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“Twisted Tollhouse” Shaved Chocolate Cookies

by Laura on April 4, 2013

"Twisted Tollhouse" Shaved Chocolate Cookies

OK I joined yet another blogging group, and they all post the first week of the month (or thereabouts) and they are all baked goods, so… Hope you’re in the mood for sweets!

This one is called The Leftovers Club, and it is not limited to sweets, just to items that ship well. The idea is that we as bloggers are always baking and cooking for our blogs, and we often have leftovers. So why not swap leftovers, get to know each other better, and cross promote each other as well! Getting to eat more incredible food is the icing on the cake!

Shaved Chocolate Cookie dough on cookie sheet

For my first month participating, I was partnered up with Katerina of diethood, and I chose to send the Twisted Tollhouse cookies from Kir Jensen’s The Sugar Cube: 50 Deliciously Twisted Treats from the Sweetest Little Food Cart on the Planet. The Sugar Cube is a sweets food truck in Portland, Oregon; their cookbook is a tasty collection of 50 recipes, in hardback with lots of gorgeous photos. Living east of the Mississippi, I had unsurprisingly never heard of The Sugar Cube, but my mom surprised me with the book for Christmas. And it was a great surprise! I love what I like to think of as hidden gem cookbooks.

I was immediately attracted to this recipe for The Leftover Club (although I confess I take issue with even comparing it to chocolate chip (Tollhouse) cookies–it is basically its own new creation), because I was hoping the thin, crispy-chewy texture would stay tasty longer than your average thick drop cookie. They did not last even 3 days in my house, and John’s students loved them the next day, but Katerina told me she ate 6 upon the arrival of the cookies (day 4), so I guess they at least last 4 days! Aromatically speaking, they do have the same profile as a chocolate chip cookie (vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate), with the added nuttiness from hazelnut meal (which encourages the spreading of the cookies), but using shaved chocolate creates an entirely different experience, as the chocolate basically melds with the dough to create its own new something. I should also add that it is a great way to use up hot chocolate shavings if, like us, you stop making hot chocolate so much in the spring. 

Twisted Tollhouse Cookies

I have to apologize because I cannot tell you much about Katerina’s cookies for me (chocolate–that’s all I know!) because we had a miscommunication, and the cookies went to my house–but I am gone at various grandparent locations for spring break. But I know Katerina from BundtAMonth and plus I follow her blog, so I already know that these cookies are gonna rock! Plus they will be just what the doctor ordered this weekend, when I get home from all this traveling and John has already left for China for a week (yeah don’t get me started on that. Conference schmonference), and I arrive home to home-baked cookies. Swoon.

By the way, just out of curiosity, I have a photography question for you: do you like the orange plate or the blue plate better for these cookies?

I hope you check out everyone else’s Leftover Club creations:

Savory Simple - Quinoa Granola
Bakeaholic Mama - Amish Friendship Muffins
Damn Delicious - Cinnamon Puppy Chow
Frugal Foodie Mama - Coconut Chai Biscotti
Let’s Give Peas a Chance - Chocolate Chip & Potato Chip Cookie Bars
A Zesty Bite - Oreo Toffee Brownies
Sugar Dish Me - Chocolate Cake Cookies
Eats Well With Others - White Chocolate Blondies
Kelly Bakes - Lemon Thyme Shortbread
Food n’ Focus - English Muffin Bread
omeletta – Whiskey Lemon Bars
Domestic Fits – Sriracha Caramel Corn

Don’t you wish you could enjoy some of these leftovers with us? You can!  Visit The Leftovers Club online for more details!

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"Twisted Tollhouse" Shaved Chocolate Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: cookies
Closely adapted from Kir Jensen.
  • 1¾ cups AP flour
  • ½ cup hazelnut meal
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t fine sea salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 10 oz shaved chocolate (I used hot chocolate, sometimes called “sipping chocolate”), preferably dark, I used ⅘ dark and ⅕ milk chocolate
  • vanilla salt for sprinkling on top
  1. Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. Beat butter until creamy. Add the sugars, and beat on high speed until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then beat in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed.
  3. Mix in ⅔ of the flour mixture gently, until mostly incorporated.
  4. Whisk together the remaining flour mixture with the chocolate shavings.
  5. Gently mix in the chocolate flour mixture until completely incorporated.
  6. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  7. When you are ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat. Scoop out 2 tablespoon balls of dough, 6 to a cookie sheet. Lightly press the balls to slightly flatten them, and sprinkle vanilla salt on each one.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes, switching the cookie sheets from top to bottom and front to back at about the 9 minute mark. The cookies are done when they have spread completely and have flattened (toward the end they will poof up a bit). Let them cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheets, before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.


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Ruthy @ omeletta April 4, 2013 at 9:10 am

Laura! These look amazing. Thinner cookies are always my favorite, I love it when they’re crispy-chewy. And the hazelnut meal is intriguing!
ps: I’m down with the blue plate over the orange :)


Heather @ Sugar Dish Me April 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

You know when I pasted in the links last night the title of this recipe snagged my attention from the second I saw it!!! Leftovers Club is sooooo fun. I haven’t gotten my cookies yet either– anxiously awaiting them!


Colleen (Souffle Bombay) April 4, 2013 at 9:42 am

I totally enjoy thin cookies, these look right up my alley! Yummmm!


Amanda @ MarocMama April 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Love chewy cookies! I like the orange plate best!


Nik@ABrownTable April 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Deliciously thin cookies, I will make these soon!


Erin B April 4, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Chocolate chip cookies are so simple, but probably the best dessert out there. I vote orange!


Susan April 5, 2013 at 1:40 am

These look wonderful! I can’t wait to try them. And I vote for the orange plate. It casts a lovely golden glow on the cookies.


Joanne April 5, 2013 at 6:31 am

It’s so hard to get thin cookies to be chewy but these look (and sound) like they seriously are…but with the perfect crispy outsides. LOVE. I think I like the blue plate better…but honestly they both look great!


Jamie Claire April 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

It’s like 8 am…and I’m craving a cookie! The rest of the day is going to be rough! This recipe looks so nice, excited to try:)


Kim April 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

These look amazing! I love the orange plate :) So warm and cozy–perfect for those decadent cookies!


Michelle @Amourbeurre April 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

These look delicious! I like the blue plate, but mainly I just love the cookies :)


grace April 6, 2013 at 7:17 am

flattest cookie ever! what a neat recipe–i think the hazelnut meal would add a great texture and flavor, for sure.


Elizabeth April 6, 2013 at 10:21 am

What a fun club! I like the blue plate the best just for contrast


ATasteOfMadness April 6, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I love thin cookies, and love shaved chocolate. This looks like something right up my alley.
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Kate@Diethood April 7, 2013 at 10:53 am

Thank you, Laura, for the insanely delicious cookies!!! I love ‘em!! :-D


All That's Left Are The Crumbs April 8, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I kind of went overboard on buying a few tins of shaved hot chocolate from a certain store so I am so happy to see a recipe where I can use up some of it. These look delicious, and I am sure that I am going to have to bake them and then package them up for someone else otherwise I will be eating more than I should.
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Laura April 8, 2013 at 10:18 pm

This makes me so happy to hear, because I have had some friends gently make fun of me for the idea that people would have extra hot chocolate shavings lying around. Good to know I am not alone! :)


jessica April 26, 2014 at 1:04 am

orange plate, bc the round shape mimics the cookie shape better and feels warmer-the kind of cozy feeling you want when looking at cookies!


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