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looking for a recipe for chocolate earthquake cookies

veggielover Dec 26, 2008 06:29 AM

I would like to recreate the chocolate earthquake cookies that they make at Sofra's Bakery in Cambridge, MA. They taste like a cross between a wonderful brownie and chocolate truffle, not too sweet. They might be called chocolate crinkles too.

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    bear RE: veggielover Dec 26, 2008 06:39 AM

    Funny coincidence, veggielover. We had a light bite at Sofra this morning, and finished up with an earthquake cookie. I'd love the recipe, too. Soooo good.

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      critter101 RE: veggielover Dec 26, 2008 09:49 AM

      I've never had chocolate earthquake cookies, but here's the original Betty Crocker recipe I use for chocolate crinkles. I like to add mini chocolate chips to this recipe. I've also used mint chocolate chips, which are great


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        Frogwoman01 RE: veggielover Feb 27, 2009 01:35 PM

        Not sure if this is the same, but the photo sure looks like. Those are my FAVORITE COOKIES!

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          ochound RE: veggielover Feb 27, 2009 02:43 PM

          Again, not exactly what you're looking for, but I like to try different cookie recipes (unfortunately!) and these remind me of the crinkle aspect of yours, since you roll them in powdered sugar- they were chewy, chocolatey, delicious- but not too sweet at all.

          "Deep Dark Chocolate Cookies" look for it on the bonappetit or epicurious website. They really are a 10!

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            veggielover RE: ochound Mar 3, 2009 08:27 AM

            Thanks, I am going to try these and get back to you.

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            meggie19802 RE: veggielover Jun 7, 2010 08:43 AM


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              veggielover RE: meggie19802 Jun 7, 2010 11:48 AM

              Thanks so much! I was just thinking about these cookies again and will try the recipe.

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              CocoaNut RE: veggielover Jun 7, 2010 09:03 AM

              I've never been to Cambridge (though would love to one day) and therefore have never eaten the cookie you refer. As a substitute until you find the real deal, a friend of mine won 1st place last year at the State Fair of TX, Ghirardelli chocolate contest for her Chocolate Earthquake Tarts.


              1. AmandaCA RE: veggielover Jul 13, 2010 05:58 PM

                Any results on those recipes veggielover?

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                  veggielover RE: AmandaCA Jul 14, 2010 01:39 PM

                  Funny, you should ask. I was just thinking that I should try one of the recipes for a party next weekend. Will let you know.

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                    AmandaCA RE: veggielover Jul 14, 2010 07:11 PM

                    Fantastic. :) I'd make them myself but I've got Orange Sugar and homemade Oreos first, plus I'm waiting for the Chewy Gingers to get eaten, lol. Thank goodness its summer and so there are lots of friends over to eat them all!

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                      veggielover RE: AmandaCA Jul 19, 2010 07:50 AM

                      I made the Betty Crocker recipe for chocolate crinkles and they didn't turn out at all like Sofra's cookies. In fact I didn't like them at all, but my daughter and son-in-law thought they were ok.

                      Another recipe that I should try is this one from the Boston Globe.

                      I didn't make them yesterday because I needed to make cookies that could be frozen and these cookies supposedly taste best warm.

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                        bear RE: veggielover Jul 19, 2010 08:46 AM

                        Forgot about that recipe. I printed it when they first published it. Sounds really good.

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                          AmandaCA RE: bear Jul 20, 2010 12:42 PM

                          I just got Martha Stewart's new cookie book and there is a recipe for chocolate crinkles in there too.

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                            howchow RE: AmandaCA Jul 20, 2010 07:20 PM

                            If it is the same recipe as the one that appeared in the martha stewart holiday cookies magazine from 05 - they are amazing! we have made them every christmas since.

                2. chef chicklet RE: veggielover Jul 20, 2010 01:45 PM

                  Here is the recipe I use, the are one of my very favorite cookies. I've never of heard them referred to as "earthquake cookies" but I can certainly see the connection! And yes if you don't overbake them, they will stay perfectly moist for several days...that is if you can keep everyone away from them! Actually I've been wanting to bake these too, just that its so doggone hot. oh well.
                  1/3 cup butter
                  4 squares chocolate (usweetened)
                  2 cups ap flour -divided
                  2 cups bakers or granulated sugar
                  4 eggs
                  2 t baking powder
                  1/2 tsp salt
                  1/2 cup walnuts or pecans - optional-me I leave them out
                  Powdered sugar to roll them in

                  In a small saucepan melt the butter and chocolate over low heat 8-10 mins
                  Cool. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate mixture, 1 cup of flour, sugar, eggs, baking powder, and salt. Beat at med speed, scrape the bowl down, mix 2-3 mins. Stir in the remaining cup of flour and the nuts. Cover and refrigerate until firm-at least 2 hours.
                  Heat oven 300F. Shape rounded teaspoonsfuls of dough into 1 inch balls and roll in powdered sugar. Place about 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet or silpat covered sheet. bake 12-15 mins judging by your oven, a few mins here and there. Remove immediately to cool on a rack and transfer to a plate.
                  makes about 4 doz. I make them larger, of course and get less.

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