Happy New Year!
I have not written for a few weeks because of all the Christmas related rush and also because I suffered a minor concussion in a freak accident in the park (me being the freak)... which kept me away from my laptop.
Anyway, I'm back and now that all the lovely Christmas -overindulging, buying way too much stuff you don't need and generally 'treating' yourself and everyone you know- period has passed, I started to think about what recipe I wanted to try next, and I guess like everyone in January, I considered for a minute looking for some kind of 'healthy' recipe...but then I looked outside (cold, wet, dark and rainy... again!) and quickly came to my senses! there is no way I can deal with winter in the UK without something naughty to compensate for the lack of endorphins my body is suffering by not seeing the sun... ever....and so, for all of you rebels out there who are also resisting the urge to diet I selected a really naughty recipe that my husband has been requesting for a while... Fairtrade Brazil Nut and chocolate chip cookies (American style... big and gooey and yes... completely unhealthy!).
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
170g unsalted butter, melted
200g dark brown soft sugar
100g Fairtrade caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
150g Fairtrade Dark Chocolate
150g Fairtrade White Chocolate
200g Fairtrade Brazil Nuts
1) Sift together the flour, bicarb and salt; set aside.
2) In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.
3) Chop the nuts and chocolate
4) Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts by hand using a wooden spoon.
5) Let the dough rest. I read in many recipes that it's great to 'age the dough' so I actually left it in the fridge overnight.
6) Drop cookie dough onto the prepared baking trays, with each cookie around 2 tablespoon of dough. Do not flatten the dough. Keep cookies apart since they will grow.
7) Pre-heat the oven to 170C and then bake for around 12 minutes until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking trays for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
AMAZING. I will definitely will make them again. Next time I will probably not use white chocolate, since it didn't really add much and made them a bit to sweet for me... and might add some more nuts. TRY THEM, they are super easy and you will never crave another cookie so bad...
Just a few photos of my visits to the Amazon below...