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    Fair-trade chocolate challenge

    Fair trade milk chocolate chunk,white chip and pecan cookies


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Twelve-year-old McKenzie Wilkins, of Pacific Palisades, California, felt very bad when she learned that kids her age are treated as slaves. While the Wilkins family used to buy fair trade chocolate occasionally, they found it too expensive. Through this project they have discovered reasonable and delicious chocolate bars from Trader Joes.
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    We wanted to make fudge, but were not able to as we could not find any fair trade bakers chocolate. So we thought fair trade chocolate chips would be easy. No, there were no fair trade chocolate chips at 4 local grocery stores, and we finally found a bag at Whole Foods. When we got home the chips were just "ok", and there were several big chunks of chocolate melted in the bag, as if it had gotten too hot and melted together. Yuck. We finally settled on fair trade chocolate bars from Traders Joes from Belgium, broken into little pieces. We used mild chocolate, but you could also use dark. Here is our recipe:

    2 and 1/4 cups flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
    1 cup brown sugar, packed firm
    1/2 cup white sugar
    2 tsp vanilla
    2 eggs
    1 cup white chocolate chips (the ones from the food store that are not really chocolate)
    1 cup fair trade chocolate bar broken into small pieces
    (we had two chocolate bars, 3.5 ounces each, and this was more than 1 cup)
    1 cup chopped pecans

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees, Stir flour, baking soda and salt together in one dish. In separate larger bowl cream butter and both types of sugar at medium speed with a mixer (or by hand with a fork) until creamy. Add vanilla and eggs mixing slowly (or low speed) until blended in. Add dry mixture in to creamy mixture a little at a time. Finally add in white chips and chocolate chunks and pecans. Drop by tablespoon on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!

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