Triple Chocolate Cookies

This month I wanted to make something a little Halloween inspired in the run up to the day, but wanted to keep the proper themed bakes for later in the month. I decided on a simple cookie, as who doesn’t love them? Plus they’re an easy bake to whip up quickly in an hour. I ended up making these cookies last weekend as I thought the orange smarties in the chocolate dough would give that little nod to the season I was going for. Unfortunately, the orange colour didn’t stay as vibrate after baking, as the natural colouring bled out quite a bit. I think next time I might try them with Reeses Pieces and see how that orange colouring works out. I didn’t have a specific recipe in mind when I planned these, and ended up experimenting a bit by combining a number of different recipes for it. It’s not become my holy grail cookie recipe, but it’s not bad and gives a really strong chocolate hit. For future experimenting I might also try sprinkling some sea salt flakes on the top before baking, to help cut through the sweetness.

These are best enjoyed soon after baking, with a nice cup of tea in front of an appropriate movie. I recommend Hocus Pocus or Practical Magic!

Ingredients:

200g butter

150g caster sugar

150g soft light brown sugar, or soft dark brown sugar if you like a more molasses taste

1 large egg

275g self-raising flour

75g cocoa powder

Pinch of salt

1 tablespoon of milk (regular, almond, oat or otherwise)

150g dark chocolate or chocolate chips

150g orange smarties

50g extra smarties put to one side

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C or 180 fan.

  2. Cream together your butter and sugar, then add the egg and mix until incorporated.

  3. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients- flour, cocoa powder and salt. Then stir all the dry ingredients in with the butter and sugar. Stir until well mixed and the dough comes together and there aren’t any white patches of flour.

  4. Add the milk to loosen the dough, and add a little more if it’s too dry and crumbly.

  5. Add the chocolate and smarties, mixing well to distribute the chocolate throughout the dough.

  6. Line 2 trays with baking paper, or grease them really well.

  7. Roll the dough into balls and place them on your tray, then squish the top of the cookie ball at the top to flatten it out. Depending on how large you make them you can get 10 large cookies from the mix, or more if you like them smaller. Make sure to space them evenly as they will spread in the oven. Use your extra smarties to decorate the tops of the cookies, pushing them down into the dough to be partially covered.

  8. Bake them in the oven for 10-12 minutes, rotating the trays if your oven tends to burn in a certain corner (like mine does).

  9. Leave them to cool for 30 minutes, or as long as you can wait!

Let me know if you give them a try!

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