The sixth day of cook­ies

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE - ALI­SON GILL­MOR

THE name for this de­li­cious cookie-con­fec­tion comes from the fact that you “crack” the fi­nal prod­uct into ir­reg­u­lar pieces. But with the mayoral hi­jinks in Toronto this year, it’s hard to ig­nore the con­tem­po­rary con­no­ta­tions. This is, in fact, a highly ad­dic­tive choco­late sub­stance. I get so many cookie recipes that (sadly) I can’t use them all. Sev­eral read­ers have sent in ver­sions of this recipe in years past. I’ve al­ways hes­i­tated, partly be­cause the recipes would in­clude slightly omi­nous in­struc­tions like “Don’t even think about mak­ing this with­out alu­minium foil,” and “Boil EX­ACTLY five min­utes, and no mat­ter what hap­pens, DO NOT STOP STIR­RING.” I was half-in­trigued and halfter­ri­fied. Avril Kousof sent in a recipe this year, and I fi­nally de­cided I had to give it a try. As with many things that look daunt­ing, mak­ing choco­late crack was not that hard once I jumped in. And the re­sult, a won­der­ful fu­sion of caramel, choco­late and cookie is def­i­nitely worth it.

HIS­TORY

Brett Rogers, left, and Cliff Quinn take a trip back in time to the 19th cen­tury, but fail to mine any gold on new re­al­ity se­ries.

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