The One with the Friend Winning Cookies
Greetings, my darling readers. I hope this post greets you in good health in a time of your life where you are surrounded by warm blankets, Netflix (or other such paraphernalia), snacks to last you through winter hibernation and hopefully, cookies like I have made recently. I must apologise for the lull in posting as my life has been super busy and we girls who ate the world truly have a backlog of food photos to share but little time to write up posts that do such droolworthy food justice. Exams and whatnot…amirite?!
But blahblah…excuse…blah…let’s move on! Continuing with the theme of tooth rot and cavities (is this not the most delicious sentence starter in the world?), I’ve been meaning to share with you lovely readers a secret something I’ve held close to my chest for a while now. So freaking easy and almost foolproof, I was initially reluctant to unleash this recipe onto the blogosphere because it has become a trademark in my baking repertoire.
As a kid, I was never the brightest, sportiest or trendiest but something I took pride in was my ability to churn out indulgent triple chocolate cookies without fail, as if the very motions were encoded in my DNA. While I wasn’t the most hygienic little chef nor the most recipe-abiding, I had in me a desire to nourish (translation: FATTEN!) others and so in a way, I was able to ‘buy’ my friends with food and gain some temporary cool points (at least until my baked offerings were were scoffed into virtual oblivion). I have fond memories of these cookies and how they won me brief levity with the ‘cool kids’ at Sunday volleyball training. Oh how cherubic-faced Vic basked in the all-too-fleeting glow of chocolate-muffled grunts of praise.
Fast forward to today now and I have perfected the recipe (or at least I think I have). This recipe, like me has grown and (I’d like to think) matured, reflected in the alterations I have made. Over the years, I have halved the sugar content, added 90% Lindt chocolate to the mix and have modified it to the way that I best love cookies, fudgy, still moist and packed with white chocolate nibs and nuts.
I hope you enjoy this recipe for what it is - a friend-winning extension of me, a bridge from me to you, a digital olive branch of friendship.
Friend-winning triple chocolate cookies
(Adapted from Family Circle Cookbook)
Makes about 25
1.5 cup plain flour
¾ cup cocoa powder
¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar
180 g butter 150 g dark chocolate chopped (I used 2/3 60%, 1/3 90%)
3 eggs lightly beaten
2/3 cup milk choc chips
1 cup white choc chips
150 g chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds, macadamias - pick 2 or 3)
1. Preheat oven to 180 deg celsius. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
2. Sift flour and cocoa into a large bowl and stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre
3. Place butter and chocolate in a medium pan; stir over low heat until mixture is smooth.
This is the smooth, thickened consistency we are after!
4. Stir the butter mixture and eggs into the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
5. Stir in dark and white choc bits and nuts.
6. Drop heaped tablespoons of mixture onto prepared trays. Leave room for spreading and flatten each one slightly with your fingertips.
The recipe says to flatten slightly but the baker’s OCD in me won’t shut up unless every cookie dough disc is as circular as can be *sighs*…
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes (shorter baking time will yield a fudgier cookie). Leave the biscuits on the tray for at least 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool.
Apologies for the terrible photo quality - I am clearly not as skilled a photographer as Ange but after a fourth cookie, it simply doesn’t matter!!! The universe would be a better place if we could just eat away our sadness and inadequacies heh…but we would live much shorter and more painful lives, I’m assuming (what up, diabetes and cardiovascular disease!)… But all in moderation, my lovelies.
Until next time,