These are the cookies I make when I need a fix of really rich, dark, bitter-sweet chocolate. They are perfect when the weather is less than satisfactory and I can’t garden.
I think the recipe might originally be from Nigel Slater’s Observer food column, but as it’s torn out and stuck in my recipe scrapbook it’s hard to tell.
As you can see, there is quite a heavy reliance on dark chocolate, but vanilla extract adds warmth and sweetness too. I do think that Green and Black’s cocoa is essential here. Just look at it:
125g butter, softened
125g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
155g plain flour
30g unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
60g dark chocolate chopped finely (like chocolate chips)
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
- Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
- Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy. I use an electric whisk.
- Add all the other ingredients and squoodge together with a spatula. It will start to clump together, at which point you can get your hands in, and bring it together into one lovely lump.
- Lightly sprinkle flour on a clean work surface and roll out the dough to the depth of the chocolate chips (you will feel them through the rolling pin).
- Cut out with a 5cm round cutter. Or novelty cutters, if you prefer!
- Bake for 8-10 mins. They will come out soft, but will firm up.
This is what the finished cookies look like. If you reference back to my recipe book, they are styled rather beautifully with a glass of milk, but I would plump for a bucket of tea, or an espresso if you are looking for a really bitter edge. Sweet people need a bitter edge occasionally, to keep them real. Enjoy them guilt-free on your own, (because dark chocolate contains iron, which we need) or share them with loved ones. These ones didn’t last long.
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