Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Heartbreak Healer Cookies

I'm a huge fan of Food Network!  I love Rachel, Sandra, Paula, the Neely's and Alton, plus all the great competition shows that they have.  One of my new favorites is Ultimate Recipe Showdown.  This season was great!  Not only did all the recipes on every show look fantastic, but it was especially enjoyable since I read the blogs of three of the contestants: Emily of Visions of a Sugar Plum, Jenny of Picky Palate and Julie of Peanut Butter and Julie.  Fun!  I have a stack of recipes to try from Ultimate Recipe Showdowns and tonight I decided to try the  $25,000 winning recipe from the Dessert Show, the Heartbreak Healer cookies. 

I've never quite tasted any cookie like this before and that's a really good thing!  They are chocolate cookie with great combination of cinnamon, maple syrup and espresso.  Yum!

As usual, I made some substitutions: whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose, sugar free pancake syrup instead of pure maple and ground coffee (Triple Chocolate flavor!) instead of espresso granules.  These were what I had on hand, I figured they were close enough and really, that's just how I roll when I cook!  :)  Plus, I only had 1 cup of chocolate chips instead of the two and I baked them for an additional 2 minutes, which is typical since I'm at a high elevation.

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I think these cookies are delicious!  The combo of flavor is very unique!  I just finished baking them and I've already eaten three.  Enjoy!




All mixed together and in the "scooping" process.


Cooling on the counter.

Heartbreak Healers by Lisa RomanFood Network - Ultimate Recipe Showdown: Desserts


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons espresso granules
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chunks
  • 1 1/2 cups walnut pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine flour, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a larger mixing bowl combine brown sugar, butter, sugar, maple syrup and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  4. Add in espresso granules and eggs.
  5. Mix in dry ingredients until thoroughly combined. Stir in chocolate chunks and walnut pieces.
  6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Drop cookie dough by rounded spoonfuls onto parchment paper.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes. After baking, place cookies on a cooling rack and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Serve with milk.


  1. These look yummy! Cookies are my favorite ( I voted for cookies... Jake was a brownie voter)! I love how you substitute ingredients to make them healthier and to conform to what you have on hand.

  2. This is definitely one of those recipes I would look at and second guess. I would never think of a combination including express, maple syrup, chocolate, and cinnamon. I am glad you loved them because it encouraged me to try more flavor combinations.

  3. Those are so big and puffy!! They looks super chocolaty!!! You did a great job on the substitutions!!

  4. They look perfect. Big, moist and full of lots of chocolate.

  5. Oh yum! The cookies look fantastic!

  6. I saw these on the show and have been wanting to try them. I think that's a good flavor combination.
    PS I like how you roll when you cook. :)

    Next you should bake her babycakes!

  7. This is right up my alley with flavour combinations!! YUM!

  8. Those sound like they'd be good...very unique flavor but I bet they all mesh well together. I loove chocolate and your blog background is so cute!

  9. Yum, yum, yum! The cookies baked looks soo yummy!

  10. Yummy yummy yummy! All that chocolaty goodness is a surefire way to mend a broken heart! Thanks for sharing!


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