22 December 2011

Food is my other fashion ~ Super chocolatey cookies

Don't worry,  I'm not steering away from fashion blogging. However, I do want to include more personality into what I publish, and if there's anything else I love almost as much as fashion, it has to be food. So what better time to post a couple of baking blog posts than during the Christmas holidays, where food plays such an important role in the festivities.

Today, for example, I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies topped with extra chocolate for a meet-up with my Woking friends. Thankfully, they went down exceedingly well - down into my friends' bellies. Read on to find out how I made them.

To make forty-ish chocolatey cookies...

Break up 300g milk chocolate into small chunks. Skip this step if you have bought ready-made chocolate chips.

Mix 250g softened butter with 90g caster sugar and 200g brown sugar. For greater efficiency (and to prevent achy arms), I recommend using a food processor.

Beat in 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

Sift 175g plain flour over the mixture and combine well.

Stir in the chocolate chips until they are spread evenly throughout the mixture.

Place heaped teaspoonfuls of the cookie dough onto baking sheets. You may require multiple trays to accommodate the number of cookies.

Bake each tray of cookies for 15-20 minutes at 160°C in a fan-assisted oven. Transfer to a wire rack afterwards to cool.

To make the fudge, melt 30g butter in a saucepan with 397g condensed milk (standard tin) and 300g-400g dark chocolate. Spread onto the cookies.

Bring water to near-boiling in a saucepan, then rest a glass bowl/jug on the water's surface in which to melt 300g white chocolate. When completely melted, pour the chocolate on top of the fudge with a spoon.

Finally, leave the cookies in the fridge for at least 10 minutes for the chocolate to set.

Recipe evaluation:

For me, the cookies were experimental treats, mixing elements of my Rocky Road recipe with my chocolate chip cookies recipe. The outcome, according to my tasters, suggested they were very moreish, although I personally found them to be perhaps too sweet.

Try them yourself and please leave a comment below as to your thoughts. Where would you place my super chocolatey cookies on the non-nom-nometer?

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