Has winter arrived?? You can never be too sure in Durban. Life's tough on the East coast : )
Anyway, I was planning on posting a recipe for spicy (as promised!) orange cupcakes with white chocolate swiss meringue buttercream, but the weather today put me in the mood for snuggling under a blanket with a book and hot chocolate - which, btw, I didn't have a chance to do! - and a tall stack of choc-chip cookies.
The cookie dough in my fridge is usually all dedicated to the hundred or so biscuits that I have to bake for each class, but I had a little left over, and sweet-toothed Jack had been introduced to store-bought *shudder!* choc-chip cookies at my sister's house, and was demanding them again. So it was easy enough to whip up a batch:
Simply add some chopped-up chocolate to my basic butter biscuit recipe, and there you go....
recipe by Tea, Cake and Create
250g butter, at room temp.
300g caster sugar
2 XL eggs
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract - ( for Vanilla Girl vanilla, just 8-10 drops.)
200g dark chocolate* roughly chopped. Use a serrated knife to chop the chocolate.
1-2 TBS milk, if needed
Cream together the butter and sugar
Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on low speed. Add the vanilla.
Sift in the flour and salt.
Mix briefly, then add the chocolate chips. Mix until dough is just clumping, (if it seems too crumbly, add a dash of milk) then form into a ball by hand. Place in cling-wrap, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Roll-out and cut out cookies on a surface dusted with cornflour. (See here for some tips).
Bake at 180'C for 8-10 minutes until the edges are just starting to turn golden.
*Try other variations - nuts, raisins, cranberries, white chocolate, cranberries and white chocolate...Yum!