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My kitchen is full of chocolate…chocolate bars of all varieties, candies, kisses, even some leftover holiday fudge. It doesn’t tempt me in the least. Then I received a care package from Hershey’s with 3 varieties of their new Brookside Dark Chocolates…they’ve paired real fruit juice pieces with smooth, luscious chocolate: Açai with Blueberry, Pomegranate, and Goji with Raspberry. I ate one, then another, and then another. The next morning, I took a some samples to my knitting group…and one friend commented, as she tried all the flavors, “These will fly off the shelves.” We couldn’t decide on a favorite…they all have a slight essence of fruit without compromising the chocolate flavor. A few months back, I picked up some dried gogi berries at the market (you know how Dr. Oz is always touting their virtues)…and let me tell you, they’were nothing to write home about. I think I’ve found a new way to enjoy my exotic fruits..and get my fill of antioxidants in a most delicious way!
I wasn’t sure how these chocolates would survive in the oven, but I just had to try adding them to one of my favorite chocolate chip cookie bases…the key is making the dough with brown butter. That pushes these WAY over the top. My attempt at baking with these sweet treats worked perfectly…and I even got an email from one of the knitters, who sampled a cookie after her lunch, to let me know how tasty they were. I always like adding a few chocolate pieces to the warm cookies as a garnish…it makes for the prettiest results. I did have to make a few with chocolate disks…even though my youngest, Nick, liked his taste of this gourmet chocolate, I was pushing the limit expecting him to embrace these in cookies. I’ll have to wait a few years for his palate to mature. So you have TWO ways to enjoy these chocolates…the healthy way…just a few out of the bag OR in cookies…where maybe the guilt won’t be quite as intense knowing you’re getting a good boost of antioxidants!
These chocolates are just starting to be seen locally…Target, Costco, Walmart, Kroger and even Amazon. You can contact Brookside via their website for retailers in your area. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see how you can win your own chocolates and chocolate tasting kit!!!
- 14 tablespoons butter, divided
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 1 1/4 cup Brookside Chocolates (may substitute chocolate chips or discs)
- Extra chocolates for optional garnish
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- Melt 10 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan over medium high heat till melted. Continue cooking for a couple more minutes till butter is golden brown with a nutty fragrance. Watch carefully so it does not burn. Pour into a heatproof bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter. Stir till melted.
- Add sugars, then vanilla and mix till combined. Stir in egg and egg yolk. Add baking soda, salt and flour and mix till combined. Stir in chocolate.
- Scoop out about 2 tablespoons of dough per cookie and roll into a ball. Place dough balls about 2 inches apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake about 10 minutes or till cookies are golden. Press 2 or 3 chocolate pieces into warm cookies to garnish. Cool on rack.
- Makes about 24 cookies.
I have an exciting offer for you! Brookside has agreed to send one lucky follower of my blog the same Chocolate Tasting Kit that they gave me…it includes 3 delicious bags of Brookside Chocolates, 2 beautiful Crate and Barrel glasses, the very cool Crate and Barrel serving dish pictured in the top 2 photos, a Crate and Barrel ceramic cheese board and knife, plus a couple extra surprises. Fill out the Rafflecopter prompts below to enter. This offer is good in the US only and will run till 5 PM on Monday, January 21.
Disclosure: Hershey’s provided me these chocolates in a gift package. I was not compensated for writing a review and all opinions are my own.