Monday, March 17, 2008

The Easter chick gets the chop




Those of a sensitive nature should probably look away now..! The gorgeous chocolate Easter chick you see above met a rather sorry end on Sunday. Bought lovingly for one of my many nephews and nieces as a little Easter gift, my inner chocoholic got the better of me...


I know what you are thinking. You are thinking 'how could she?'. 'Who is this cruel-hearted murderess that we thought we knew?' Fear not. It was all in a very good cause. Really.


You see, a week or so ago, I was taking a look at a blog that has recently caught my eye. Though still only a young whipper-snapper studying for her A-levels, Indigo from Happy Love Strawberry is something of a demon in the kitchen (hmmm - she might not stoop to my chick-murdering level, but I'm not sure...). Brilliantly witty and rolling out one deliciously tempting treat after the next, I have become a big fan.

Anyway, I blame her entirely for the massacre of the Easter chick. You see I caught sight of these. Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe, I knew I wanted one. In fact I wanted a whole lot more than one. Fudgy, crackly, sticky, chewy and deeply deeply chocolately - I could just tell from Indigo's gorgeous photos.

Now, what is the first rule of following a recipe? Read through the recipe thoroughly first and ensure you have all the right ingredients and utensils. Easy enough, hey? You'd think so. Anyway, I think you are guessing what happened with the chick. I totally failed to realise JUST HOW MUCH CHOCOLATE is in these little beauties. You need a lot of chocolate. I'm telling you now as I know you are going to want to cook these. Having searched every cupboard and drawer in the house, I just couldn't find quite enough. I had to improvise. So the chick got it. Sad, I agree. But not so sad when you consider just how delicious these cookies are. Or should I say 'were'.

However. I'm sad to say that mine didn't turn out quite as well as Indigo's. Go on. Take a look. Then come back and compare them with mine. Hmph. Not quite as good, are they?

Mine puffed up more than I was expecting - I was after something a bit... flatter. And they didn't go all crispy, crackly on top. I thought perhaps my oven was hotter (they were a little more cakey and not quite as gorgeously gooey as those other ones I am still coveting). But the last batch I cooked for only 8 minutes, yet still they were a little too puffy and cakey.

But don't let that put you off! Oh no. They were totally delicious - the most chocolately cookies I think I have ever eaten. Even I could only manage one (...at a time). Testament to their deliciousness is that I took them to work today (around 20 of them) and they were all gone within half an hour. And there certainly aren't 20 of us in the office.

I'm not going to repeat the recipe here. You know where to find it. And anywhere, as I mentioned, hers are better than mine (...I'm trying not to sulk). I can tell you though, that if you are a chocoholic like me, then you really should try these cookies.

Now I come to think about it, I think perhaps they should be called 'brookies' as they are slightly like a cross between a brownie and a cookie. Now what could possibly be wrong with that?


Exactly. The Easter chick should be proud. He was sacrificed for a very, very good cause. I hope I am forgiven!

12 comments:

flyingfork said...

Definitely a sacrifice worth making. Even if the Easter choc chick didn't see it that way... ;)

ginger@dinnerdiary.org said...

Wow, they look amazing! And I agree, definitely worth the sacrifice.

Indigo said...

While I'm not one to endorse chick murder-- oh, who am I kidding, CHOCOLATE COOKIES!

I'm so glad you decided to make these! Even though they turned out differently, that cross section is to die for (I love the melted chocolate. I think I love photos of melted chocolate nearly as much as I love the real thing. Nearly).

And thankyou so much for all the lovely compliments! (though I think you were just saying that to gain chick-murder-forgiveness... ^__^)

David Hall said...

Hi Antonia

The chick was worth chopping for them! Can you believe that my wife has already eaten her Easter egg? Like a 3 year old she is. As for my 3 year old...

Cheers
David

Margaret said...

Are you OK Antonia?!!
Anyway you must be to have made such wonderful cookies.

Antonia said...

flyingfork - I like to think so too!

Ginger - I wish I hadn't taken them all to work. I could really do with one right now... I'm looking greedily at the matching chocolate bunny rabbit now...

Indigo - once again, thank you for sharing these cookies. The melted chocolate was rather a bonus - only there due to me being totally greedy and eating one straight from the oven.

David - oh, now that is naughty! Sometimes it is just too hard to resist...

Joy said...

And thus the Easter Chick was sent down from chocolate heaven to save us all, or at least your cookies! I just hope you weren't humming "chick chick chick chick chicken" as you did the dastardly deed!

Kevin said...

Those cookies look good!

Rosie said...

Oh yes this is worth the sacrifice and your chocolate cookies look amazing!!

Wishing you a Happy Easter

Rosie x

Pixie said...

lol Antonia...I hope you're giving a few of those chocolate cookies to your niece and nephew.

Antonia said...

Margaret - I know. I know. My cruel side really did come to the fore with this. But I was just so desperate for those cookies!

Joy - at least I didn't 'murder' the Easter bunny too!

Kevin - they tasted good too!

Rosie - Happy Easter to you too.

Pixie - Hmmm. I'm sorry to say that they have already been demolished... Promise to get my nephews and nieces something to make up for it though!

Sylvie said...

I think I would have sacrificed the chick as well. Those look like it was well worth it.