Thursday, June 26, 2014

Crisp Chocolate Bites (William Sonoma)

Besides the fantastic Italian Almond Tart that we had baked for our bake-along last year, this recipe from the William-Sonoma baking book is also one of the highest rated recipe at Williams-Sonoma Recipe website. Being a chocolate and cookie lover, I have proposed to bake these for our bake-along with Joyce from Kitchen Flavours and Lena from Frozen wings.

Previously, I have baked chocolate cookies at here, here and here. They are yummy but not entirely crispy! Knowing these chocolate cookies are going to be crispy, I'm keen to bake these...


Yes! These chocolate cookies are crispy.


In fact, only my second batch of cookies was crispy and my first batch wasn't and these are the not-so-crispy cookies that I have baked initially...

crisp chocolate bites William Sonoma
My first batch of cookies. Not crispy but very delicious!

These not-so-crispy cookies taste like hybrids of brownies and soft cookies being soft and fudgy. Although these fudgy cookies are heavenly and satisfying enough to eat, my curiosity tells me that my appetite for crispy chocolate cookies hasn't been satisfied.

I asked myself... Why are the cookies not crispy??? Looking at the recipe closely, I begin to know the reason why... 
  • Size really does matter! Instead of baking 42 cookies, I have baked 18 medium sized ones. If I baked them in smaller size, the cookies will be crisper and drier with the suggested baking time.
  • More sugar, please! Apparently, I'm too stingy! - LOL! Comparing the pictures of my cookies and William-Sonoma's, I realise that I my icing sugar coating is too sparse and thin. If I coat the cookie dough with more sugar, the cookies will be more sugary crunchy.
  • Longer baking time makes the cookies drier and crispier. As recommended in the recipe and tested by me, I can assure you that baking SMALL cookies at 190°C or 170°C fan forced for 12  minutes will yield nice crispy cookies.
  • Cooling makes cookies extra crispy too! The smell of cookies and cakes in the oven often make me ferocious and impatient.... Ops! To me, mastering the art of refraining to pinch and taste freshly baked cookies and cakes can be very difficult... *guilty* Being ferocious me, I have tried several cookies immediately after baking and I have to say that they are not crispy when they were warm.
  • Storing the cookies make them less crispy. I have stored the leftover crispy cookies in air-tight container for our next day consumption but found that they lose some of their crispness on the next day. They are still nice but with less crisp and crunch than they had on the day they were baked.
Comparing both crispy and non-crispy cookies, I'm loving both but prefer the fudgy ones for its smoother chocolaty texture. My husband and son feel the same too. Crispy or not, we are loving these chocolate cookies anyway... especially they are super-easy to bake and giving the chocoholic us lots of instant happiness.

This is how I bake these cookies...

Baking these cookies is super-easy! Just melt ...
... mix ...
... chill, coat with sugar and bake! Super-easy??? You have to agree with me :p
My first batch of not-so-crispy cookies. Bigger with less sugar coating.
My second batch of crispy cookies... Smaller with more sugar coating.
My first batch of cookies... Not so crispy but fudgy and heavenly!
My second batch of cookies... Look the same but crispy and crunchy!

Here's the recipe from the book, The William-Sonoma Baking Book or here
(with my modification in blue)

Makes about 42 cookies
(but I made 18 medium sized cookies for my first batch and 68 for my second batch)

6 tbsp or 90g unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 oz or 60g unsweetened chocolate, chopped
(I used Callebaut dark chocolate callets with 70% cocoa)
1 cup granulated sugar
(reduced to 150g raw caster sugar)
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup or 110g all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa powder
(I used 25g Valrhona)
1/2 tsp baking soda
(replaced with baking powder)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup or 50g confectioners’ sugar

In a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the butter and chocolate. Cook, stirring occasionally, just until they are melted and the mixture is smooth. I melt butter and chocolate together using a microwave with low power for about 1-2 mins.

Pour the chocolate mixture into a large bowl and let cool slightly. Stir in the sugar until evenly moistened. Add the egg and vanilla, beating until light and fluffy.

Over a sheet of waxed paper, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking soda / powder and salt - I sieved these ingredients into the butter mixture directly. Gradually add the flour mixture to the chocolate mixture and stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hr.

Preheat an oven to 375°F (or 170°C fan forced). Lightly grease 2 baking sheets or line with parchment paper / baking paper.

Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator. Shape the dough into 3/4-inch (or teaspoonful for smaller cookies or tablespoonful for larger cookies) balls and roll in the confectioners' sugar to coat completely. Place the balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on the prepared pans. Bake the cookies until puffed and cracked on top, about 12 mins. They may appear underdone in the center but will turn crisp as they cool. Let cool on the pans for 2 to 3 mins, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. 

