Black & white-checkerboards

“Event.” “Showstopping.” “Unique.” “Special creation.” These are the descriptors Sharon Tyler Herbst uses in her preamble to the recipe for these cookies. I added the phrase “labor-intensive” and the word “AMAZING.” All-caps.

They are delicious. And they are a lot of work. One day early this past week when I felt particularly optimistic (utterly misplaced), I put out butter to soften. Two days later, I melted unsweetened and white chocolates, mixed the ingredients and set the two balls of cookie dough in the refrigerator to chill. The recipe called for an hour of that. These were treated to two days of chillin’. That’s the kind of week I had.

Saturday I spent some time rolling two-thirds of each into half-inch-thick slabs and cutting those into nine half-inch-wide strips, then layering those into little checkerboards with egg white glaze for glue. Those logs went into the freezer while I rolled the one-third remainder of each ball of dough into an eighth-inch-thick sheet to wrap around the length of each log. Once they were wrapped, the whole construction had to go back in the refrigerator for another hour of chilling. Which I interpreted to mean overnight.

Yesterday I took them out of the fridge, sliced them into quarter-inch-wide cross-sections and baked them. The white chocolate sheaths broke down and spread a little more than the dark chocolate, but that does not detract from the taste at all. They are as scrumptious as they look. But the next time I bake them, I will have a less complicated schedule. At least, I hope I will!


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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One Response to Black & white-checkerboards

  1. D'Alta says:

    Patti, You and I know that we never have less-complicated schedules–just moments when we recognize our need to bake cookies, write a poem, or dabble with our yarn. These are the moments that give pause to relish life’s sweetness. Happy Spring Awakening! 🙂

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