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Building block triple choc-chip cookies

January 24, 2013

The beginning of the story

All their life in this world and all their adventures had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on for ever: in which every chapter is better than the one before.” 
― C.S. LewisThe Last Battle

This is one of my favourite quotes from one of my favourite authors. It speaks of course of something much deeper and more important than baking and if you’ve not read any C.S.Lewis then I would urge you to. However, it popped into my head when I was trying figure out how to explain theses cookies. So, whilst it’s a tenuous link, I’m sharing it because it gives you a little insight into my brain and the internal monologue that goes on prior to writing a blog post.

These cookies smelled amazing while they were baking. They looked like they’d pack chocolatey punch. They didn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, they’re not bad cookies – they’re nice. But that’s the problem, they’re just nice – that most bland of adjectives that can equally be applied to the likes of snowpatrol, white rice and the Top Gear bond special. Enjoyable and pleasant but not something I’d fight you for (that would be Jurassic 5, custard and West Wing).

Anyway, the point is, these are nice as they are but I think that they are just the beginning of the story. This recipe could be tweaked and toned to become something very special. I’m thinking nuts, smoked salt and a lot more cocoa. So feel free to bake these as they are and you’ll get a good dunker that will go like hotcakes in the office, but I’m planning to think a bit, play a bit and come up with the real story.

Building block triple choc-chip cookies
(adapted from the M&S easy baking book)

115g butter
115g dark muscavado sugar
85g golden caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste / extract
1 tbsp milk
1 egg
145g plain flour
30g cocoa
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
lots of chopped up chocolate – white and dark

Cream the butter and sugar together until paler and fluffy.
Whisk the egg, milk and vanilla together. Gradually add to the butter and sugar mixture beating all the time.
Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and bicarb and fold together.
Stir in the chocolate chips.

Bake for 10-15mins at 180c. Don’t be tempted to over-bake them if you like your cookies gooey.

Now that’s a super-dunk

2 Comments leave one →
  1. belleaukitchen permalink
    January 25, 2013 8:02 am

    Fab post. I love the detail you go to to create the perfect cookie. My suggestion would be to make them into sandwiches by making a chocolate cream layer between two cookies!

  2. January 25, 2013 8:50 am

    Awww poor cookies, they never stood a chance.

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