Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate. It never disappoints with my circle of friends and colleagues, and most importantly, it never disappoints me. So flicking through my new book from The Great Australian Bake-Off, intending to dog-ear only complicated recipes to challenge myself, I found myself drawn to these simple and delicious cookies. These are made with dark chocolate ( 70% cocoa was stressed) to create a not-too sweet but rich taste and is then doused in icing sugar. Hmmm....
A Recipe: Chocolate Crackles Cookies via The Great Australian Bake-Off
Ingredients (Makes 30):
100g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), roughly chopped
100g unsalted butter, softened
150g brown sugar
1 large free-range egg, at room temperature
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
175g self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2-2 teaspoons icing sugar
1-2 baking trays, greased
1. Put the chopped chocolate into a large heat-proof bowl and set over a pan of steaming-hot but not boiling water (do not let the base of the bowl touch the hot water). Leave to melt gently. Remove the bowl from the pan and stir in the butter. When the mixture is completely smooth, stir in the sugar. Leave to cool for 5 minutes.
2. Beat the egg with the vanilla just until combined, then add to the bowl. Sift the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and mix thoroughly with a wooden spoon. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and chill for about 1 hour or until firm.
3. Preheat the oven to 200*C. Divide the chocolate dough into 30 even-sized pieces and roll into neat balls. Spoon the icing sugar into a shallow dish. Roll the balls, one at a time, in the sugar to coat thickly. Set the balls on the prepared baking trays, spacing well apart to allow for spreading. (Bake the biscuits in batches, if necessary).
4. Bake for 10 minutes for a softer biscuit, or 12 minutes for a crisp result. Remove from the oven and leave on the trays for a minute, then transfer to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. The biscuits will continue to firm up as they cool. Store in an airtight container and eat within 5 days.
** This recipe was taken straight from the The Great Australian Bake-Off Recipe Book and only found one issue with the process of baking: my cookies did not flatten out, instead it stayed in a round ball shape. At about the 8-9 minute mark of the cookies being in the oven, I just simple got my wooden spoon and pushed the dough down quickly and then let it bake for another minute or so.
The surface of the cookies are meant to crack to look like crazy paving as they cook. They look amazing and taste so good, taking only half an hour to make (with one hour waiting time in the fridge).
Happy Baking! xx