Cookies & Cans : Dateable Rocky Road Cookies

In my world, dating comes with cookies.

Let me specify.

“Can I take you out to dinner?” comes with cookies.

“You want to hang out sometime?” no cookies for you.

You know why? Any fellow left in this day and age with the stones to legitimately ask a girl out on a for-real, grown-up date is worth baking these cookies for. This fellow not only has the courage to ask that petrifying question, but he’s one who picks you up and actually walks you back to your door, has a solid handshake when he meets you for the first time, come to that, he still shakes hands when meeting people.

(For credentials sake : My dates have been made cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. They were all truly quality fellows.)

Moral of the story: if you ask a lady out on that actual date, she’s going to be really hard pressed to say no.

Down to business…

Dateable Rocky Road Cookies
(adapted from A Cozy Kitchen)
makes about 18 cookies

1/2  cup cake flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 ounces milk chocolate – I used one bar Ghirardelli
(2 oz chopped into 1/4 inch chunks, 2 oz chopped into 1/8 inch chunks)
4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen or refrigerated
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup small marshmallows
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Italicized ingredients/measurements are those differing from the original recipe

1. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together.

2. In a separate medium microwavable bowl, melt butter and 1/4 inch chunks of chocolate together in microwave. Melt 30 seconds, stir, 30 seconds, stir again. Continue until chocolate has melted down to very small bits. Just continue stirring until completely smooth. (It’s better to not melt this enough than burn it…your home will reek for days if you burn chocolate)

3. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla extract to chocolate mixture and whisk until smooth. It may look and smell like grainy carmel.

4. Add 1/2 flour mixture, whisk until combined. Add the other 1/2 and mix well again. You may need to switch to a spoon or spatula if the whisk becomes too clogged.

4. Fold in marshmallows, pecans, and 1/8 inch chocolate bits.

5. Cover with plastic wrap and let chill for one hour. Have a beer and hang out.

6. Scoop 1 1/2 inch sized balls onto greased cookie sheet, two inches apart, and put in refrigerator again to chill for fifteen minutes while oven preheats.

6. Bake 12-14 minutes at 350 F. The tops of cookies should be dry and slightly cracked. Carefully remove from cookie sheet almost immediately after taking out of oven, and let cool.

7. Take to aforementioned boy.

Come back on Wednesday to see what I have planned for February!


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5 comments
  1. G-LO said:

    I like your attitude! I am a bit confused by the state of modern dating, but thankfully, I don’t have to deal with it (married with two kids). I truly believe that the good old-fashioned one on one date is the only true way to get to know someone. How else are you going to know whether or not you can deal with someone for the rest of your life? As I told a recently divorced friend, we’re all crazy. You just have to find a person with a level of craziness that you can deal with on a daily basis.

    And as far as the cookies go, they look spectacular! Also, can we expect a review of the Three Floyds Gumball Head in the near future?

    Cheers!
    G-LO

  2. thebakeandbrew said:

    @Jess: Thank you so much! It’s lucky I thought to get a picture after breaking one apart, as most of them disappeared within minutes 🙂

    @G-LO: Oh what I could say about modern dating…it has its advantages and disadvantages. I think getting to know someone in a more informal way is great as well, but taking a lady out on an old-fashioned date really sets a man apart these days. And regarding Gumballhead – I have February’s project lined up already but hopefully soon after that!

  3. Yum! These cookies look so good. I agree with your cookie/date credentials. Too bad I’m not straight otherwise I’d ask you out just for a chance of these cookies!

    • thebakeandbrew said:

      Thank you! If I hadn’t already pledged my allegiance to Rocky Road ice cream, these would have my heart. And rest assured, even my friends here reap the benefits of me baking (besides the dateable dudes)…I’m sure you know when one has baked several batches of anything it’s good to have many great friends around to share with.

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