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Posted on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 10:45 a.m.

Krispy Kreme chocolate chip cookies a decadent way to get ready for Passover

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

I respect the spirit of the law at Passover, although I don't feel bound by the letter of the law.

I'll be going to a cherished friend's house for a Seder on the first night of the eight-day holiday, and bringing Chocolate Caramel Matzah made with my own handmade matzah.  I

'll be going to another priceless friend's house for the second night's Seder, and respecting her Orthodox parents by masquerading as a normal person who doesn't take pictures of everything she eats (since photography is forbidden).

My traditions include eating far too many Manischewitz almond macaroons from a can, one of my favorite guilty pleasures; they're only available this time of year, so I have to get my quota in!  And I don't eat bread, a leavened product that is not permissible during Passover, but that's primarily because I don't eat much bread anyway — that part of the proceedings is easy for me.

But I don't rid my home of all the forbidden foods (pasta, cakes, cookies, flour, lentils, corn, and many more).  I use my regular ol' dishes and cookware, rather than having extra sets just for Passover that haven't been touched by the verboten items and thus are acceptable.  I don't prepare baked goods with matzah cake meal, which tends to make them heavy and dense; I generally just don't bake at all at this time.

Many of my friends, however, are observant and keep kosher; they have been busy cleaning their homes and preparing for the holiday by removing all forbidden items. Using up the chametz [HAH-mets] — leavened products and other items that, according to Jewish law, Jews may not possess during Passover — is a time-honored tradition.  Just as Catholics indulge before Lent by using up butter, sugar, eggs, and other goodies before a time of abstinence in preparation for Easter, Jews must get rid of the chametz.

And so, rather than just offering a recipe for bread pudding or French toast — not that there's anything wrong with them! — I thought I'd suggest a bit of novelty today. I found myself with leftover Krispy Kreme doughnuts after making hedonistic sandwiches while participating in Project PB&J.  So I baked cookies that will help your household to finish off flour, baking soda, and even doughnuts if you have them.  (And if you don't happen to have any on hand, it might be worth buying a few just for this recipe!)

These are rich and decadent in addition to serving a higher purpose in helping to rid the household of soon-to-be-forbidden foods. Who said you can't have fun while obeying the law?

Krispy Kreme Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup shortening, at room temperature
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups crumbled Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts (4 doughnuts)
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly grease a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, brown sugar, and vanilla.  Stir in the egg, salt, and baking soda.  Stir in the flour, cocoa powder, and the crumbled doughnuts.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop batter by generous tablespoonsful onto the prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 12 minutes until cookies are slightly firm, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

Makes 48 cookies.

Here are a few other recipes to help you, if you're still searching for ways to use up chametz:

Raspberry Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Asparagus Bread Pudding

Strawberry Jam Muffins

Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Muffins

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Peanut Butter Pancakes with Nutella Sauce

Peanut Butter No-Bake Treats

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Mary Bilyeu writes about her adventures in the kitchen - making dinner, celebrating holidays, entering cooking contests ... whatever strikes her fancy. She is also on a mission to find great deals for her Frugal Floozie Friday posts, seeking fabulous food at restaurants on the limited budget of only $5 per person. Feel free to email her with questions or comments or suggestions:

You should also visit Mary's blog — Food Floozie — on which she enthuses and effuses over all things food-related.

The phrase "You Should Only Be Happy" (written in Hebrew on the stone pictured in this post) comes from Deuteronomy 16:15 and is a wish for all her readers - when you come to visit here, may you always be happy.



Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 7:04 p.m.

Oh man, Mary! I always love your recipes - Krispy Kreme PB&J totally included - but this one takes the cake. Somehow I'm going to have to resist eating the entire box of Krispy Kremes so that I can try out these cookies. (Do you let the doughnuts dry out a little before you crumble them, or do you just rip them apart while they're still moist and pillowy? mmm...) My friends back home in NC are really enjoying your recipe too :)

Mary Bilyeu

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 7:23 p.m.

You are so sweet - no pun intended! The Krispy Kremes were losing a bit of their luster, but couldn't quite qualify yet as "stale." It's not often that doughnuts are left over, but it's worth reserving a couple for this purpose - these cookies were really, really good!


Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

Again with the Krispy Kreme! Maybe you could put together a cookbook. :^)

Mary Bilyeu

Tue, Apr 3, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

I had to use them up! I hate to waste food ... and everyone loved the cookies ... :)