There was a first birthday party to attend and we thought that, in the interests of encouraging the eating of biscuits from as young an age possible, we would make chocolate chip cookies. Thing is we had plenty chocolate but no chips, plenty cocoa powder but no desire to add nuts to the mixture, so these are rather more chocolate biscuits with russian roulette bonus green & blacks chopped up bits of chocolate. It should also be borne in mind that if you bake a chocolate biscuit dough in an oven for ten minutes, there is a reasonable inevitability that the chocolate bits will melt, thus compounding the chocolate biscuitness of the whole enterprise.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Skill level: easy
- butter – 100 g
- plain flour – 175 g
- brown sugar – 75 g
- plain chocolate – 100 g – chopped
- cocoa powder – 75 g
- bicarbonate of soda – 1/2 tsp
- salt – pinch
- castor sugar – 75 g
- vanilla essence – few drops
Sift flour into a bowl. Add butter and cream the mixture. Add sugar. Add cocoa powder. Add chopped up bits of chocolate.
Taste some of the mixture and wonder if you really need to cook it. Form into little balls and place on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Dip a fork in hot water and make fork indentations on each biscuit â€“ you can temper the biscuity/cakeyness at this stage â€“ the flatter the biscuitier.
Bake at 190 C/gas mark 5 for ten minutes.
Set aside on grid to cool.
Just the one.
Well another won’t hurt, etc…
Verdict: The people liked the chocolate biscuits, that’s a FACT.
Drink: A drop of red/some beer/some rose/some Cava/watered down juice for the littluns and tea for John’s Mum.
Entertainment: Small boy child having his birthday presents opened by slightly older girl child. Then another small child driving a child’s car thing back and forth at levels of repetition only tolerated by small children.