19 Jul 2009

ULTIMATE chocolate cookies

It was decided on Friday that the seven of us accelerated accounting students would conduct some sort of 'tea party' (I didn't come up with the idea by the way). So each of us was in charge of making some sort of dessert or baked goods. With 2 guys and 5 girls, I wonder how it will be tomorrow...

Here's what the six are making:
T - marble cake
D - custard puffs
C - eclairs
J - chocolate filled muffins
(he cheated, got his sister to make them with box mix)

J - nothing
T - nothing

Edit: In the end, we all got gg-ed eating so much sweets in the morning. Wanted to try T's marble cake but was too full.

I wanted to make cake, but since T was already doing it, I didn't want to do it. So I decided to make cookies. Something that I want to make and testing the temperatures on my oven when baking cookies since I ALWAYS burn the bottoms. Well turned down the oven temperature by 30 degrees and it works REALLY well. I now have more confidence in baking cookies :)

In the end, I reckon these cookies are very similar to the ones they sell in Coles in the round plastic containers. Only mine were slightly crunchy then the ones they have in Coles. The cookies were tasty though...I thought the cookies would be bitter since the recipe states chocolate with 70% cocoa solids. But the amount of sugar and the rest of the ingredients helped balance out the flavour. :)

Talk no more and here's the recipe, BIG thanks to Nigella. Now I don't need to buy the cookies from Coles anymore. (^_^)

Edit: Managed to complete 5/6 recipes planned :)

ULTIMATE chocolate cookies
adapted from Nigella Lawson's totally chocolate chocolate chip cookies
later edited by me

150 degrees Celsius
fan forced

makes 27
  • 125 grams dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
  • 150 grams plain flour, sifted
  • 30 grams dutch process cocoa, sifted
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda, sifted
  • pinch of salt
  • 125 grams margarine
  • 75 grams light brown sugar
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cold egg
  • 3/4 cups dark chocolate chips
1. Break up the chocolate and melt in a double boiler. When chocolate is melted, leave to cool.

2. Cream the margarine and sugars until light and fluffy.

3. Add the melted chocolate and mix it into the creamed mixture.

4. Add in the cold egg and vanilla essence. Mix to combine.

5. Mix the sifted flour, cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and salt into the creamed mixture.

6. Stir in the chocolate chips.

7. Spoon tablespoons of mounds onto a lined baking tray.
8. Bake for 18 minutes.
9. Leave to cool on a cooling rack. Cookies will firm upon cooling.