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Chocolate Toffee Cookies Win First Place in Radio Cookie Slam

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Abby Lovinger's Chocolate Toffee Cookies (pictured on the left) won first place in New York Public Radio's inaugural cookie slam. Abby Lovinger's Chocolate Toffee Cookies (pictured on the left) won first place in New York Public Radio's inaugural cookie slam. (Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC)

A batch of Chocolate Toffee Cookies have won New York Public Radio's inaugural cookie slam.

The cookies' baker was Abby Lovinger, who is the station's director of on-air and online fundraising. The secret winning ingredient, Lovinger said when accepting her prize (a gift certificate from Crate & Barrel), was salt.

Her cookies beat out 19 other contenders and her recipe came from the blog Smitten Kitchen.

Second place went to Morning Edition engineer Liora Noam-Kravitz for her Double Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies. Noam-Kravitz used a recipe adapted from Martha Stewart's Outrageous Chocolate Cookies.Second place went to Morning Edition engineer Liora Noam-Kravitz for her Double Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies, pictured here on the left. Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson

Katie Bishop, associate producer for Soundcheck, placed third with her Compost Cookies, pictured below on the left. (Her recipe came from the Momofuku Milk Bar recipe here.)Katie Bishop, associate producer for Soundcheck placed third with her Compost Cookies, pictured on the left.  Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson

Rex Doane (L) sits with Lovinger (R), who won first place in the cookie slam. Rex Doane and Abby Lovinger (R), who won first place in New York Public Radio's cookie slam for her Magical Salted Chocolate Almond Toffee. Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson

The judges of the cookie slam were (L to R): Manager of Analytics and Research for the station Jacob Kramer-Duffield, Executive Producer for the Leonard Lopate Show Melissa Eagan and WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman. (Herman won this year's pie-off with his Crack Pie using a Momfuku Milk Bar recipe.)

The judges were (L to R): Manager of Analytics and Research Jacob Kramer-Duffield, Executive Producer for the Leonard Lopate Show Melissa Eagan and WNYC Business Editor Charlie Herman.

WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal (L) and producer Yasmeen Khan (R) grab a few cookies from what's left of the slam.

WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal and producer Yasmeen Khan grab a few cookies from what's left of the slam. Photo by Abbie Fentress Swanson

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Here's Liora's adapted recipe for her Double Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cookies.

Ingredients:
8 ounces dark chocolate (I used 72%) roughly chopped or cubed
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
8 oz semisweet chocolate chunks
10 oz peanut butter chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Heat chopped chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl in 20-second increments, stirring between each, until almost melted; do not overheat. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.

In a mixing bowl, beat eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; beat in melted chocolate. Mix in flour mixture until just combined. Stir in chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips

Drop heaping tablespoons of dough (or use a small ice scream scoop) 2 to 3 inches apart onto baking sheets. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until cookies are shiny and crackly yet soft in center 9 minutes. transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dec. 15 2011 05:19 PM

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