Monday, October 13, 2008

Sometimes it's hard... boiled!

Today’s cookie is an extra special collaboration between three baking bloggers. Anna (Cookie Madness), Katrina (Baking and Boys), and I shared the same idea of how we wanted a certain cookie to be, so we started with a base formula then made adjustments to the ingredients and technique until we agreed that the cookie had achieved our vision. Several stomachaches (and many emails) later, we ended up with a delicious cookie.

And so with an ocean and some US states in the middle, this is our cookie:

We hate wasting ingredients so to start, we made a very small batch yielding 2 cookies. Once we fine-tuned that, we scaled it up to 8 cookies. For those of you who don’t need 8 cookies, we’ve included the small batch version as well. The first recipe makes 8 large cookies, and by large, we mean 1/4 pound each. These are big, fat, sturdy cookies that are perfect for wrapping decoratively and presenting to friends. What’s great about these cookies is they hold up well. The cooked egg keeps them fresher longer and gives the middle an interesting moist yet crumbly texture. The technique we used to build the cookie also plays into that. We made the whole cookie in a food processor and started by cutting cold butter into flour. The cookies take about 20 minutes to bake. You can bake them in a regular oven or if you own one, a convection oven.

RECIPE:

Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 12. 4 oz all purpose bleached flour (2 ¾ cups spooned and swept)
  • 8 ounces cold unsalted butter, cut into small chunks (16 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 hard boiled egg*, cut into big chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Amazing Hard Boiled Egg Chocolate Chip Cookies (Small Batch)

  • 3.1 oz all purpose bleached flour (2/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon flour)
  • 2 ounces cold unsalted butter (4 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 of a hard boiled egg*
  • 1 tablespoon lightly beaten egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small handful of chocolate chips

Combine flour and butter in food processor. Pulse until mixture is mealy and coarse. Add the salt and baking soda and pulse to mix. Add both sugars and hard boiled egg. Pulse again until mixture is mealy looking. Add in the raw egg and vanilla and pulse until mixture just begins to come together. Dump mixture into a bowl, add chocolate chips and shape into balls. You will see egg whites in dough – they’ll disappear as the cookies bake. Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet at 350 degrees F. for 20 minutes or until cookies appear lightly browned around edges. Let cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes then transfer to rack to finish cooling.

The first batch makes 8 big cookies, the small batch makes just 2.

Important: Let cool completely before serving. The texture gets better as the cookies cool. It’s even better if you cool the cookies, freeze them, then thaw them.

Note: If you have a convection oven, try convection baking for 18-20 minutes. Anna tested in both types of oven and liked the convection oven texture a lot.

* About the hard boiled egg: I don't know where this idea came from first, but it's used in some ancient European recipes. It's not uncomun to use this technic in some bakeries to achieve a certain cookie texture, it's more usual to use just the hard boiled egg yolk, but the whole egg is also used.

You can do it like this and just mix the egg in the food processor or if you want you can also pass it thru a sieve or grind it before adding it to the dough. Other alternative is instead of hard boiling it, you can microwave beated egg for a few seconds (about 20-30 for a whole egg) until it gets the consistency of a omelette. You can then grate it, or cut it in small chunks and proceed as we say in the recipe.

It was so much fun creating a cookie in 3 different kitchens! We really had a blast with this one!

Check Annas's cookies here (she even made a Cookie Q&A) and the ones Katrina made are here!

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74 comments:

Katrina said...

Let me be the first to tell you--Yummy! Looks de-lish, Rita!

VeggieGirl said...

VERY interesting - love how thick the cookies are! :0)

Tanya said...

How interesting - I've never heard of the hard boiled egg being used. These cookies look almost too perfect. I'm printing out this recipe and trying it out very soon!

The Blonde Duck said...

That's amazing! I can't believe you could make cookies that big. And I've never heard of hard boiled eggs. Cool!

Suzana said...

Olha que interessante! Já conhecia algumas receitas mas apenas com a gema. Hei-de experimentar!

Katie said...

Ok these look great but the hard boiled egg is really freaking me out. I think these will have to be made.

Ivy said...

Quite interesting-the egg thing, I have never heard about this before-very cool. :)

sunita said...

Hard boiled egg in a cookie...now, that is very interesting :-)...they look delish, though :-)

Madeleine said...

Wow, eso si que estuvo extraño... cada día se aprende algo bueno..y si dices que están ricas, te creo! jeje!

Me encantó lo del plátano en la receta anterior! muuuy buena idea eh! jeje!

Saludos!!!

Lisa said...

Neat idea! I might have to make them.

Katrina said...

I didn't really say in my blog, but I just microwaved the egg, too and it worked great. Do it in 10 second intervals, or else it could blow up! ;) (So try the egg, you don't really have to go through the time to hard boil eggs if you don't want to wait!)

Mari Azevedo said...

