Rounding out the ingredient list were some chopped nuts and raisins. I went with salted peanuts and instead of raisins, I went with a medley of dried cherries, blueberries and strawberries from Trader Joe's:This berry medley is really delicious and a staple in my pantry! I've mixed them into greek yogurt or oatmeal, used them as a salad topping, or eaten them right out of the bag. This is the first time that I actually used these dried berries in a recipe.
As I combined the ingredients, it was apparent to me that this was a bowl of chocolate, dried fruit and nuts with barely enough brownie-like dough to bind the ingredients together. The just mixed dough was a little moist and sticky, so I thought a little refrigeration would help it. Instead, I ended up with petrified cookie dough:
Okay, the dough didn't look too appetizing, but I assumed that these would look really delicious after they baked off. Well, I assumed incorrectly:
Okay, okay...these look a little homely. It's the taste that matters, right? These cookies went with my DH to his work, and I was told that these were snatched up in a split second by his co-workers. He said that the cookies received rave reviews and he also agreed that they were intensely chocolatey and delicious.
My thoughts? To me, this was a case of "too much of a good thing". I love the taste of the add-ins individually, but when combined into one cookie, it was a little overwhelming. Oh well, to each their own!