Soulful Sunday: darkest chocolate cookies

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:

Ingredients:

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)

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line 2 baking sheets with baking parchment.
  3. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract until pale and fluffy.  I use an electric whisk.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. Cut out with a 5cm round cutter.  Or novelty cutters, if you prefer!
  7. 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.

I invite fellow bloggers to share a post about what is making them feel warm and fuzzy this Sunday.  It might be a way of reaching out to someone who needs a little nurturing, to feel connected with this rather wonderful universe we live in.

To add your blog post, copy the URL into the comments section below (click on “add yours”.  Or just read the other posts that are in the comments sections, to discover what is making other bloggers feel soulful this Sunday.

Thank you for visiting, and let me know what you think of the cookies!

38 Comments Add yours

  1. annpappas says:

    Those look amazing 🙂

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    1. Ali says:

      They are my favourite little home-baked treat, Ann!

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  2. What a wonderful treat! The pictures are delightful!

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  3. Your cookies look very delicious, Ali 🙂

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    1. Ali says:

      I can confirm they taste even better!

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  4. restlessjo says:

    What a nice idea is Soulful Sunday! I’ll try to join you sometime but I’m always busy getting my Monday walk ready and just don’t have time to answer comments as well. Daren’t show these to my husband. He’d have me parcelled off to the kitchen before I could blink. 🙂 🙂

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    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Jo. Can you leave the recipe with him?

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Ha! He can just about turn the oven on. 🙂 🙂

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  5. Emma Cownie says:

    They look delicious. My problem with cakes and cookies is that I eat them. So I try not to cook them too often.

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    1. Ali says:

      We christened these ‘crack’ biscuits – there’s something about them that is very addictive. We have to have a 2 cookie rule and hide them from ourselves!

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  6. fredgardener says:

    Will try ! Thanks..😋

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    1. Ali says:

      Nervous about French gourmand’s Judgement!

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  7. These look divine. I am a big Nigel Slater fan. I love the dramatization of his life Toast. 🌼

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    1. Ali says:

      I haven’t seen the dramatisation, but I utterly loved the book. Must look out for the dramatisation.

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      1. It is brilliant.🌼

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  8. Nicky says:

    It’s taken me a week but here’s my Soulful Sunday post that I’ve been thinking about since last Sunday! https://beesandbutterflies.co.uk/2018/03/11/soulful-sunday-my-seaside-sanctuary/
    Can’t wait to try out the cookies!

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    1. Ali says:

      Love your post and love your blog, Nicky. I think we have lots in common!

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      1. Nicky says:

        Thank you again Ali. And, I thought exactly the same when I came across your blog!

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  9. Mala Burt says:

    These look fabulous. I’ll do the conversion and bake a batch.

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    1. Ali says:

      Ah! Are you in cups?

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      1. Mala Burt says:

        yes. and Farenheit in the oven.
        Here’s what I came up with the ingredients that needed conversion. It’s not exact, but should work. I usually try and bake gluten free because of my husband, so will try these and let you know how they turn out.
        1/2 cup butter
        1/2 cup sugar
        2/3 cup flour
        6 tsp cocoa powder
        1/4 cup chopped chocolate

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      2. Ali says:

        Thank you Mala! That might be useful for others too!

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  10. Laura says:

    Yummy!

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  11. These cookies look so yummy! 😍 For sure these won’t last long at our household too.

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    1. Ali says:

      I’m very happy to share them! Hope you enjoy!

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  12. jjspina says:

    These look delicious! I can’t to make them! I love dark chocolate! Thanks for sharing! Yum! 🍫 🍪

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    1. Ali says:

      These are definitely for you, then. X

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  13. My soul sings when I have access to chocolate this delicious looking. 🙂

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    1. Ali says:

      Love it! My soul must be an opera singer!

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