I am going on a bum numbing 5 hour train journey tomorrow, as a treat for myself and my travelling pal, i'm going to make us some of these melt in the mouth cookies that any adult would happily trade in their child for....
I used to make them when we had our cafe and people always laughed about the name but there was never any doubt that they definitely worked a treat with a smile guaranteed, except when you've finished the cookie, then it's just sad again...so you have another one....it's a hard habit to break so i'm just giving a warning, these are addictive! G
Make me happy cookies
makes 20 cookies
- 290g good quality dark chocolate 70% min (115g chocolate drops if possible)
- 115g goats butter
- 2 x medium free range eggs
- 50g light brown sugar
- 115g cane sugar
- 25g cocoa
- 125g plain flour (you can use gluten free and it gives an awesome texture)
- 1 tbsp baking powder (again gluten free if you want)
- couple drops of vanilla extract
- 100g good quality milk chocolate drops
- 100g good quality white chocolate drops
- 2 small packs of smarties ...I don't normally use shop bought sweets but the bright colours are necessary for the happiness effect
Preheat the oven to 160'C and line 2 baking trays with baking parchment, these cookies spread a lot so if you have more trays great, if not then you'll just have to wait until the 1st batch are done.
Melt 175g of dark chocolate and the butter in a metal or glass bowl placed over a pan of boiling water on the stove, make sure the water isn't touching your bowl or you will burn the chocolate, beat the sugars, vanilla and eggs by hand or in a mixer until creamy and light, when the chocolate mix has melted, fold it gently into sugar and egg mix, sift the flour, baking powder and cocoa into the mix and stir gently then add all the chocolate drops ( dark, milk and white).
Use 2 tablespoons to scoop a spoon size amount onto the prepared tray, no more than 6 on an average size tray as they spread!
Put 2 or 3 smarties on each uncooked cookie, mine have to be all different colours as it is much more pleasing to the eye but there is no difference to flavour.
Bake in the oven for 10 mins on the middle shelf, if they still look a bit wet in the middle when you go to take them out then give em a couple more minutes.
Leave to cool in the tray for 5 mins before moving them with a flat spatula to a wire rack to cool completely, if you try and eat them before they are cold they will fall apart all over you (I have the stains to prove it).
Yay cookies and happiness for everyone!