December 2, 2010 at 1:48 pm , by Jennifer Castoro
When I saw this recipe in our December/January issue, I could not wait to make (and scarf down) these cookies. In LHJ food editor Tara‘s beautiful picture (below), they reminded me of the cookies I loved best as a kid (and, let’s be honest, I still mow down innocent bystanders if I happen to spot them): peanut butter cookies with a chocolate kiss in the center. Mmmmmm. I followed Tara’s suggestion and bought high-quality Lindt white chocolate bars, and I had all the rest of the ingredients already at home, which is a great thing about this recipe – all you need is flour, sugar, butter, salt, egg, vanilla and choco.
The one thing I forgot and didn’t have in my many cabinets was parchment paper, a mistake that would come back to haunt my cookies. I also didn’t heat the oven as my first step, as instructed, since the dough has to chill in the fridge for 90 minutes before you can roll it and I didn’t see the sense in leaving my oven on the whole time.
I followed the next steps exactly, stirring and blending and mixing, and my dough came out looking a little . . . crumbly. (See the third picture, below.) Like the topping on a coffee cake. I’m not sure if it was a blending issue or the fact that my ancient hand-mixer really only has one speed (insanely fast), but it wasn’t as smooth as I thought it should be. It looked a bit dry. It came together fine when I wrapped it in plastic, but even after cooling it in the fridge for an hour and a half, it still crumbled a bit when I rolled it into 1-inch balls. I also initially made the balls way too big and was about two dozen shy of what the recipe said I should make from the batter, so I went back and resized some of the behemoths into less gluttonous sizes. Read more