Thursday, May 16, 2013

Mushroom Chocolate Cookies

Little Thumbs Up : Baking and Cooking event, selected ingredient for the month of May is "MUSHROOMS"

Little Thumbs Up, is an event organized by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen from my little favourite D.I.Y. , where an ingredient is selected each month and everyone is welcome to join in by using the selected ingredient either in your bakes or in your cooking pot. I am the host for this month, and my selected ingredient is "MUSHROOMS". Please do join us, cook or bake any recipes using Mushrooms as one of its ingredient, post it in your blog within this month, (only new and current posts), and link to Little Thumbs Up, in the thumbnail linky which is provided at the bottom of this post. To find out more details on Little Thumbs Up, please click here.

While this month's theme is MAY : MUSHROOMS, the selected ingredient for June is Curry Powder or Paste and will be hosted by Everybody Eats Well In Flanders. Cook  or bake any of your favourite curry dish, and link that up in June which shall start on 4th June.


Yes, you have read the title of the post correctly! It is Mushroom Chocolate Cookies! And no, it is not one of those cute little cookies that looks like cute little mushrooms, but these cookies actually have real mushrooms in them!

I was just playing around when I google from the internet for mushrooms sweet desserts, well, I was surprised that there are quite a number out there, something that I never thought about, until that moment when I decided to try my luck and see whether is there any sweet desserts with mushrooms as one of its ingredient. One thing I've learnt is that, there's a mushroom called Candy Cap Mushrooms, which are dried and used for dessert making, because of their maple-like taste! Imagine that!  Mushrooms with a maple taste, how I wish I could get my hands on some of these! Since I do not know where to get dried Candy Cap Mushroom, and I really doubt that I could get it over here in Malaysia, I will just have to settle for these cookies that uses fresh mushrooms! I am really, really curious as to the taste of fresh mushrooms in chocolate cookies. So the only way is, to bake these cookies, even at 33 degrees C in a blazing hot kitchen!  Are these good? Read on to find out!

Mushroom Of The Day : Brown Button Mushroom

I use fresh brown button mushrooms. They are chopped coarsely and mixed into the batter ....

... along with some golden raisins and chopped walnuts. The original recipe uses sour cream, but I have substitute with homemade yoghurt and only use 1/2 cup instead of 3/4 cup, because the batter is very soft and if I used up all 3/4 cup, it would end up like a cake batter.

Drop teaspoonfuls of batter onto prepared pans, spacing them 2" apart.

These cookies do not spread much. The texture is crispy on the outside and soft in the centre. Since we do not like soft cookies in my house, I have baked these cookies longer, maybe 10-12 minutes longer, rotating the cookie sheets in between, until they are crispy.

There, Mushroom Chocolate Cookies! Would you have known that these chocolate cookies have fresh mushrooms in them, by the look of these cookies?  I definitely can't tell. Well, how about if you have munch on one, can you tell? Read on the reaction from my family, of course I did not let them know that there's fresh mushrooms in the cookies, until later!

Review from the family :
After munching on one piece of these cookies, here's the response :
Son : Yum! One more please!
Me : Can you guess what's in the cookies?
Son : Raisins and nuts.
Me: There's one more ingredient.
Son : (crunch, chomp, chomp, crunch). No idea, but can I have another one?
(The son ate the cookies fresh after baking, when the cookies are still crispy, and surprisingly, good).

Daughter and hubby : Both of them ate a few, trying to figure out the mystery ingredient, and still could not guess what that ingredient is. When I finally told them that it's mushroom, they were very surprised and could not believe that there's mushrooms in the cookies, asking me whether was I joking!

My reviewUnfortunately these cookies do not stay crispy for long, later in the night, when we ate it again, they have turned soft and tender! Just as stated in the recipe "They will stay beautifully moist and tender for days". These cookies are actually quite nice, just like regular soft chocolate cookies. But advisable to finish them as soon as possible, since they contain fresh mushrooms, I don't think they can keep for much longer than a few days. I guess these are really for those who love chewy or soft cookies, but not for my family, we still like crispy cookies the best.

Note : This recipe was originally from "The Mushroom Cookbook" by Sybil Henderson, published in 1968. 

These cookies looks like just like any other chocolate cookies. For fun, bake a batch of these, let the family guess the mystery ingredient, and I bet that, nobody would know that there's mushrooms in the cookies! Haha! Have fun!

I'm linking this post to Little Thumbs Up event, hosted by Joyce, kitchen flavours, organized by Zoe from Bake For Happy Kids and Doreen for my little favourite D.I.Y.

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Mushroom Chocolate Cookies
(source from : here, original recipe from this book)
1/2 cup butter (add 1/4 tsp salt if butter is unsalted)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
60gm unsweetened chocolate, melted
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup coarsely chopped fresh button mushrooms

Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla extract and beat thoroughly. Stir in chocolate, Sift flour, soda and salt (if using), and add to creamed mixture alternately with the yoghurt. Mix well and add remaining ingredients. Drop from teaspoon at least 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake in moderate oven at 350F for 12 minutes or until done. Remove from pan and cool. They will stay beautifully moist and tender for days.


  1. What an extraordinary recipe!I would love to try these mushroom cookies!

  2. This is rather a unique recipe. How about passing some over to sample:)

  3. the title has brought me into this post! well done! Anymore cookie left to try?

  4. The person who created this cookies were so creative. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Hmmm very unique cookies. Ya, would love to sample it too.

  6. What a pleasant surprise!! I'm sure many a times when we don't know what it's really in the cookies and it tastes good, that means we are relying only on our tastebuds and not our ability to rationalize. Mushroom has always been visualized in savoury dishes. What a change! I will definitely mark this as a to-bake :):)

  7. Hi Joyce, what a great way to hide a vegetable in food! ha ha

  8. Interesting having mushroom in sweet cookies. Looks good to me.

  9. very unique ingredient in a chocolate cookies!
    my family loves cookies, be it soft or crunchy, I guess I can give this a try :)

  10. mushrooms in cookies? ....mmm....mmm...errr... I need to think some more if I want to try this lol!

  11. This sounds so unique! Have never tried mushroom in cookie before. Must try this one day!

  12. This is so creative! And they look very delicious too.

  13. Those are unique and very interesting cookies , Joyce ! I never thought you could use fresh mushrooms in cookies :D They look yummy as well !

  14. by looking at the photo, i would hv thought those black bits are chocolate chips! imagine adding chinese mushroom to the cookies..hehe..

  15. Joyce, I am really amazed that mushrooms can be baked in cookies! And more amazed that nobody could detect it! Honestly, if you told me that there are mushrooms in the cookies, I would have reservations trying them. So you took the right approach, let them eat first then tell later hah! hah!

  16. Eileen, Hundred Eighty DegreesMonday, May 20, 2013

    Hi Joyce, you are good at keeping ppl in suspense.. haha! When I first saw Mushroom Chocolate Cookie , I thought you might be playing with the cookie dough to make it into a Mushroom 'look-alike'. It really surprised me that real mushrooms were in it: ) Great post!

  17. Hi Joyce,
    New follower here. I never know that mushroom can turn into a nice cookie. Really interesting, love to try it someday :)

  18. WOW! What an innovative recipe! Looks so yummy & special! O.kay INI I sure nak try & ASAP! Curious & at the same time I wanna know what's my family's reaction too! :p hehehehe