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 Isaac Bashevis Singer’s The Golem which actually relates the old legend (or at least one of them).

It is said that Rabbi Judah Loew ben Bezalel, the Maharal of 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 some time 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.

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!

76 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    I like the look of your monsters

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, dear Sheree!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Viv!

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      1. Chocoviv says:

        You’re welcome 😇

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  2. CarolCooks2 says:

    These sound yummy monsters…definitely one to try 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol! More “monstrous” posts coming up.

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  3. Garfield Hug says:

    I like your rule – it is it not chocolate, it is not dessert!!! Yaay!

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    1. Thank you so much, darling!

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  4. SAM VOELKER says:

    Oh, as usual, a good history lesson about a subject completely new to my knowledge. Then something that, for a change, I actually have all the ingredients to bake, except for the coconut milk which I find I do not need unless the dough is too thick. Thanks, I will be thinking about you when I re-read the history lesson, while eating what looks like great cookies (and milk). Again you found my weakness.

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    1. Thank you so much for a lovely comment, Sam! Enjoy the cookies!

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  5. A fascinating story well told in the video

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    1. Thank you very much, Derrick. As you would imagine, I grew up on this story, among many others.

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  6. Love the free-form aspect of these! Oh, love the chocolate too…

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dorothy! They are Monsters; when you don’t look, they take any form they want…

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  7. purpleslob says:

    Monster taste, I’m sure!!

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    1. Oh yes! I wish I could send you some, dear purple person!

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  8. Nothing scary about these, yummy! I like the addition of espresso!

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    1. Espresso makes chocolate more chocolaty. Thank you so much, dear Tiffany; I am so glad you like it!

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  9. Chocolate and coffee is such a great combination. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Ronit; your approval means a lot to me!

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  10. These sound very nice, Dolly.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Roberta.

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  11. ShiraDest says:

    Neato! I love your ‘retooling’ of the Golem (and it never even occurred to me to match Golum of LoR to the golem of Prague!)!
    Have you read the book, The DJinni and the Golem? Excellent story!
    B’teavon!

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    1. No I haven’t, and will rectify my ignorance right away. I didn’t come up with Golem – Gollum connection; quite a few Tolkien researchers did. They claim that it’s where Tolkien got the name, even though the character is, of course, vastly different.
      Be well, stay safe!

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      1. ShiraDest says:

        I read it (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15819028-the-golem-and-the-jinni?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=AhRqFqRGuV&rank=1) last year, but lost my notes, and plan to write my review as soon as I find them (and finish outlining my Wip, write my Rough Draft, finish November’s scheduled posts…)
        Safe Air Hugs to you, Dolly, and to your family, especially little Shira!
        L’Shalom,
        Shira

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      2. Thank you so much for the link. Always to many things to do, aren’t there?
        Be well and stay safe, dear Shira!
        L’Shalom!

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      3. ShiraDest says:

        Yup! I just hope some of them make a difference for someone else in this world!
        Many thanks for your thoughts and replies, Dolly, and I do hope to stay ‘in touch’ here
        Take care, and be safe!
        Much love from San Diego,
        l’Shalom (Kulanu)
        Shira

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      4. Ah, you are on the other end of geography. How are things there, lockdowns, restrictions, schools, etc.?

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      5. ShiraDest says:

        Well, we’ve got mask and distancing requirements, which many people are ignoring, and restaurants are open with distancing, some indoors but most only outdoor seating, I believe, and I see many people apparently ignoring the stay home recommendation. I have no idea about schools. It appears that the more conservative areas to the east are having flare ups (these are working class incorporated towns that make me nervous to walk through because it feels like rural MD again…), but the city, as far as I know, is apparently doing reasonable ok.

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      6. Almost like here, but too many people are ignoring safety rules and procedures. I am teaching online, excepted from classroom due to age, and I am grateful – would not go into a classroom. Meanwhile, kids and teachers are getting sick.

