Monday, 18 June 2007

cookies for S*

* I was going to title this post ‘my name is Inne and I’m a chocoholic’ but I baked these cookies especially for S and I only ate the sorry unsightly one anyway. Plus another one, to make sure it tasted the same as the first one. And then a few more the next day, to see how the flavours had developed. Strictly for quality control purposes, really. Really!

Saturday I baked S a batch of choc chip cookies. Nothing fancy, just butter, sugar, flour and chocolate. Lots of chocolate. As I’ve mentioned before, S is very much a chocolate and vanilla kind of guy, and I thought he could do with a batch of these cookies to offset all the non-chocolate and vanilla things I make him eat so regularly.

There’s really not much to say about these cookies, except that they are extremely chocolate-y and also rather butter-y, with a crisp bite and large crumb. And they tasted even more chocolate-y the next day.

I was of course tempted to add cardamom to the cookie dough, or coffee, or maybe even some chilli flakes, but I successfully restrained myself. These cookies were for S after all. And based on the fact I saw him sneaking towards the cookie jar quite a few times and saying ‘mmmm, yummy’, licking his lips and patting his belly, methinks he liked them. Which is a good thing, because I’ve got lots of non-chocolate and vanilla recipes lined up for the next few weeks.

Very chocolate-y choc chip cookies
I searched the internet for a generic cookie recipe, tweaked it substantially and added tons of chocolate to it

100g unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
½ cup chocolate (I used a mix of cocoa nibs, plain, milk and white, which I chopped into chunks myself)

cream butter and sugar together. Add salt, flour and cocoa powder and mix until the dough resembles bread crumbs/pebbles. Add the chocolate chips and shape into a log with your hands. Wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for at least one hour. Heat oven to 160˚C, cut log into discs and bake for about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool. Enjoy.


Patricia Scarpin said...

I think it's very important to properly taste all the goods before giving them. ;-)

They look so delicious!

Helen said...

i will be anything you want, vanilla or chocolate if you make me some of these!
Look delicious!

Helen said...

Keep forgetting to ask you: could you ask your friend how much trouble it would be to get my hands on a copy of Hidemi Sugino's The Dessert Cookbook

creampuff said...


Your blog is stunning!

tammy said...

Ooooo, I just love your pics. There's nothing like a good cookie!

Inne said...

Thank you Patricia, Helen, Ivonne and Tammy for the nice comments. I can assure you a lot of love went into these cookies. They were for S after all :)

Helene, I will ask my friend if she can get hold of a copy of Sugino's book for you. Can you please give me your e-mail address? (you can e-mail me at vanillechocolat at yahoo dot co dot uk).