Friday, 5 May 2017

Five Recipes: Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you've read The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, you'll know about Maddie's idea to host speed dating nights with a difference - the difference being the addition of a dessert to accompany each date.

Last week, I posted a series of short stories centring around Natalie and her experience of the speed-dating-with-a-difference night, and this week I'll be sharing the recipes of the desserts she enjoyed.

All the desserts mentioned were part of The Little Teashop of Broken Hearts, and today's recipe is my favourite biscuit recipe: Chocolate Chunk Cookies!

 
Chocolate Chunk Cookies
(because chocolate chips are for wimps)
 
 
Preheat your oven to 180C and line a baking tray with baking paper. I find scrunching the paper and then unfurling and laying it on the tray helps it to stay flat. Otherwise it just curls at the corners and sends me into a rage.
 
Break the chocolate into chunks. You can use any chocolate you want to - I opted for Dairy Milk in the pictured cookies because it was on offer at the time 😉 Place the chunks in a food bag and give them a thwack with a rolling pin - but not too much because you'll want some big chunks in there, trust me.
 
Beat the butter (which should be softened and not straight from the fridge!) and sugars until the mixture is light in colour and smooth.

Beat the eggs and add to the butter/sugar mix, stirring through with a  wooden spoon.

Stir in the vanilla extract, flour and bicarbonate of soda. Add the chocolate chunks and mix well to distribute as evenly as possible.

Spoon the mixture onto the baking tray. Use tablespoons for medium-large cookies or teaspoons for smaller (puny) cookies. Make sure you leave space between each mound as they will flatten and spread as they bake. You don't need to be too neat - just plonk them on and they'll come out in decent shape!

Bake for 10-15 minutes. I like mine slightly crisp on the edges but still soft in the middle.

Remove from the oven and leave on the tray for ten minutes to set before transferring to a wire cooling rack.

Enjoy! And believe me, you will. These cookies are AMAZING.



You can find all the recipes here and there will be a bonus recipe in my first newsletter, which you can receive by subscribing below
 
Happy baking!

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 About The Book

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Teashop-Broken-Hearts-ebook/dp/B01MDNF71Y/

From fairy cakes to first dates!

Maddie Lamington’s dreams are crumbling around her. If she doesn’t come up with a plan to save her little teashop on Sweet Street soon, it might be too late…

So when she sees how the perfect apple crumble brings together her lonely father and faithful customer Birdie, inspiration strikes: she’ll set up a dating night involving all her sweetest bakes.

Luckily, seriously gorgeous Caleb is on hand to help sprinkle a little magic – and a lot of sugar! Could one night of scrumptious first dates fix Maddie’s heartbreak and save her beloved teashop, too?


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