Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Chewy Chocolate Cookies

Baking cookies is extremely satisfying- lovely baked goods in a fairly short period of time. I have tried hundreds of recipes with differing ingredients and textures but I do love these if I have to bake a batch that is enough for several people and also they keep in an airtight container so you can make them in advance.

I got the original recipe from an American friend so the measurements are a bit different for any UK readers. I have adapted it to UK ingredients (our chocolate drops are not in the same league as the American ones).

First put 150ml melted butter, 500ml (about 2 cups) of soft brown sugar, 2 eggs and 2 tablespoons of hot water (put the kettle on and stop it just before it hits the boil) into a bowl.



Mix it together and then add 650ml (just under 2 and a half cups) plain flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda and 1 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt.


Again mix all this together with a wooden spoon bringing it together into a dough. Now at this point I added 100g mini fudge pieces and 100g white chocolate drops and 100g dark chocolate drops but you can add in what you like- caramal chunks, butterscotch chips, milk chocolate drops etc.



Again mix everything together gently so you don't damage the drops too much.


The oven should be preheated to 190 degrees C. Get a large baking sheet and line it and then drop small balls onto the sheet. I tend to get about 9 on a large sheet. Make sure you space it well since they do spread.



Put in the oven and cook for 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on them- they need to come out of the oven still slightly soft since they continue cooking and hardening as you take them out and they are supposed to be soft cookies not hard ones. As you see they do spread quite a lot.


This recipe will make several dozen cookies (depending on how big you make them). They are lovely warm out of the oven but once they are cooled they store well in an airtight container and are still amazing.



Really moreish so if you are making a batch make sure you have people lined up to share them with!

Til soon....

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