Sunday, August 19, 2012
Chocolate Strawberry Cake Cookies with Orange Zest
I am so completely open to the power of suggestion when it comes to food. I either read, see, or hear about food, and then suddenly, I want it that instant. At the end of 'One Hungry Monster', the little boy takes out an apple muffin, and I think to myself, why yes, yes, an apple muffin, that does sound perfect! When we watch a Seinfeld DVD, we generally end up wanting Chinese takeout. Even if we're stuffed. There is always room for Chinese food... Then there is the book, 'If You Give a Mouse a Cookie', that Max loves. Of course, by the end of it, I'm always thinking, wow, yes, a cookie, that is most definitely what I need in my life right now! Why won't someone give me a cookie? So, after reading that book one too many times the other day, I finally said, cookies need to be made.
What kind of cookies? Well... we all know what I have been addicted to lately. Stawberries! I promise from now on to rein in the strawberryness. Or at least I will try. It really doesn't help that the Saturday farmers market right down the street sells big boxes of strawberries for like six dollars. So it is just right there begging to be bought and used up. I blame them for my addiction.
1 1/8 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/3 cup semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
1 pint strawberries, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
Heat oven to 350. Whisk 1 1/8 cup flour, baking soda, salt, and orange zest, and set aside. Beat butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar in a mixer until they are well combined. Then add in the egg and vanilla, and beat until well combined. In a small bowl, toss the chopped strawberries with a tablespoon of flour. Then using a wooden stir, stir in the chocolate chips and strawberries into the dough. Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough onto greased baking sheets. Makes about 24 cookies. Bake 8-10 minutes, until the edges have turned golden brown.
Adapted from The Joy of Cooking "Chocolate Chip Cookie" recipe