Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These cookies are never ever going to win an award at a beauty contest.

In fact numerous farm yard references have been made about them -  but when people finally finish commenting and actually take a bite they suddenly realise that appearances don't matter and it's whats on the inside that counts! - blimey I'm sounding like some American sitcom from the 80's! Do you remember different stokes - always with the moral!

Anyway back to the I said nothing to look at but the flavour of these guys - wow!

These cookies are light and soft and very very morish - they don't last very long in our house and they are excellent sandwiched together with a little raspberry or black cherry jam along with some ice-cream for a quick pudding - and Andrew has even been known to dunk them in a little double cream.

Recipe - Makes 12 large cookies

300g dark chocolate (the darkest you can get)
40g butter
2 eggs
150g caster sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
25g plain flour
a little baking powder (approx 1/4 teaspoon)

Preheat oven 180C /gas 6

Start by breaking up the chocolate into chunks and place in a heavy bottomed saucepan along with the butter. Place over a very low heat to allow it all to melt.

Whilst the chocolate is melting place the eggs, vanilla and sugar into a electric mixing bowl and whisk for 15 minutes.

 It starts off like this and .......

Ends like this - all pale and fluffy.....

Whilst your eggs are mixing away you need to tend to your melting chocolate. Keep it moving so it doesn't burn on the bottom and slowly beat the melting butter into the chocolate. Once all melted set aside to cool.

Now back with the fluffy eggs - sift the flour and baking powder in.....

And then blob in all your chocolate - the chocolate needs to have cooled a little but don't worry if it's warm - it mustn't be hot though.

Set your mixer to a low setting and fold the chocolate and flour into the eggs - be careful not to beat our the air.

Spoon tablespoons of the mixture onto lined baking sheets and bake in the oven for 8 -10 minutes where they will puff up and crack.

Allow the cookies to cool on the trays and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before packing into cookie jars - if you can get them to last that long!

Have a great day

 Brownie Cookies