Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mudslide Cookies from King Arthur Mix

Before it gets too warm and I start feeling guilty about using the oven and causing the air conditioner to work overtime, I wanted to make the King Arthur Flour Mudslide Cookie Mix they sent us.  I made these back in March 2011 but as often happens here on The Chocolate Cult, we write our reviews and simply post them according to a schedule that has to balance variety, holidays, and desires/needs of companies who send us their goods.  Your Chocolate Priestess was very pleased by the fact that these contain walnuts though that did mean she couldn't share them with her husband.  I just made sure I made other cookies for him so he had options.  Remember that being a considerate chocolate lover means thinking about other people's allergies and tastes.

Some of the 11 cookies I made, five of them to be exact, burnt a bit on the bottom but that was my fault entirely.  The box says it will make 10 cookies which means that each is two servings!  Whoa!  These are indeed intense cookies nutritionally speaking.  Each of mine, therefore, had these values before the "Egg Beaters" and "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" was added: 272 calories, 8.2g saturated fat, 118.2mg sodium, 3.6g fiber, 23.6g sugars, and 3.6g protein.  These were huge cookies, about 1/4 cup of batter in each one!


Aside from my "eggs" and "butter" substitutions, I followed the directions exactly though my oven required some adjustment in timing, thus why some got a bit burnt on the bottom.  Here you can see all the ingredients that came with the mix and what I had to add.  I'll go step by step in this review so you can get a feel for the ease of making these with me.




First I melted two tablespoons of "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" with the Bag A of dark chocolate disks.  I did this at 80% of my big microwave, stirring at 30 second intervals, with about 2.5 minutes in total to get it all melted and stirred up.






Then I added the cookie mix itself which you can see had flour, sugars, all those sorts of necessary cookie components but also fairly large pieces of walnuts.  I mixed it in by hand until everything was chocolaty and thick.







I added about 1/2 an "egg" between stirring of that mixture which resulted in a much shinier and less dense product.

Finally I stirred in the Bag B of the dark chocolate disks, making sure the pieces were well covered but not melting.



I put 11 scoops of batter onto the parchment paper lined cookie sheets and let them set for 10 minutes as directed.

Then I baked them for the maximum time of 15 minutes.  The bottom rack was down so I set it out to cool but over estimated how long it would take the top rack to finish once I moved it down.  Probably should not have moved it down at all.

However I think they looked great and they certainly smelled wonderful.  I made sure I labeled the cookie jar I placed them in to tell my husband, our Milk Chocolate Acolyte, that there were tree nuts in these cookies.  That's OK because I made another type of cookie as well as we sampled another Offering we were sent for another review you'll see soon, Sisters and Brothers.


Finals Results: They are amazing!  They have a lightly crisp top and bottom, even the none burnt ones (again my fault) but inside they are soft and have the texture of fudgy brownies.  The walnuts are crunchy and have that wonderful unique flavor which makes them my favorite tree nut.  Even the discs are still findable though mostly melted when a bite hits an extra chocolaty pocket.  But better than all of this is the fact that they sate my desire for something sweet and chocolaty with one cookie.  Concerns about over indulging in one seating or at a time flees as I'm grinning with just one.

Once more King Arthur Flour has provided us with a worthy Sacrament for Chocolate in their Mudslide Cookie Mix.  Now let me grant you all, Sisters and Brothers, if your mouths are hanging open when you check out the price.  Remember this is an employee owned company right here in America giving good American jobs and that these are indeed quite satisfying.  If you get 12 cookies then that's just $1.15 each and you might well pay more for cookies from a bakery and those might have transfats or ingredients you don't want.  I can't tell you what to do with your money and I'm not a fool, I know we have to spend our money wisely but as a gift or for a special occasion this might be perfect.

4 comments:

briarrose said...

Yummmy giant cookies.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

They were indeed quite large, briarrose. Thanks for reading and commenting.

sabellak said...

OMG! I just searched for the ingredient list and they are dairy-free, provided they are made with DF margarine! A box of these is definitely in my future.

TheChocolatePriestess said...

That is awesome, sabellak. I know they were wonderfully dark chocolate tasting.