Rita querida, seus cookies estão com uma aparência linda demais! Imagino tbm como devam ser gostosos... o q tenho de cookie teu na minha to do list para fazer vc nem imagina.. rsrsrs
Beijos querida!

Bridgett said...

I love thick, cakey cookies like that. I think the hard boiled egg would be an interesting ingredient. I may have to try that out.

Hillary said...

I absolutely love the collaborative effort and the process of finding this cookie recipe! They look great and I love how big they are! Very very nice work everyone.

Maris said...

I saw this over at Cookie Madness (I have a thing for cookies) and it looks great! I wish I had a KitchenAid so I could try it...:( Oh well...someday!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Katrina- Yummy they were! You were right about the microwave! Add it to your post, it's much easier!

VG-I also adore thick cookies!

Tanya- Can't wait to hear what you think about them! Let us know!

Blonde Duck- There's no such thing as big cookies!

Suzana- Eu também com gema já tinha comido, assim com ovo inteiro foi a primeira vez, e não a ultima!

Katie- Lol! I know it's strange, but try the small version if you're curious!

Ivy- They are really very interesting and different.

Sunita- Oh they were!

Madeleine- Gracias guapa! Pues si ahora estoy con las galletas. Lo del huevo duro las hace muy buenas de verdad!

Lisa- Oh yes you do!

Mari- lol! Pois é essas listas que não param de crescer! Eu tenho o mesmo problema!

Bridgett- Try them, if you like these kind of cookies you're going to love these I think!

Hillary- It was really a fun process!

Maris- You can also do it by hand or with a pastry cutter. The small batch is very easily done by hand, just pass your egg trhu a sieve to make sure it will be well mixed. Just mix the flour with the butter with your finger tips. Good luck!

Any Little Reason said...

I don't like hard boiled eggs - but I may have to try this despite that! They look too good to pass up!

Judy said...

I will definitely be trying these. Great work you 3!

Vera said...

I made the cookies with hard-boiled egg yolks but I've never heard about using a whole egg :) Rita, you are full of surprises! The cookies look incredible!

Sharon said...

I love the small batch amount! Just enough indulgence for the two of us. Using a hard boiled egg is something I never would have thought of but I'm eager to try!

Adam said...

Whoa, talk about crazy. You are eggcellent :) See what happens when you mix Portuguese and Americans together?

Dana McCauley said...

A hard boiled egg? Fascinating! 1/4 lb cookie? Inspiring!

Nick said...

Those look like some wonderful cookies. The hard boiled egg idea is crazy. It always amazes me how many possibilities there are out there in baking. You should try experimenting with crazier stuff, like adding pureed jello or melted ice cream to a baked good. Keep up the creativity!

Lina said...

those look perfect....

noble pig said...

That is just the most interesting thing I've ever heard...how would they hold up to mailing, probably well I expect.

Rachel said...

hard-boiled egg in a cookie...Wow..

Emiline said...

The cross-section looks really good.

Now I'm intrigued! What have you done?! I don't need any more cookies in the house, but I have to try them.

Are they the best cookies you've ever tasted?

caosnacozinha said...

Rita, they look yummy! And I have to say I am very curious about the texture. I'll make them, for sure!

Oh, and thanks for the help! I found the corn syrup and will be making the caramel corn soon! :)

*
mariana

Prudy said...

They look lovely-and no one would ever be the wiser re the egg. I'll be sure to check out Anna's and Katrina's posts also.

Shreya said...

so tasty looking! can't believe hard boiled eggs are used...very different and nice:-)

morgana said...

Qué pinta tiene!!! Sólo he hecho unas galletas con yema de huevo cocida la verdad es que la textura es una pasada, se deshacían en la boca... Tengo la receta pendiente de publicación tal cual la copié de una colección de cocina de hace una pila de años, pero seguro que estas es muchísimo mejor.

Enhorabuena a las locas científicas galleteras por los resultados de sus experimentos.

;-)

Dawn said...

Did the hard boiled egg make the cookie thick like this? Yeah these would be awesome gifts to give out with a cute wrapper of some sort. I love how thick this cookie is. Wonderful experiment.

e muito obrigado pela sua doce e solidária comentários.

Anette said...

ok, ok... Isto é muito para uma pessoa só, cookies, atrás de cookies, e eu sem cheirar e provar, nenhum!
Beijinho

Leslie said...

those are some THICK THICK cookies!!
I will have to give these a whirl.

Maria said...

Wow, you really used a hard boiled egg? I am impressed. The cookies look fantastic!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This just blows me away. Hard boiled eggs in a cookie!

If those photos are any indication, I'd say it makes for a ncie fat cookie with a great texture. Wow.

Ann said...

Wow! But how do they taste/feel and all that? Did you love them? More importantly - HOW was the dough? Could you keep your greedy little fingers out of it? Fascinating recipe as usual.

Mike of Mike's Table said...

I'd never heard of the hard boiled egg technique, but I like it! The inside-the-cookie shots make it look oh so good. I'll have to give this a shot

mysweetestday said...

a collaborative cookie...what a great idea!

