MONSTER ChoCo Squares

We don’t do Halloween, but we have our own monsters. One of them is world famous. You see his heavy footprints throughout the world literature and arts, from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to The X- Files.  You hear his eerie voice in Karel Capek’s R.U.R., where the word “robot” comes from, in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, recognizable as Gollumand in Issac Bashevis Singer’s The Golem which actually relates the old legend (or at least one of them). Leonard Nimoy describes the creation of this monster:

It is said that Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Maharalof Prague created a golem out of clay to protect the Jewish community from Blood Libel and to help out doing physical labor, since golems are very strong. Upon the Maharal’s demise, in 1609, the golem no longer functioned, thus it was stored in the attic of the Maharal’s Synagogue, known as the famous Staronova (Old-New) Synagoga of Prague and considered one of the most remarkable synagogues in Europe.

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Today, it is still a functioning synagogue with a lively and vibrant community. Tours are conducted at the times free of services, of course, but the attic is off limits! My son, who visited it a few months ago, was told that, even though the golem now is just a huge lifeless lump of clay, during the World War II some Nazi soldiers attempted to search the attic for hidden treasures and came out stark raving mad.

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Since we are not nearly as holy and powerful as the Maharal of Prague, we’ll make our own monsters of spelt and whole wheat flour, rather than clay. To sweeten them, we’ll use light brown sugar and cinnamon, and to make them livelier, we’ll give them some coffee, walnuts, and a pinch of baking powder.

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Let me remind you of my Rules of Dessert:

Rule # 1. If it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert.

Rule # 2. The more chocolate, the better.

Both cocoa powder and chocolate chips are here, supported by Smart Balance, an egg (or a substitute, if you want to make it vegan), and vanilla. Just a splash of apple cider vinegar helps to make the monster cookies lighter.

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Just like everything else, you mix your dry ingredients first, then introduce the wet ingredients. Don’t forget to grind your coffee beans to powdery espresso consistency! Mix it up and spoon onto a greased baking sheet, leaving about 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) between spoonfuls. Don’t worry about shaping them, as they will flatten down and spread sideways anyway, as you bake them. In about ten minutes, pull them out and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Bake for five more minutes or until soft but not sticky to the touch. Break into individual squares as soon as they have cooled off enough not to burn your fingers.

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Here are my Chocolate Coffee ChoCo Monsters. They might look ugly – what do you expect from monsters, after all? – but they are very friendly to your tummy and totally scrumptious!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup  white spelt flour
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon espresso ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Smart Balance or any butter substitute of your choice
  • 1 egg or substitute
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • A splash of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons coconut milk, if needed

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Mix whole wheat flour, spelt flour, brown sugar, ground coffee, cinnamon, baking powder, chocolate chips and chopped walnuts.
  • Whisk egg with Smart Balance, vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, and salt. Gradually add to dry ingredients, mix thoroughly to avoid lumps. If the batter is too thick, add some coconut milk.
  • Spoon onto baking sheet, leaving 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) between spoonfuls.
  • Bake for 10 minutes, sprinkle with cocoa powder, and bake for 5 more minutes or until soft but not sticky to touch.
  • Remove, cool slightly, and break into squares.

Enjoy!

 

 

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16 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful post 🙂 and best cookie recipe EVER!!

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    1. Thank you so much – glad you like it!

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  2. joliesattic says:

    Wow! with coffee beans? That sounds like something that could put me on top of
    the rafters. LOL

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    1. Well, you have to grind them first, and then enjoy the view from the top of the rafters!

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  3. crazykatya says:

    I loved learning about the history of the golem! Also, these treats sound delicious and I am going to have to add them to my holiday recipe list. Thank you so much for such a wonderful post!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words – I am glad you like it!

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  4. feistyfroggy says:

    These look wonderful! This was another very interesting post with the Jewish history/Golem. BTW, my family doesn’t do Halloween either.

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    1. Thank you! I don’t think I had more than a few minutes to look at them since my own Cookie Monster (my husband) kept eating while I kept looking!

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      1. feistyfroggy says:

        I bet they were snatched right off the cooling rack!

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  5. I’d eat the whole pan. Are you hoping to publish a cookbook?

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