on the prepared pans. Bake the cookies until puffed and cracked on top, about 12 minutes. They may appear underdone in the center but will turn crisp as they cool. Let the cookies cool on the pans on wire racks for 2-3 minutes before transferring them to the racks to cool completely.


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  1. they look like rich snowy bites of goodness! I could use at least 3 right now

  2. hah..hah...Joyce, you made me laugh! These cookies look like those crinkle cookies. Must be really nice to get a burst of sweet chocolaty flavour with every bite!

  3. yummm would love a dozen of those!

  4. I am going to bang my head now. All three of yours turned out so beautifully. Mine as flat as pancake. overmixed?

  5. Looks yummy....don't know if I would have the time to join this time, very busy week!

  6. Hi Joyce,

    Funny that baking these cookies reminds you of Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer!!! There is 6 more months until Christmas... Can't wait. I hope that our chilly weather is going to be over soon :p

    I laughed that you said that your singing makes the cookies have cracking surfaces... I reckon these cookies are huat kueh... No cracks means that they are not huat enough! Yours look very huat :D LOL!


  7. joyce, yours actually remind me of soccer balls! the first picture, cookie on bottom right! so cute ahhhh

  8. Hi Joyce, was telling Lena, these look so good. Must try.

  9. so nice, I need for my tea break!

  10. Haha, Joyce, Christmas is still long long time to go...hahaha! I will keep this for my Christmas bakes later! Thanks for linking up with LTU!

  11. This is so pretty! Would love to try it out :)

  12. A first glance of all these pictures, I thought mushrooms coated with some flour ... realised they were cookies. Like Jozelyn, I may try out end year end and give these crispy cookies to relatives.

  13. Joy, these look wonderful! I love chocolate cookies and the crackle that forms from the sugar coating when they bake. Thanks!

  14. I love the look of that type of cookie and less sugar sounds perfect to me with this lovely chocolate bites!

  15. I love these.. and especially that the recipe calls for less sugar than I usually use! Will be making this weekend.

  16. You did a very good job here ! The crack looks perfect as well. Wish I can make some too but at this moment, can you pass me some ? haha....
    Enjoy & have a great weekend.
    Blessings, Kristy

  17. looks like you are already in christmas mood! i think the texture of mine are quite like yours, crispy outside and chewy inside. If i had used a sweeter chocolate , i think it would taste much better for me :)

  18. These cookies look delicious! They're sort of like snow caps....I'm saving the recipe for Christmastime when I really get into making cookies!

  19. These look so good! I think I would like them with less sugar too, sometimes I like chocolate things not too sweet.

  20. Hi Joyce! Love the crack effect.

  21. Joyce, your cookies is so round and love the domed and crack effect on it!!

  22. Those look really good! I've never had a recipe from William-Sonoma, yet, that didn't turn out nice.
    Enjoy your Sunday, Joyce!

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    1. Hi Joyce, your cookies looks super yummy! Indeed I have bookmarked this recipe, but too bad not able to join with bake along.