Thursday, 10 January 2013

Smriti’s chocolate cookies


chocolate cookies recipe

I am not a seasoned baker. My baking skills are limited to plain chocolate or vanilla cakes, a few different types of cookies, and a rather disastrous attempt at a marbled cake. Breathe a sigh of relief, this isn’t the marbled cake recipe, but my chocolate cookies one which has never failed me. My family just waits for the moment when these come out of the oven, and after that it’s ‘Halla Bol!’ They don’t even last two weeks!
So my guess is that they are pretty good. And because I want to share the joy, here is my easy-peasy recipe for the perfect accompaniment to your cup of tea  or coffee, or for plain snacking.


What you need:

125g dark chocolate, 70%
150g plain flour
125g softened butter
75g light brown sugar, powdered
50g white sugar, powdered
30g cocoa powder, sieved
1tsp soda bicarbonate
½ tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, cold from the fridge
1 fistful pressed oats

What to do:

Preheat your oven to 170°C. Mix flour, cocoa powder, soda bicarbonate, and salt together. Melt the dark chocolate on a double boiler. Cream butter and powdered sugars till pale and fluffy.  Add melted chocolate to the butter and sugar and mix thoroughly. Beat in vanilla extract and the cold egg. Now stir in the dry ingredients, and fold them in. Keep sprinkling in the oats for even distribution. You dough is now ready.
Roll out balls of the dough and place them on your greased baking tray. Pat the balls to flatten a little, and bake for 18 to 20 minutes.
Cool the baked cookies on a wire rack, and enjoy!

chocolate cookies recipe

 The variations to this basic recipe are endless. I have added chopped walnuts, chopped cashew nuts, orange juice and zest, rose essence, and chocolate chips many times when baking these cookies and they have turned out scrumptious!
Also, keep in mind to adjust the temperature and baking time according to the size of cookies you roll out. As you can see, I make pretty large ones; the diameter is nearly 7cm!

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