04 October, 2013

Oscar and his Italian Chocolate Cookies (dammit, why can't they be called biscuits anymore?)

We came across this recipe in the Irish Times Magazine (28/9/13) and decided to make these instead of Brownies (yeah, mainly because I had no Cocoa Powder either, bad mammy).

To make these you will need:

250g dark chocolate
Another 175g dark chocolate chopped (I used milk chocolate as felt they would be rich enough)
50g butter at room temperature
125g granulated sugar
25g demerara sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract (I went to the cupboard and there was none to be found so didn't use it!)
60g flour
1 good tsp of baking powder 
Pinch of salt
Icing sugar to garnish

Then you:

  • Preheat the oven to 180c/gas 4
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Melt the 250g of dark chocolate in a bowl sitting over a pan of simmering water.
  • Beat the butter and granulated sugar until light and fluffy and then add the demerara sugar, eggs and vanilla extract (if you have it).  Continue to beat.
  • Pour in the melted chocolate and whisk until smooth.
  • Fold in the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • At this stage you want the mixture to be lukewarm (if, like me, your butter wasn't at room temperature when you decided to make these biscuits you'll find the chocolate has long since cooled to a lukewarm temp by the time you get your rock hard butter to the 'light and fluffy' stage) so that when you fold in the chopped chocolate it won't melt.
  • Spoon dessertspoon sized blobs on to the trays, leaving a bit of a gap in between.
  • Bake for 10 - 12 minutes (took 12 in our oven).
  • They will be quite soft but will harden slightly as they cool and will remain gooey in the centre.
  • Dust with icing sugar when cold.
  • Make a cup of tea, turn back on trashed kitchen and try not to choke as you wolf down these gorgeous biscuits.
Next time we make these I'm going to use orange in them as I imagine it will be lovely.  Might also try and remember to buy vanilla extract next time Himself is at the supermarket too.

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