David Maddison

David's recipes: Moose Turd Cookies

These are cocoa-rich, intense cookies that aren't too sweet. They can be modified in many different ways.

They are so-named because an early batch of these cookies looked rather like their name sake.


A Moose Turd


Cream together
		  12 tbsp softened butter (1.5 sticks) 
		  1/3 cup brown sugar
		  1/3 cup dark brown molasses
Mix in
		  1 egg
		  2 tsp vanilla
		  4-5 oz dark chocolate (best with a high cocoa content, e.g. 70%) (melted)
		  1 tbsp Triple Sec or Grand Marnier (optional)
		  2 tbsp black cocoa
		  1 tbsp normal cocoa
Once this is well mixed, add
		  1 mashed banana
		  1/2 cup dried zante currants  (raisins can be used instead)
Slowly fold in until mixed
		  1 1/2 cups flour
		  pinch of salt

Cook in a 300-350 F oven for 8-9 minutes. They are easy to overcook, as the batter is so dark it is hard to tell if the bottoms have become burnt.


Moooooose Turds

This variant has simple cheesecake batter swirled in. The ones pictured had normal cocoa rather than the black cocoa.

mooooose turds


Dragon Turds

Place a small, fresh chiltepin pepper on the top of each cookie before baking.

dragon turds

Mexican Moose Turds

Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper as well as 1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds to the batter.


Reindeer Turds

Sprinkle with green and red.

reindeer turd


Notes on ingredients:

black cocoa powder: This is the black cocoa they use to make some cookies so dark. You can get it from King Arthur Flour. If you don't have black cocoa powder, you can substitute regular cocoa powder as an acceptable, but less-than-ideal alternative.

©2006 David R. Maddison