Friday, November 7, 2014

Try Some Extra Chocolate With Chocolate Extract! #FoodieFriday

How many of you have ever used chocolate extract in your baking? It's not that common; I discovered it a few years ago, and love using it. Many people I've mentioned it to however, have no idea what I'm talking about! Nielsen-Massey Vanillas recently sent me a bottle of their Pure Chocolate Extract for review, so I thought for this FoodieFriday, I'd share a recipe using chocolate extract!

Before we get to the recipe, I'll just tell you that chocolate extract can be used in place of vanilla extract in your recipes. I love replacing vanilla with chocolate in any of my chocolate or chocolate-chip recipes, because it adds another layer of chocolate-y goodness! I've tried it in brownies, cookies, cakes...anything you'd normally use vanilla extract in!

For the review today I decided to bake up some Chocolate Pecan Cookies. I love adding nuts to chocolate; one of my favorite combinations! So let's get started!

1-1/3 cups Flour
3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder (I use Hershey's)
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons Corn Syrup (I used light)
2 tablespoons Milk
1 teaspoon Chocolate Extract
1 cup Chopped Pecans
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips

To make the cookies, stir together flour, cocoa, salt and baking soda, set aside. In a separate bowl, blend butter, sugars, corn syrup, milk and chocolate extract. Slowly beat in dry ingredients. Stir in pecans. Chill dough in refrigerator for 3 hours or overnight. Preheat oven to 325. Place tablespoon-size balls of dough on a cookie sheet; press lightly to flatten. Bake for 8-10 minutes. 

While cookies are cooling, melt chocolate chips. The easiest way is just place in a sealed ziplock bag and heat in microwave 30 seconds at a time, until melted. When cookies are cooled, drizzle melted chocolate over the cookies. 

(Simply snip the corner off the ziplock and you're good to go!). Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk! Makes about 18 cookies.


Janet W. said...

These turned out so good! I'll have to try your recipe soon. This would make a delicious treat for my grandson's teacher!

Unknown said...

This looks delicious.

DG Middendorf said...

I want to try these. They sound so yummy and the more chocolate the better in this house.

Karen O said...

I have not heard of Chocolate Extract. I love chocolate though, so I will have to try it!

Nancy Loring said...

I never realized that there was chocolate extract. I will be looking for this and replacing my vanilla extract with this in many recipes.

Nancy Loring said...

I never realized that there was chocolate extract. I will be looking for this and replacing my vanilla extract with this in many recipes.

klawarrick said...

I am one of them who has never heard of chocolate extract, but I KNOW that if you made it, it's GOT to be delicious! I will definitely have to try these some time! :)

Sarah Hayes said...

I didnt know they had chocolate extract but I would love to try it. the more chocolate the better!

Connie Sowards said...

I had never heard of chocolate extract either. I'd love to try it. My daughter makes outstanding chocolate chip cookies. I think the extract would be great in these.