Biggie Chocoholic Cookies

When I get a new cookbook, I read it like it is a novel. I devour every recipe, photo, and cooking tidbit offered by the author. Every once in a while, it is time to branch out and actually read a novel. The novels that I pick are about food and usually include recipes. Some of my favorite foodie reads include A Year in Provence, Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, and Comfort Food.

One of the first fiction foodie authors I discovered was Diane Mott Davidson and her series of mysteries about a caterer named Goldy Schultz. I loved reading the descriptions of the food the heroine prepared and the lavish parties she catered. The novels are interspersed with numerous recipes and a favorite of mine appeared in Davidson's novel The Main Corpse.

Chocoholic Cookies are double chocolate cookies loaded with chocolate chips and oatmeal. I have made a few changes over the years and have come up with a family favorite cookie. Nothing is better than a good book and a great cookie.

Biggie Chocoholic Cookies
adapted from a recipe in Diane Mott Davidson's mystery novel The Main Corpse.

makes about 24 - 3 inch cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup Hersey's Bits O' Brickle Toffee Bits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add flour, baking soda, salt, and cocoa mixing until thoroughly combined. The batter will be stiff. Add eggs one at a time, mixing after each one. Add vanilla extract and mix well. Add oats, chocolate chips and toffee bits and mix until combined.

Using a 2-inch scoop, drop batter about 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake for 11 - 12 minutes. The cookies will still be slightly soft in the middle. Let cool on pan for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Enjoy with your favorite book.


Robin Sue said...

Hi my name is Robin and I am a Chocoholic. Hi Robin. Yes I need a 12 step progam, I love chocolate! This looks great and any chocolate with toffee chips and oatmeal is a friend of mine!

Have you read "Like water for Chocolate?" Crazy fun foodie book.

Maria said...

I am always up for a good chocolate cookie. These look great!

Kim Lehnhoff said...

I read that book about a month ago, and wondered if the cookies were as yummy as they sounded. I enjoyed the descriptions of the food, both in the preparation and the presentation. But I can't say I cared for the story that much - it sounded like an episode of "Murder, She Wrote (ending was too pat).

I made the Sour Cream Cherry Coffee Cake from the book, and found it to be a bit bland. Maybe the blandness was due to the brand of cherry preserves I used (how do you know if they are "best quality", as the recipe says?).

I'll have to give the cookies a whirl.

Rindy R said...

I think the only thing that could make a chocolate chip cookie better - would be to make it chocolatier - Bravo!!!!

amycaseycooks said...

Robin sue - I have been meaning to read LIke Water for Chocolate - it is on my summer reading list.

Maria - it is a nice and chocolatey cookie!

June Freaking Cleaver - I must admit that I like reading books that are more fluff than substance.

I usually doctor up recipes that I try - adding cream instead of milk, more seasonings etc to make them better than written.

Rindy - let's hear it for chocolate. I may have one for breakfast.

teresa said...

I feel the same way about cookbooks, they're so fun to read!

These cookies look sinful!

kat said...

The toffee bits made it for me!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

I love cookbooks that give you plenty of eye candy as well as make an interesting read.

Leslie said...

Chocoholic is my middle name!!!! Love the cookies

Creative Classroom Core said...

These could quickly become my new favourites! I am bookmarking this!

MaryBeth said...

These look perfect and I could really go for one with some milk at this very moment...I will defiantly have to make them.

bluang3lbby said...

you definitely need to check out Joanne Fluke and her Hannah Swensen series. so many recipes and they all are so good...but those cookies look so good.

but i was wondering because i don't have a 1 and 1/2 inch scoop, how much would that be able tablespoonwise?

amycaseycooks said...

bluang3lbby - I have read a couple of her books too. Great for reading on the beach.

No problem on not having the scoop. Scoop and form golfball sized amounts of the batter.

Macie said...

I love to make cookies... Thanks for the recipe... It looks very easy to make... I'll try...

Aggie said...

Oh these look so good!! I read cookbooks like a novel too, lol!

Donna-FFW said...

These cookies are now on my listto try asap. They look incredible and I am also jotting down your recommended reading. I love to read cookbooks, and fictional books with cooking , I am so there!

Patsyk said...

I love her books, too! I need to find the first one and start at the beginning, but it was easy to pick up in the middle and follow the story. These cookies look fantastic!

Karrissa Winward said...

Wow, thanks for commenting on my little recipe blog- Karrissa's Kitchen! I check your website all the time- you have amazing recipes! Thanks for sharing your talents with little mommy chefs like me!

Debbie said...

I SO enjoy DMD's novels - and the recipes she shares are fantastic! These look amazing - and I'm glad you posted this. Reminds me I need to dig out those books for a good read again!

Thomas Andrew said...

My mom is going to LOVE this recipe! A huge chocolate fan. Thanks.