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      7. ShiraDest says:

        This situation is insane…

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  12. I would love these, but they are too tempting for me.

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    1. You can always substitute for no sugar or less carbs ingredients, Susie.

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      1. No way. I have one piece of good chocolate. I like quality, not quantity. I would have to make a quarter of your recipe 🍫

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      2. A piece of good chocolate is to be treasured! Regular dark chocolate chips or even carb chips will do just fine.

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      3. I meant carob chips, sorry.

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  13. unclerave says:

    Awesome looking monsters, KKK! My daughter would agree, if it’s not chocolate it’s not dessert! My sweet tooth allows for much more diversity. — YUR

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment, darling!

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  14. Monstrously good, of course!

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    1. LOL Thank you so much, dear Mimi! Stay tuned, more monsters coming up…

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  15. Fantastic in remebrance on the Gollum. Thank you for remembering me on visiting Prague, as soon as possible. Its only 130 km away from here, but by train it takes over nine hours. Michael

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    1. How does this train go – through Scandinavia? It’s 2 hours at the most.
      Although I once took Eurostar from Brussels to Paris, and it also took 10 hours – who knows why!
      Be well and stay safe, Michael.

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      1. Not directly over Scandinavia. But our politicans here in Bavaria are not very lovely to the Czech government. They think there are not payed bills from the WWII (former expelled from the so called “Sudetenland”). So getting to Czechia by public transportation, one has to take a longer trip to Nueremberg, and from there back to the border at Schirnding, to Cheb. From Cheb (CZ) to Prague. All at once at least seven to nine hours. Stay save too, Dolly, but dont forget enjoying the weekend! Michael

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      2. That was a joke, but I see that it is a roundabout way. Geopolitics is not a pleasant issue.
        You too, enjoy your weekend, Michael.

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      3. Thats true, Dolly! I hope sometimes we here also ill overcome the resentiments. With the leaving of two US garnisons from here to Poland, this could be much more difficult. However, we have to deal with. Have a beautiful weekend too, Dolly! Enjoy FL! Here the try to sell the sourroundings of a carp pond as beach. Lol

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      4. At least some water, even if it’s not the real beach. I swim with dolphins, you swim with carps.
        Be well and stay safe, dear friend.

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  16. I love the entertaining read and the festive and delicious monster invite! ❤️☕️☕️🍂

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    1. Thank you so much, darling! Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Lulu: “Our Dada says he’s right there with you about the chocolate! But I gather that means none for me, so I guess I’ll have to content myself with fish skins or something …”

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    1. Dear Lulu, we feel for you! We also get no chocolate because Mama say that chocolate is not good for cats and dogs.
      Barmalei: I wonder who told her that – I didn’t!
      Meows and Purrs from The Cat Gang.

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  18. Patty L. Fletcher says:

    Reblogged this on Campbells World.

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, dear Patty.

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      1. Patty L. Fletcher says:

        You are most welcome. My pleasure. I noticed that you were reading and liking some of my work and when I start seeing that I always go and investigate the blogger and see if there is something on their blog that I might like to share. And I am absolutely in 100% agreement with your rule that if it is not chocolate it is not dessert. Well when I read that, I just knew that it was something that should be on my blog.

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      2. I truly appreciate your interest and your sharing, dear Patty!

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  19. 15andmeowing says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I like your rules. 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, darling! Chocolate rules!

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  20. -Eugenia says:

    I love your backstory, Dolly! And those monsters look yummy!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Eugenia!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend!

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  21. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    GOOD HOLDOVER FROM HALLOWEEN! YUM!

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    1. Thank you so much for reblogging, Jonathan!

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      1. I’M A FAN OF CHOCOLATE CHIPS! ❤

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      2. I wish I could make some of these monsters for you, dear friend!

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      3. THANKS FOR THE THOUGHT! ❤

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      4. Coming from the heart! 😻

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