Chocolate Wheaten Cookies

During my pregnancies, there have only three things that I have really craved, McDonald’s chicken nuggets (with sweet and sour sauce of course!), Berri fruit ice blocks and chocolate coated wheat biscuits.  Luckily I have only recently come across this recipe, I think if I’d known about whilst pregnant, I would have ended up the size of a bus!

These cookies taste great.  In an effort to be good, I only added chocolate bits to half of the cookies, and still really enjoyed them.  To be a ‘true’ chocolate wheaten biscuit, you could dip the back of the cookies in melted chocolate – as suggested in the book. I decided against doing this, as it would have made them even harder to resist.

This recipe comes from an Australian Women’s Weekly book – Cupcakes, Cheescakes and Cookies.  It’s filled to the brim with lots of yummy treats, and has given me lots of ideas…. if only there was enough time to make them all!

Chocolate Wheaten Cookies

90g butter softened

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup wheat germ

3/4 cup wholemeal plain flour

1/3 cup white self raising flour

1/4 cup dark chocolate bits

* Beat butter & sugar together until smooth, add egg and beat until well combined. Stir in coconut, wheat germ and sifted flours

* Roll sought between 2 sheets of baking paper until it’s around half a cm thick.  Place in fridge for approx 30 minutes

* Preheat oven to 180 degrees and cover two trays with baking paper

* Using a round cutter, cut into dough and place on baking trays approx 3cm apart.  Bring off cut dough together, cover again with baking paper and roll out to make more cookies.

* Lightly press chocolate bits into the top of cookies & bake for 12 minutes.

* Allow cookies to cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack

Dark Chocolate Cookies with White Choc Chips

YUM! That’s really the only introduction these cookies need.  They are super rich and indulgent with the inclusion of dark brown sugar and cacao powder.  Yes, they may be similar to the Triple Chocolate Cookies I have made in the past – but let’s be honest, you can never have too many chocolate chip cookie recipes, and I’m happy to keep baking them until I find the perfect recipe!  Do you have an amazing choc chip cookie recipe you would like to share?

Yum!

Yum!

125g softened butter

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/3 cup caster sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups self raising flour

1/2 cup cacao powder

3/4 cup white chocolate chips

* Beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

* Sift flour and cacao over butter/sugar mixture, add chocolate chips and stir until combined

* Cover two trays with baking paper, and place tablespoon sized balls of mixture onto trays, leaving approx 3cm between cookies.  Press down the top of each cookie with the back of a spoon and bake for 15 minutes.

* Allow cookies to cool on trays for 5 minutes before transferring to rack.

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Raspberry Spiked Chocolate Brownies

Over the last few weeks I have been hooked on brownies and blondies.  Each recipe I have made, I’ve thought it to be the winner.  However I think this combination of rich dark chocolate brownie with raspberries literally takes the cake (pun intended).  These are sensational, the brownie is so rich and chocolatey, and the raspberries are such a great contrast.  The centre is quite soft, and is GREAT warm with vanilla ice cream.  My little helper enjoyed licking the bowl…. I know just award me mother of the year now.

yummy

yummy

Recipe from Donna Hay Simply Essentials – Chocolate

200g dark chocolate chopped

250g butter

1 3/4 cups brown sugar

4 eggs

1 1/3 cups plain flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/3 cup cocoa powder sifted

1 1/2 cups raspberries – fresh or frozen

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  • Place chocolate and butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir until melted and smooth
  • Place in a bowl with the sugar and eggs
  • Sift over the flour, baking powder and cocoa and mix to combine
  • Pour into a 23cm greased square cake tine lined with non stick baking aper
  • Top the mixture with the raspberries and bake for 45 minutes or until set.
  • Brownies should be very fudgey in middle
You MUST try this!

You MUST try this!

Friday Afternoon Chocolate Goodness – choc chip banana blondies

Yesterday I had a wonderful couple of hours to myself at the hairdresser- well Aiden was with me but he slept the whole time.  Since the past week has been crazier than normal, with broken bones/visitors/cranky toddler and a last minute trip to pack for, I took with me the September issue of Delicious magazine to enjoy in peace.  About a third of the way through I came across this recipe and knew I had all the ingredients to give it a go when I got home.

September 2013 issue of Delicious Magazine

September 2013 issue of Delicious Magazine

It was fairly quick to put together, and I baked mine for around 40 minutes.  They came out of the oven just as I was about to leave for dinner out with the girls, so I was able to skip buying a caramel sundae on the way home and tried a piece of blondie instead.  The verdict is – they are GREAT!  I tried a middle piece that was gorgeously (not sure if that’s a real word, but it’s an accurate description) soft and fudgey.  The combination of white/dark chocolate, banana and walnuts is sensational.  Given I’d had a relatively high calorie dinner, I skipped the extra drizzle of white chocolate and just sprinkled it with icing sugar.

 

Happy Friday everyone – try these this weekend!

 

100g unsalted butter chopped

250g white chocolate chopped

250g castor sugar

1 egg lightly beaten

2 bananas, mashed

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/3 cups plain flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup walnuts chopped

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Icing sugar to serve

 

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees & grease and line the base and sides of a 20cm square cake pan with baking paper
  • Place the butter and 200g white chocolate in a heatproof bowl which is on top of saucepan of gently simmering water (don’t let bowl touch the water) and stir until melted
  • Remove from heat
  • Transfer chocolate mixture to a large bowl and stir in sugar, egg, banana and vanilla
  • Sift over flour and baking powder, stir to combine, the fold in the nuts and dark chocolate chips
  • Pour batter into the pan and bake for 35 minutes or until golden, cool completely in pan
  • Melt remaining 50g of white chocolate, cut blondies into squares, dust with icing sugar and drizzle with melted chocolate to serve

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