Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Just before Christmas it was my Husbands birthday, normally I like to surprise him with a cake, however, this year it was not going to be that simple. My toddler is not a great assistant in the kitchen and so I would need him to watch her whilst I baked. So I thought I would leave it up to him to choose what he wanted for his birthday and he chose cookies:

Ingredients

  • 200g of Plain Flour
  • 50g of Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp of Salt
  • 170g of Butter
  • 200g of Brown Sugar
  • 100g of Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 400g of White Chocolate Chunks

Double Chocolate Cookies

Method 

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C
  2. Line a baking tray with baking paper
  3. Sift the dry ingredients together and set aside
  4. In a bowl cream together the butter, brown sugar and caster sugar
  5. When smooth beat in the eggs until light and creamy
  6. Mix in the flour mixture gradually and combine together
  7. Finally add the white chocolate chunks and mix through
  8. Spoon dough onto the baking tray – I used a heaped tablespoon for each – do not flatten
  9. Make sure that each cookie is a few centimetres apart to allow for baking as they will spread
  10. Bake for around 13-15 minutes
  11. Once cooked take out of the oven and leave on the baking tray to cool

I made these and one other type of cookie, I will share that recipe next week, totally almost 70 cookies! It would have actually been quicker and easier to bake a big cake I think. Although I liked the impact of how that many cookies looked in the tin. I thought the other combination of flavours that I made would be my favourite, however I was pleasantly surprised with how these turned out, they were really delicious.

What is your favourite type of cookie? Let me know in the comments.

Chantelle x

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcake Recipe

This recipe comes from my own greediness, I have a thing for cake and I have a thing for peanut butter, so when making dinner one evening, I thought ‘oh there is nothing for dessert’ (yes before I had even eaten my dinner), so it only seemed right that I made something (because I was too lazy to go out, even for dessert) so inspired by ‘what I have on the shelf’ as usual, today’s cakes are Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Surprise and here is how I did it:

Ingredients

  • 100g of Butter
  • 50g of Brown Sugar
  • 37g of Flour
  • 25g of Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 38g of Icing Sugar
Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Surprise

Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Surprise

Method

  1. Firstly take 6 teaspoons of peanut butter and place in a ball on a plate and stick it in the freezer
  2. Then preheat the oven to 180C (Fan Oven) and place 6 cupcake cases into your cupcake tin
  3. In a bowl sift the sugar and 50g of butter and cream until smooth
  4. Then sift in the flour, 13g of cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  5. Then add the egg and whisk until smooth
  6. Pour into your cupcake cases evenly
  7. Then get your peanut butter out of the freezer and pop one ball into the centre of each of the cupcakes
  8. Place into the preheated oven for between 10-12 minutes. You can check if the cupcakes are ready by lightly touching the top to see if it springs back
  9. Get the cupcakes out and allow to cool
  10. Once cool you can prepare the frosting
  11. Sift the remaining cocoa and icing sugar into a bowl and add the last of the butter
  12. Cream together until smooth
  13. Using a palette knife, evenly ice each cupcake
  14. Finally place a whole almond on the top of each, just because it makes them look pretty!

Now obviously I knew about the surprise inside the Chocolate Cupcakes with a Peanut Butter Surprise, but the best thing about these cupcakes is not telling anyone else. The look on my husbands face when he realised there was something else inside was pretty satisfying as are the cakes!

Do you have any good ‘surprising’ recipes, if so, please link them below so I can take a look!

Chocolate Truffle Recipe

I have wanted to try making my own confectionery for a while, since watching a BBC program about it but I think I was still a little bit daunted by the task. This weekend however, my husband and I had a Saturday to ourselves (does not happen enough) so I decided it would be a fun thing for us to do together, both making and eating.

I wanted to start with one of the simpler sweets so I went for Homemade Chocolate Truffles and here is how we did it:

Ingredients

For the truffles

  • 200g of Dark Chocolate (with 70% Cocoa)
  • 200ml of Double Cream
  • 35g of Unsalted Butter

For decorating

  • Chocolate Vermicelli
  • Crushed Pistachios
  • Cocoa
  • Ground Almonds
Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Method

  1. Break the chocolate up into a bowl and set aside
  2. Put the butter and cream into a saucepan and heat gently until the butter has melted and the cream begins to simmer
  3. Then pour the cream mix over the chocolate and stir until the mixture is combined and smooth
  4. Place the mixture into the fridge and leave to cool for around 4 hours
  5. Once cool you can make your truffles
  6. To start placed all of your toppings onto plates so the truffles can be easily rolled
  7. Take a teaspoon of the mix and gently roll into a ball using your hands (you may want to wash your hands in very cold water before doing this)
  8. Then roll your truffle in your desired topping until it is well covered
  9. Then place them in a tin one by one until all of the mixture is gone
  10. I would recommend cooling them for a further 30 minutes or so as they get quite sticky when being rolled
  11. Then you can enjoy them or keep them for a friend!

These Homemade Chocolate Truffles came out amazingly! Of course they look homemade but I think that actually makes them look and taste better. The process of making them is also fun and messy and could be a great thing to do with the kids during the Christmas holidays!

I have to admit after eating the first one, I said “uh that’s too bitter” but I then also went on to eat 5 more so that tells its own story. Ans I still have half left to enjoy this afternoon!

The truffles rolled in ground almonds were the weakest as this did not really add any enhancing flavour to the truffle so I do not think I will make this one again. I will however be making them again and would like to experiment with different flavours in the truffles. Possible Orange or Baileys…

I also think I will be making them again as they make the perfect presents when wrapped up in display boxes! So friends beware… homemade truffles are coming your way!

Chocolate and Walnut Cupcake Recipe

With a friend coming over for a girls night, I basically felt obliged to make something rich, yummy and naughty. With limited resources in my kitchen and no desire to go to the shops I had to think on my feet and here is my creation: Chunky Chocolate and Walnut Cupcakes.

Ingredients

  • 100g of Butter
  • 50g of Sugar
  • 40g of Flour
  • 20g of Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp of Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1/2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 25g of Walnuts
  • 50g of Dark Chocolate
  • 40g of Icing Sugar
  • 1 tsp of Orange Essence
Chunky Chocolate and Walnut Cupcakes

Chunky Chocolate and Walnut Cupcakes

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C (Fan) and put 6 cupcake cases into your tray
  2. Sift the sugar into a bowl and add 50g of the butter and cream until smooth
  3. Then sift in the flour, 10g of the cocoa, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and mix until crumbly
  4. Then add the egg and whisk until smooth
  5. Finally add the walnuts and dark chocolate (broken into chunks) and stir
  6. Then spoon into your cupcake cases and bake for 12-15 minutes until cooked
  7. Once the cupcakes have cooled you can start on the frosting
  8. Sift the icing sugar and 10g of cocoa into a bowl and add the remaining butter
  9. Cream together then add the orange essence just before it is ready
  10. You can then use a palette knife or icing bag to decorate your cupcakes!

I do not want to brag but these Chunky Chocolate and Walnut Cupcakes were delicious, they were rich and the whole chunks of dark chocolate made them almost chewy. Perfect for an evening in, or even before and after an evening out I think.

It really does give you a great satisfaction to make up a recipe rather then using someone else’s and have it come out just perfectly. I think everyone should try this a little bit more as you might just surprise yourself!

 

Once again, I am still baking, just sucking in blogging, but if your bare with me you will keep getting new recipes to try!!