Thursday, 6 December 2012

Let there be cookies

It’s cookie day! Yaay!

To be more specific, as every day is cookie day really, it’s the day of the Third Annual Great Online Cookie Exchange Extravaganza! Hugs and thanks go to Jz for creating and organising this sweet and biscuity event, and for letting me take part this year.

(Recipes, on my blog! Whatever next? :D)

My recipe is actually from a book as I wasn’t taught any at my Mum’s knee, but hopefully that’s okay. I can guarantee from personal experience that it makes very yummy cookies :)

One important thing before we begin: always make sure that there is a responsible adult in the kitchen when baking. Butter and chocolate are safe enough, but ovens can get very hot (and we will be boiling some water) and I don’t want anyone to get hurted.

Okay, aprons on!

Chocolate swirl cookies

  • 125g (4 1/2oz) butter, softened
  • 50g (2oz) icing sugar, sifted
  • 50g (2oz) cornflour (cornstarch)
  • 25g (1oz) cocoa powder
  • 100g (4oz) plain flour
  • 100g (4oz) dark or milk chocolate

  1. Preheat oven to 190˚C/375˚F (gas mark 5)
  2. Beat the butter in a large bowl until very soft
  3. Add all the other ingredients (except the chocolate) and mix together (with hands is easiest and funnest) until you have a gooey dough
  4. Take small balls of the dough and flatten them into the size and shape you want, then place each proto-cookie on a lined baking tray
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes
  6. Remove from oven and allow to cool
  7. When the cookies have attained coolness, break the chocolate into little pieces and melt it in a heatproof bowl over a pan of boiling water
  8. Drizzle the molten chocolate all over the cookies with a spoon and leave it to set
  9. Remove cookies from baking tray(s) and devour! NOM nom nom! (Or put on a plate and serve; it’s up to you)
As befits a Cookie Extravaganza there are lots and lots of blogs with yummy recipes today, so hopefully every sweet tooth will find something that suits. Lookit:

Advizor54, aisha, Ally, Autumn in jeans, Beth, Dana, Elysia, Emi J, Fiona, Greengirl, Hedone, HisLilAngel, Joey, Julia, Jz, Krissy, lil, Linda Long, Little Monkey, mouse (her recipe here, her blog here), Mrs. Soft Bottom, Ms. Constance, Naughty Kitty, nilla, Ronnie, Ryan Beaumont, Sassy, selkie (her recipe here, her blog here), Serenity, sin, Striving for Peace, TemptingSweets, Tom, Veronica

That lot should keep even the most voracious of Cookie Monsters happy, I reckon! :D


  1. Penny,

    The recipe looks delish!!!


  2. Oh, it is! I shall have to get the ingredients in and make a batch. (Fire extinguishers at the ready) ;D

  3. Yum! I bet these are so so yummy. On my new recipes to try this season! Thanks for sharing!! :)

  4. You're welcome, HisLilAngel :) I hope the instructions aren't too vague - I'm not the world's most exact cookie maker!

  5. I love cookies. My favorite desert :)


  6. I could put on a plate and devour from there... Thereby fooling people into thinking I have class while nonetheless stuffing my face.

    These sound yummy.
    Thanks so much for adding to the heap o' deliciousness.
    And for playing along. ;-)

  7. You had me at "chocolate." Hee hee. Thanks for sharing! Happy Holidays! -Sassy

  8. Thanks Sassy! Choklit is just the best thing, innit? Happy holidays to you too. :)

    I really enjoyed taking part, Jz! Thanks for setting it all up.

    Glad to hear that you are a fellow cookie monster, Timmy ;)

  9. O, those sound wonderful!! i might have to try them - although i'd really rather taste them after someone else has made them!



  10. Thanks, aisha - you're very kind. I can promise you that they are yummy! (And if I could bake some for you I would). And I absolutely must try your recipe, as your balls (hehe) sound divine.

  11. These look great. I want to eat a whole jar.

  12. lol, thanks! But might not scoffing a whole jar of them be a bit much? We don't want you getting a sore tummy, after all. They're not fun like sore bottoms are.

  13. You're right. In the past too many cookies has led to me being sore in both places. I will try to be better this holiday season.

  14. Cornflour is new to me, but anything chocolate- I'm willing to try!
    Thanks and Happy Holidaze! :-) E

  15. Happy Holidays to you too, Elysia!

    You have made me realise for the first time that cornflour might be a UK-specific term.

    Penny does a quick lookit online.

    Yep! It's called cornstarch in America - I'll tweak my recipe :)