Darius T. Williams said...

Yea, this is interesting...this would be soemthing that I would have to definitely check out! DEFINITELY!

Jenny said...

Girl I'm always surprised when I come over to your kitchen! Who would have thought to add a hard boiled egg? With the looks of your cookies, I'm on board for sure!

Alexa said...

That's an impressive formula for a cookie... I am always open to anything and they look perfect!

zita said...

Wow! a very well thought technique, that was an "eureka" momet for you gals! congrats!

Big Boys Oven said...

this is am awesome recipe . . .. wow! must try!

Cakespy said...

What an AWESOME collaboration! You three are too creative, and the results look amazing!

Reeni said...

They look so good! Extra big, rich and thick. I love them!!

Sophie said...

This is too cool! I applaud you for not giving up, I love how thick and yummy the cookies look :).

Kevin said...

These cookies sound really interesting. I am going to have to try them.

Veronica said...

The texture of that cookie looks amazing...brilliant!

Lisa magicsprinkles said...

Wo. Those are some big ol' cookies, girl. The egg idea has me absolutely fascinated. I'm starring this one for a must try soon. I love the way that you all collaborated on these, by the way. I think that's the coolest part.

Bob said...

Ok, I'm intrigued. I will have to try these. I'm always looking for new cookies.

natalia said...

Ciao ! very interesting cookies I'll have to try them !

Liz said...

Ooooh now you are talking. I've heard about hard boiled eggs in other baked goods, and now that I know it produces awesome cookies, I'm dying to try it. Your pictures make them look AMAZING!

Jude said...

That's interesting.. Looks dense and chewy-chewy.. just how I like my cookies.

Dee said...

How unusual! The inter-continental collaboration is such a wonderful idea. Maybe cookies are the solution to world peace :)

Mobula said...

Galletas con yema de huevo cocida!!! Esto tengo que probarlo yo. Otra receta a la lista de pendientes!!

Realmente fantásticas!!

Ana

Anna said...

I love all these comments -- especially Adam's. LOL.

BTW. I'm scared to microwave the egg and have been doing it the old fashioned way. We suddently have lots of hard boiled eggs here.

Did you know that here in Austin you can buy eggs that have already been hard-boiled and peeled?

Passionate About Baking said...

Love the sound of these CC...what a great time you girls have had! 1 question...does the cooked egg give the cookie an eggy taste? Sorry if that sounds awful, but just wondered? Cheers

Gloria said...

Dear these look amazing and tasty!!!!xGloria

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

How cool that you three collaborated on this recipe! Not only do the cookies look delightful but I'm amazed how blogs can bring people together. :)

Jaime said...

hard boiled egg?? really? neat.

Robin Sue said...

What a great project with wonderful results! The cookie looks great and the idea that it is huge makes for a great gift to give! The egg is interesting and I am really going to have to give this a try.

jen said...

wow it looks so scrumptious!
By the way, you won the Pierre Herme giveaway over at my space. Email me your address so you can get your goodies. :)

Yasmeen said...

Hearty cookies with hard boiled eggs!
Thanks for the wonderful recipe:)

Heather said...

so cool! those cookies look tasty! fun to learn something new today :) i've never heard of this before :)

bakinginoregon said...

Well, you can learn something new every day. I've NEVER heard of hard boiled eggs being used for anything sweet like this. What an interesting idea. I definitely want to try these. Great post.

alexandra's kitchen said...

this is crazy! what a great story for one. I am so intrigued by your discovery. cannot wait to try these!

Isa said...

Wow, that looks delicious! And so chewy on the inside! I'll so have to give it a try in the future! Thanks for sharing

CECIL said...

Been slacking off in blogging world and boy..hard boiled eggs!! You know, you are very right about European recipes using hard boiled eggs. Many of my grandmas' recipes call for hard boiled egg (yolks) - Indonesia was ruled by Brits and Dutch for very long time. And oh these recipes are divine!!! I will have to try this recipe of yours!!

pipoka said...

Vir aqui é receber uma lição de vida...nunca imaginei fazer bolachas com ovo cozido. olha já sei como é que se chamam as tais cenas brancas..."cicatrículas". Grande palavrão, não achas?

bjs

PS- gostei do novo layout

Maris said...

I love the idea of freezing and then thawing. I've done that before and the cookies do always turn out great!

kitchen aid part said...

That's great! but what make me freaking out is the hard boiled egg.

Mom2three said...

I, too, have never heard of this, but so willing to try it. I have a hard time getting my cookies to come out chewy - probably due to my ancient oven. I like this recipe that they make large cookies but not a whole slew of them. Going to print this off and try it!

Mom2three said...

I made these this last weekend and posted about it on my blog. They were amazingly HUGE and impressive to my kids. Hubby loved them, great with a big glass of milk. Thank you for being so innovative and creative with your baking and an inspiration to others in the world!