Cookies for Helen.

March 21, 2010

We had a fab lunch with friends yesterday, albeit short and sweet due to a child emergency! A wonderful lasagna was cooked by my dear friend Helen, it’s just what we needed on a wet and cold Saturday lunch time, comfort food at its best. I brought along a box of homemade chocolate orange cookies as a token of friendship, nothing exudes love like baked goods. So as promised to Hels here’s the recipe.

You will need

150g golden caster sugar

100g butter or butter like spread

1 egg

150g plain flour

40g Cocoa powder

half a bar of very very dark chocolate (one of those big bars)

grated peel of one large orange

pre heat the oven to 180c

  • cream the butter and sugar together with a spoon until light pale and smooth.
  • crack the egg in the bowl and beat quickly into the creamed mixture until combined.
  • weigh out the flour and cocoa powder and stir together, now fold in gradually to your sugar/butter/egg mix.
  • It will stiffen up into a very thick gooey consistency, now with the chocolate still in the wrapper beat it with a rolling-pin/heavy book, I use a hammer until it’s all shattered into little chunks.
  • fold the chocolate bits into the dough evenly and the finely grated orange peel.
  • using a tablespoon scoop up a ball and drop the ball onto a greased baking tray or on grease proof paper lined tray, space your chocolate lumps evenly apart by 3cm ish. They look like chocolate rocks!

Pop them in the oven for 10 mins they spread out a little as they melt but not too much.

Take the tray out and leave for a couple of mins for the cookies to stiffen a little, if you try to scrape them off the tray straight away they are too soft and gooey. Leave on a cooling rack, consume at your leisure but they wont make it for anymore than 24 hours in the house.

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