My husband has a favorite cookie from his childhood called Chocolate Nut Drops. John is not a big fan of cookies, preferring salty snacks like potato chips and nuts. One night, however, he got in one of those over-powering “got to have them NOW” cookie moods that is more prone to overcome me than him. As luck would have it, his mom was out of town and he couldn’t get the recipe. For days all I heard was how much he wanted those cookies. Finally he tracked down the recipe through one of his sisters and she emailed it to us. John’s life was the perfect picture of food completion.
Fast forward 16 years (sheesh! has it been that long? Clearly it has been that long because the emailed recipe is dated Sunday, June 8, 1997). I have been in the mood for rocky road anything; cookies, brownies, ice cream, pie, cake, whatever. There is just one little glitch, however. I have that inconvenient chocolate/cocoa allergy issue that I developed a few years ago. Despite that annoyance, I still wanted rocky road something. I wanted it so much that I was even willing to use carob instead of chocolate. All I needed was a good recipe for the cookie base. Enter the Chocolate Nut Drop recipe.
The recipe lent itself beautifully to adaptation and the cookies turned out to be really fun in some unexpected ways. The marshmallows melted during the baking process, leaving behind a thin, crispy outer shell on the parts of the marshmallows which were exposed. That thin shell of marshmallow crispiness was contrasted with the soft, cake-like interior of the cookies, plus the added texture from the nuts. And the flavor? Can I just say that carob totally rocks as a chocolate replacement in this cookie?
Not allergic to chocolate? Good for you! Use cocoa powder and chocolate chips; they work great. You are going to love this cookie.
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