If you hang around with science fiction fans (of any flavor) you will inevitably hear a certain phrase. It’s always offered up with giggles, or a leer, or…
Come to the Dark Side, we have cookies!
Being a geek, and a foodie, when the First Reader made a joke about the dark side having better cookies (in addition to a sense of humor) I decided I had to make a Darkside Cookie. Now, if all I wanted was dark, that’s easy. A big ol’ dollop of food dye, and voila, black cookies. Of course, your
victi, er, recruits to the Rebel Alliance will crap green for a week, but hey, dark cookies?
No. What I wanted was flavor. Big, bold flavor. Sensuous cookies that seduce the tastebuds. Chocolate, the food of the gods. Perfect for the geeks who understudy Prometheus.
I asked for thoughts in a group of equally geeky and foodie friends. Moar Chocolate! the ringing shout echoed. And caffeine. And… And someone pointed out that it should have all the ‘evil’ foodstuffs. Sugar, fats, glutens. John Ringo gleefully suggested that every ingredient be GMO. Only problem with that is they don’t label for GMOs (yet) but I can guarantee the flour is GMO, at least.
Once we had covered that, and the silliness had given me good working ideas, I had to acquire ingredients. I have used instant coffee powder in cooking, but Amanda Fuesting pointed me toward Espresso Powder, which sounded ideal for the Darkside Cookies. I also found dark chocolate chips rather than the bittersweet I normally use.
Armed and ready for operations, I commenced with the base recipe I use for chocolate chip cookies.
- 1/2 c butter (about 113 g)
- 1/2 c baking cocoa powder (about 60 g)
- 1 c white sugar (about 250 g)
- 1 c brown sugar (approx 250 g)
- 2 tsp vanilla extract (about 10 g)
- 1/2 tbsp Espresso powder (about 15 g)
- 2 eggs (if your chicken lays in metric, I want photos)
- 1 tsp (5 g) Baking soda (NaHCO3, sodium bicarbonate. Food chemistry!)
- 2 c white flour (500 g)
- 12 oz Chocolate chips, best with dark chocolate or bittersweet (340 g)
- 1 c toffee, chopped roughly (I made a batch, but you can buy it near the chocolate chips in the store, or hack up a heath bar) (about 300 g)
Now, this wasn’t the first batch I did. But the first batch wasn’t quite dark enough, and although the flavor was great, they weren’t what I had envisioned. But don’t worry… that recipe will appear later today.
In the meantime… the Darkside cookies are very chocolaty, very rich, and utterly decadent. The First Reader complained that they were too chocolaty.
Yes!! I have achieved the chocolate singularity!
Muahaha… come to the darkside cookies.