Note: For my first batch of cookies, I have baked 18 medium size cookies at 170°C fan forced for 12 mins and yield fudgy brownies like cookies. For my second batch of cookies, I have baked 68 small cookies at 170°C fan forced for 12 mins and yield nice and crispy cookies. Cooling the cookies completely helps to make them crispier.

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30 comments:

  1. I'm definitely bookmarking this.. In fact, I've snapped your recipe using my phone already.. For easy reference, hehe.. Easy, coz it's melt, stir and bake! Like brownies, but crunchy and crispy.. Yep, all my cookies are not crispy, they are more to melt-in-the-mouth type.. Your cookies look so good, fudgy, just like crispy brownies!

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  2. Hi Zoe! I prefer crispy cookies but then looking at the close up shot of the interior of the fudgy one, I might make an exception!

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  3. Hi Zoe,
    Some of my smaller cookies are really crispy, but all of the bigger ones are crispy on the outside and cake-like in the centre. Yeah, size and baking time really matters! But both are good to eat.
    Will try them in smaller sizes the next time. Only baked these yesterday!

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  4. I am chocolate lover,so these cookies definitely is my favourite,these cookies look so so so yummy

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  5. Yours so nice domed, don't know why mine so flat. :(

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  6. Your pics are droolworthy! Makes me want to bake some too but am too busy this week!

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  7. are these those crackles? i'd always been wanting to bake these.... now i'm ready

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  8. I've never made these cookies and have always wanted to eat them.
    I think I'm afraid I'll eat the whole batch by myself and looking at your recipe here, I know I will!
    Z, they look amazing - I esp love the pic w the bitten cookie.

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  9. Hi Zoe,
    Thanks for sharing such a marvelous chocolate cookies. I love it and the recipe sure in my to do list.

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  10. Chocolate cookies.. I would never refuse that :D they look delishhh..

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  11. Yummy! Chocolate is my favourite and these look sooo good!

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  12. That looks too good, Zoe. You're drawing me into this web of chocolate love..lol ^.^

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  13. I love how these cookies look, the cracks and the color contrast make them look really pretty. I wish i could grab one of them now, i have not made cookies since CNY :)

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  14. Hi, Zoe...you really did a good research on why your cookies are not crispy...
    Sorry for my late visit to all links up in LTU...being quite busy this week...will catch up with everyone asap!

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  15. these cookies looks so chewing and delicious!!

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  16. Looking at your post reminds me that I have the William Sonoma baking book which I have totally forgotten about after my collection of recipe books almost reach 100! I wouldn't mind your batch of soft and fudgy cookies as I love soft cookies like the subway ones!

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  17. Oh man, these cookies look sooooo good. Wish I can have some too. Btw, this 1st picture looks fantastic. Hope you're going to have a fabulous weekenddear.
    Blessings, Kristy

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  18. Love the presentation, Zoe! I adore anything chocolate!

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  19. hi zoe, i made them a little smaller too and baked for 12mins and the 2nd batch i baked them for a minute more. I'm happy with the way they are, crispy outside and chewy inside..LOL!

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  20. Zoe, I love these cookies. I prefer chewy, soft cookies so I'll go with the first method. I've made similar. They are so good!

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  21. Hi Zoe, these crispy cookies look delicious, I'll would try them. I also wanted to tell you that I would love to participate in your Bake along with us posts but my blog is in Spanish. Would it be a problem with that?

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    1. Hi Yamile,

      We are more than happy to have you baking along with us... Your post in Spanish! No worries :D I can google translate and I'm sure Joyce and Lena are happy to hear from you too :D

      Zoe

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  22. Love to munch some, they are dangerously addictive.

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  23. Hi Zoe. These bite size cookies are so cute.
    I'm not working on Monday and will do this before it is closed for June.

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  24. Zoe, I love the nice domed of your chocolate cookies, crispy or not doesn't matter the chocolate in it does matter to me! Lol! can not come here too often as always want to try out the bake after seeing your awesome creations!!...I'm busy clearing pantry, can not buy new stuff!!!

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  25. I thought about baking these when I saw it was scheduled for Bake-Along, then I read the instructions and I was a bit unsure. But now... oh dear, why do yours have to look so darn good? :P

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  26. I have a few of William Sonoma cookbooks n I love all of them. These looks yummy

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  27. These are good with coffee.

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  28. I love the sound of your first batch... chewy and brownie-like! A wonderful invention :)

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  29. Hi Zoe,
    I just baked mine today. Hope i can post it before the linky closed :p
    Mine are crispy outside and cake like inside but my kids love it!!
    mui

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