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    Double Chocolate Oriolos Rose's Alpha Bakers

                                                           double chocolate oriolos

    Hmm, two surprises with my second bake as an alpha baker from Rose Levy Beranbaum's 'The Baking Bible'. One: why is this cookie entitled "double chocolate" when the "chocolate" comes in one form from cocoa? Two: Never would I have guessed that such an unassuming cookie could be so feather light in texture.  

    The light texture of the double chocolate oriolos cookie is bordering on ethereal, it disappears in a cloud of buttery cocoaness (not a word but should be)... pair with milk or better still an icy cold kahlua milk shake. 

    Three:  ok I didn't mention a three... but I skinned my walnuts today, now this might not rock your boat but for me it was an "ahhh haaaa" moment. Many times I've skinned hazelnuts by roasting in the oven and rubbing the heated nuts between a clean tea towel to the remove the brown skin, but I had never thought of doing it with walnuts until I read Rose's recipe. The bitterness: it stops the bitterness you sometimes get when baking with walnuts. 

    That's how the recipe starts, skinning your walnuts. 

    Cubed chilled butter is processed through cocoa, walnut, sugar mixture until absorbed. 

    The resulting dough was divided into three parts. Chilling is an important step in this recipe to ensure your cookies keep their shape.  

    Working with one disc of dough at the time and keeping the remainder chilled, I divided and rolled 12gram balls of dough. On your lined baking sheet you press each ball with a flat bottomed glass/tumbler that has been sprayed with cooking spray and dipped in granulated sugar.  

    Brush away any excess sugar on your tray with a soft brush before going into to bake.

    Yes, they might look unassuming but these cookies are a taste/texture treat. I made a double batch as I promised step son Dan that I will make him bourbon pecan butter balls with a pulversied batch of these cookies. 

    Would I bake again?: Yes

    Would I make any changes?: Goodness, maybe a pinch of salt to accentuate cocoa flavour... but I think if you are looking for a plain cocoa biscuit/cookie these are pretty perfect as they are.

    How it works; now I've joined the fabulous existing alpha bakers, once a week I will post about what I have baked from Rose Levy Beranbaum's 'The Baking Bible'. This won't include the recipe due to copyright and publisher restrictions however, I will be posting how it went and photos of making/baking the gorgeous baked goods.

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    Happy Baking :) 

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    Reader Comments (8)

    Good point on the double chocolate. I'm sorry to say I hadn't even thought about it. Maybe it will be a mystery like the cuddle cake ie. never solved.

    May 18, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine

    My friends 8 year old autistic son is so cute and whenever you ask him something he replies "it's a mystery"… we all say it now about everything ;) I like a "mystery" so I'm happy with double chocolate cookies… oh and cuddle cake, I will have to make cuddle cake too :)

    May 18, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    My assumption for the name, is once you take a bite it's give you a little chocolate and than as you go the chocolate flavor intensify....? great photos and welcome aboard.

    May 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterorins goodies

    Thank you Orin, ahhh, that assumption sounds right :D

    May 19, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Fabulous photos and cookies! You dusted the sugar off the baking sheets? I didn't..hahaha..I baked all the sugar together as well..LOL!

    May 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterfaithy

    I did dust off excess sugar :P My sugar disappeared into top of cookie each time I pressed it with glass… yours and some others seemed to have a pretty shiny sugar finish. :)

    May 19, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

    Yes, these cookies are exactly that, ethereal Your cookies turned out nicely shaped. Really like your photography.

    May 21, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVicki

    Thank you Vicki :) These cookies do have a texture I have never experienced before… so surprisingly light!! :D

    May 21, 2015 | Registered CommenterThe Lone Baker

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