Whisking It



April 2013

Chocolate, chocolate chip biscuit cookies

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It’s hard to keep all your *stuff* together when life gets busy. When you have work stuff, future stuff, money stuff (and boy do I have money issues), and your immune system just quit and is refusing to come back online… It get’s difficult to stay on top of things. I found over the past two weeks, being sick and stressed out of my mind I wasn’t finding time for the things that I actually started doing to escape all that in the first place. I have cooked like 2 meals in the past couple weeks. And although, sometimes, the thought of coming home and doing what seems like “work” after a long hard day, when I actually do take the time, its one of the only things that levels me and cheers me up again. Funny how that works… because then I start to stress about finding time to do the stuff that makes me happy and that just results in being more drained and all over the place than when I started. Pppffff.

So anyway, this was one of last, last weeks triumphs. I am really bad at making biscuits apparently. I can never get them to be just how I want them, too soft, too cakey, too buttery, too brittle, too flat, too poofy… but these seemed to go down SO well with everyone else I thought I had to share. They weren’t the kind of cookie I wanted to end up with – I wanted a traditional chewy, doughy kind of chocolate chip biscuit, and these are more brittle and crunchy. But they were seriously addictive. I packaged them into little parcels for friends, and one of them ended up eating 2 whole packs in one sitting! So I guess that means they were well received.

Oh and the name, biscuit cookies. That is purely because I have never, and may never know how to classify either of those two. Is a cookie just a chewier version of a biscuit? If yes then where do I draw the line on the chewyness decider… Or maybe there is a more technical reason for the different terminology, but I am honestly just too lazy right now, even to google stuff.

So here we go!

You will need:

1 1/4 cup butter – softened slightly
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups flour
1 cup cocoa
1 tsp baking soda (bicarbonate of soda works fine too)
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1/2 cup coconut
2 cups chocolate chips (My Pick n Pay didnt have chocolate chips, so I bought 2 slabs of dark chocolate and roughly chopped that up instead, which works as well)

*preheat the oven to 180*

Beat the butter with the sugar until well combined.
Add the eggs and the vanilla, and mix well.
Add the rest of your ingredients one by one finishing with the chocolate chips – fold them in last.
Put the batter into the fridge (or freezer – I used the freezer cause its faster) for about 30 minutes, or unti the mixture is cold to the touch.
Spoon a heaped teaspoon of the cookie mix onto a greased baking sheet about 3cm apart (the mixture spreads quite a lot) and bake for 15 minutes. Put them onto a cooling rack straight out of the oven and leave to cool completely.
This batch gave me about 50 cookies in the end… Mine were quite small – about 3 or 4cm in diametre in the end.

Best with a glass of cold milk, or dipped into coffee… yum.

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