Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Krispy Kreme Chocolate Chip Cookies
I respect the spirit of the law at Passover, although I don't feel bound by the letter of the law.
I'll be going to a cherished friend's house for a Seder on the first night of the 8-day holiday, and bringing Chocolate Caramel Matzah made with my own handmade matzah. I'll be going to another priceless friend's house for the second night's Seder, and respecting her Orthodox parents by masquerading as a normal person who doesn't take pictures of everything she eats (since photography is forbidden).
My traditions include eating far too many Manischewitz almond macaroons from a can, one of my favorite guilty pleasures; they're only available this time of year, so I have to get my quota in! And I don't eat bread, a leavened product that is not permissible during Passover, but that's primarily because I don't eat much bread anyway - that part of the proceedings is easy for me.
But I don't rid my home of all the forbidden foods (pasta, cakes, cookies, flour, lentils, corn, and many more). I use my regular ol' dishes and cookware, rather than having extra sets just for Passover that haven't been touched by the verboten items and thus are acceptable. I don't prepare baked goods with matzah cake meal, which tends to make them heavy and dense; I generally just don't bake at all at this time.
Many of my friends, however, are observant and keep kosher; they have been busy cleaning their homes and preparing for the holiday by removing all forbidden items. Using up the chametz [HAH-mets] - leavened products and other items that, according to Jewish law, Jews may not possess during Passover - is a time-honored tradition. Just as Catholics indulge before Lent by using up butter, sugar, eggs, and other goodies before a time of abstinence in preparation for Easter, Jews must get rid of the chametz.
And so, rather than just offering a recipe for bread pudding or French toast - not that there's anything wrong with them! - I thought I'd suggest a bit of novelty today. I found myself with leftover Krispy Kreme doughnuts after making hedonistic sandwiches while participating in Project PB&J. So I baked cookies that will help your household to finish off flour, baking soda, and even doughnuts if you have them. (And if you don't happen to have any on hand, it might be worth buying a few just for this recipe!)
These are rich and decadent in addition to serving a higher purpose in helping to rid the household of soon-to-be-forbidden foods. Who said you can't have fun while obeying the law?
Chocolate Chip Krispy Kreme Cookies
1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup shortening, at room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups crumbled Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts (4 doughnuts)
1 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and vanilla. Stir in the egg, salt, and baking soda. Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, and the crumbled doughnuts. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Drop batter by generous tablespoonsful onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes until cookies are slightly firm, then remove to a rack to cool completely.
Makes 48 cookies.
Here are a few other recipes to help you, if you're still searching for ways to use up chametz:
Raspberry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
Asparagus Bread Pudding
Strawberry Jam Muffins
Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Muffins
Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Cream Pie
Peanut Butter Pancakes with Nutella Sauce
Peanut Butter No-Bake Treats
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