Triple chocolate drops

Triple chocolate drops.

There is only one word to describe the latest installment in baking our way through Sharon Tyler Herbst’s The Joy of Cookies, and that is decadent. I have let Ms. Herbst talk me through gilding the lily before, but this time? Sugar, butter, eggs, chocolate, and crème de cacao conspire together to leave any intemperate sampler in a food coma. Not for the weak-hearted or diabetic!

There are four eggs in this cake-like cookie, a generous amount of butter, unsweetened chocolate, brown and white sugar, a little instant coffee and cinnamon, and chocolate chips. The latter are almost completely unnecessary. Then there’s the overkill: A glaze of melted white chocolate mixed with crème de cacao. The final stroke? (I really hope that isn’t a prescient and macabre pun…) A sprinkling of grated semi-sweet chocolate. Seriously. Ms. Herbst doesn’t mention gilding the lily this time around, but she certainly could have without fearing reprisals from me! Wow.

Most went straight to the freezer, saved up for the next few weeks when I will have very little time for cookie-making. The batter was supposed to be rolled into little balls before baking, but I think I rolled eight before quitting that method. It’s far too messy to work with for that — at least it was for me — and so I took Ms. Herbst’s advice and dropped the remainder onto the cookie sheets from a teaspoon. Our egg supplier has been delivering extra large eggs lately, and four of them might have been too many for this recipe. Not that I’m complaining. They are very good eggs!


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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2 Responses to Triple chocolate drops

  1. Sarah says:


  2. Wow. You are rhapsodic.

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