Accolades all around for this all-purpose cookie! And a preview of our next project from Rogue Baker Little Baker Bunny…
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Next up on the schedule: Monster Cookies (equal parts oatmeal cookie, peanut butter cookie, and chocolate chip cookie). Posting date is September 9!
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- 5¾ cups rolled oats
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 1½ cups firmly packed light brown sugar
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 5 large eggs
- ¼ teaspoon light corn syrup
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 cups creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup (6 ounces) M&Ms
- In a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together. Add the oats and stir until the ingredients are evenly combined.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter until smooth and pale in color. Add the sugars and mix on low speed until just incorporated. Do not overmix.
- Scrape down the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating until smooth (about 20 seconds) and scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add the corn syrup and vanilla and beat until just incorporated.
- Scrape down the bowl and add the peanut butter. Mix on low speed until just combined. Add the oat mixture in three additions, mixing on low speed until just incorporated.
- Use a spatula or wooden spoon to fold in the chocolate chips and M&Ms. Cover the bowl tightly and refrigerate for 5 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Use an ice cream scoop with a release mechanism to scoop out the dough in 2-tablespoon-size balls onto the prepared baking sheets, 2 inches apart. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, rotating the pans halfway through the baking time, until the cookies just begin to brown. Let cool on the pans for 8 to 10 minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Our bakers persevered this week but didn’t think the towers of cookies, whipped cream, and pastry cream were worth the effort. But on the upside, our rogue baker was delighted with Everyone’s Favorite Birthday Cake!
Who’s got chocolate cookies, chocolate pastry cream, whipped cream, or any combination thereof? Leave your links here!
Make sure to give yourself some time to make these little towers of chocolate, creamy deliciousness since there are several components and steps involved. Or skip all of the work and just make the cookies. Posting date is July 1!
- ¾ cup (1½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
- ¾ cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup half-and-half
- 3 large egg yolks
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, or dark chocolate (60 to 72% cacao), melted
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon confectioners’ sugar
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar at low speed until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla, then beat in the cocoa powder and salt. Add the flour and beat until just combined. Form the cookie dough into 2 disks, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for about 1 hour, or until firm.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
- On a lightly floured board, roll out each disk of chilled cookie dough to a ½-inch round, ¼ inch thick. Using a 2½-inch round biscuit cutter, cut out as many rounds as you can; transfer the rounds to a large rimmed baking sheet. Gather the dough scraps, chill briefly, reroll, and cut more rounds. You should have 32 to 34 rounds. You only need 30 rounds for the towers, but a few extras are good to have on hand.
- Bake in the center of the oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until the cookies are just set. Let cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Set a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl.
- In a medium saucepan, bring the half-and-half to a simmer and keep warm.
- In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar, flour, and salt until the mixture is pale, about 1 minute. Whisk half of the warm half-and-half into the egg yolk mixture, then pour that mixture into the remaining half-andhalf in the saucepan and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate and vanilla. Strain the pastry cream through the sieve and press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the cream to prevent a skin from forming. Put in the refrigerator for about 1 hour, or until chilled.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the cream, confectioners’ sugar, and vanilla until stiff peaks form.
- Transfer ¾ cup of the whipped cream to a small bowl. Beat in 3 tablespoons of the chocolate pastry cream to make a light-chocolate cream.
- Arrange 30 cookies on a work surface. Fill 3 pastry bags fitted with large plain tips with the chocolate pastry cream, the light-chocolate cream, and the whipped cream.
- Pipe the chocolate pastry cream onto 12 cookies. Pipe the light-chocolate cream onto 6 cookies. Pipe the whipped cream onto the remaining 12 cookies. Stack the towers: Start with a chocolate pastry cream–topped cookie, then a light-chocolate cream–topped cookie, followed by a whipped cream–topped cookie, another chocolate pastry cream-topped cookie, and finally a whipped cream–topped cookie. Repeat with the remaining cookies. Pipe a small dollop of any remaining chocolate pastry cream onto the top of each whipped cream–topped tower. Transfer the cookie towers to a serving platter and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight, before serving.
Mostly thumbs-up for these oversized Italian cookies!
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There’s a lot of chocolate in this roundup – and the cookies get a big thumbs-up! Plus, check out the banana espresso chocolate chip muffins our rogue Little Baker Bunny whipped up!
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