the rains had added to my yearning for good chocolate cookies. good means good quantity as well as good taste. even i was ready to spend a good amount, was not very happy with the taste of what i was from the various cookie shops. and as it is the downpour has made me much more lazy, so was thinking of giving cookie baking a miss. but since d shops were unable to satisfy my taste buds, so i had to head towards the kitchen. the result was extremly rewarding & mouthwatering. trust me of all the chocolate cookies i have made till now, guess this is the best.
this chocolate cookie is an exception in the sense that it uses three types of chocolate- milk chocolates, dark chocolate & white chocolate. dark chocolate was used in most quantity, was kind of the base for this cookie. white & milk were much lesser in quantity.though the recipe wanted the milk & white chocolate to b chopped well, but i had kept it in chunks only.
this was quite an easy and fuss free recipe. and i was happy considering a disastrous result of an expensive experiment i had a few days back. but what i realised is that you can decrease the amount of chocolate chunks in this cookie mixture. here goes the recipe:
90g milk chocolate
90g white chocolate
300g dark chocolate
90g unsalted butter @ room temp, diced
1tsp vanilla extract
150g light muscovado (brown) sugar
150g self-raising flour
100g macademia nut halves
lumps of butter can be seen, while mixing butter with the melted chocolate
after i had added the nuts & chocolate chunks
i had rolled d mixture into small balls while putting them into the oven
cookies resting on the cooling racks
preheat oven to 180 degree c. line two baking sheets & grease them. chop the milk & white chocolates and put them in a bowl.
chop 200g of the dark chocolate into very large chunks, at least 2cm & set aside.
break up the remaining 100gm dark chocolate in a heat proof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. stir until melted. remove from pan and stir in the butter chunks, then the vanilla essence & then the sugar. mix well. i have used a rubber spatula for mixing all these.
add the sifted flour and mix gently. add half of the dark chocolate chunks and the nuts & white chocolate & fold together.
spoon out the cookies according to your desired shape & size. press the remaining dark chocolate chunks into the top of each cookie. bake for about 12 mins until just begining to change colour.
cool and store.
i feel you can bring down the 200gm dark chocolate chunks to 100gm easily. and while melting the chocolate i have added a few spoons of cold milk just to make it d melted chocolate smoother and i luv d satiny texture of the chocolate. i didn't get macademia nuts, so had to substitute it for unsalted peanuts. if you want u can use cashew or walnuts. the dark chocolates i used were cooking chocolate. the white chocolate was Milkybar & the milk chocolate was Dairy milk. i had baked the cookies for 15mins, if u want u can stop @ 12mins also. muscavado sugar was also not present, so i had used normal powdered brown sugar.
PS: i had baked this batch of cookies for distributing among my friends & loved ones. but i am already out of the stock. sorry, but they will have to wait till i make the next batch.
till then u people satisfy your sweet tooth.