Sunday, September 5, 2010

Bat Out of Hell Cookies

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Have you ever come up with an idea that is truly awe inspiring? An idea that is so ahead of it's time and so amazing that you wonder why no one has thought of it before? You know why no one has thought of it before? Because it's probably pretty stupid. I have come to the realization that the majority of my genius ideas fit into this category. Frankly, they're dumb. Unrealistic and dumb. But, for whatever reason, I think they're the best ideas ever and I have a hard time swallowing the fact that all these great thoughts floating around in my head are all duds.

For instance: spherical pies. No, it's not like two pies glued together to form some weird type of pop tart. It would be completely round and full of filling. Back in the day, I thought this was ingenious. What could be better than a large,  soccer ball-like pie? Nothing. Nothing could be better than that. The mechanics of eating such a monstrosity was completely lost on me - how would one serve a spherical pie? - but I needed to create it.

Ten years later (still no spherical pie) I've continued my descent into baking madness. My latest plan was to produce and market cookies inspired by aging rock stars of the 70s and 80s. No, I have no idea where this began, nor why I thought this was a good idea to begin with. But, months ago, I was positively inspired by it all. Think of the possibilities: Tesla's "Modern Day Cowboy Cookies", Twisted Sister's "We're Not Going to Bake it", The Stone's "Brown Sugar Cookies", and (my personal favourite) Queen's "Biscotti Rhapsody". Yes, now that I look back at it, this is all very silly (unless a cookie marketing agency would like to contact us and tell me otherwise). I actually went through with one of the recipes a couple of weeks ago.
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Have no idea what rock song it's suppose to represent? Don't worry. No one else knew either. Someone actually asked me if they were batmobiles (which sent me into a nerd rage because a)The batmobile is a car and b) it would be called the "batcycle", duh). Here, I'll give you a hint:

Get it now? Yeah, stupid, I know. Maybe I should have gone with the whole batcycle thing instead. Well, at least they were tasty. And not spherical.

Bat Out of Hell Cookies
Makes about a dozen
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa
3/4 teaspoon coarse salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg plus 1 large egg yolk
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
One can of dulce de leche (I make the homemade kind)

1) Whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in the egg, yolk, cooled chocolate, and vanilla. Slowly add the flour mixture to your wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Shape dough into a flat disk, wrap with plastic wrap, and cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

2) After the dough has cooled and hardened, take it out and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your dough to about 1/8 of an inch thick. Cut out cookies with your motorcycle cookie cutter (or what ever shape you'd like, really), place on baking sheets, and bake until set (about 7 to 10 minutes). Let cool, then top with a scoop of dulce de leche, then sandwich cookies together.
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like a bat out of hell i'll be gone when the morning comes


Max and Katie said...

I think they are rather clever, they'd be great for a theme party or class reunion. Plus they sound yummy. I'm absolutely thrilled by your nerd rage about the Batmobile mixup. I'm glad there is a fellow baker who feels as strongly about Batman as I do. :)

Monet said...

These are adorable. I just moved to Austin, and my fellow Austinites are obsessed with bats. We have a bat cave near the lake, and there is a huge festival every year to celebrate the bats. These would be perfect!

Anonymous said...

These are so great! What a perfect recipe with Halloween coming up so soon!

Sugary Flower said...

SPHERICAL PIES!!!! I think that is AWESOME. Really, how cool would that be?! As for how you'd serve it, who cares - I do believe that falls under the category of Someone Else's Problem. I say reach for the stars!! :)

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