Twelfth night cookies

The Christmas tree has come down, the trail of pine needles hoovered up, and all that is left is a bit of chocolate and some mixed nuts. Hence the cookies. This recipe is inspired by some in the Hummingbird Cookery Book - a rather marvellous Christmas present. In true Miss P style, I have tweaked it a little.

50g unsalted butter
400g leftover Christmas Chocolate roughly chopped
2 eggs
170g light Muscovado sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla Extract
85g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
50g Christmas nuts

Preheat oven at 170 degrees C

In a double boiler, melt butter and half the chocolate, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Add the slightly cooled chocolate mix.
Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt, adding a little at a time to the mix.
Stir in the remaining chocolate and nuts.

Using a teaspoon (I used a tablespoon and they came out the size of dinner plates) spoon little mounds onto a greased baking tray, allowing room between them for expansion.

Cook for between 10 and 15 minutes until glossy and cracked on the surface. Cool on a wire rack and eat with a strong cup of tea.

These cookies are not carb free, decaff, or likely to fit in with your New Years resolutions, but they are delicious.


kelly said...

yum! i love the crackly tops. all our christmas treats have been scoffed so i can totally justify in joining you in making some new year treats. Xx

Anonymous said...

they look so tasty. made even more attractive by todays start of a much required diet!!!

SoozNooz said...

YUMMY!!! inspiring! Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Hi miss p. Congrats on your feature in 'Wedding'. I thought I recognised that unique style...
No time for Xmas cards this year, but still want to wish you a very exciting 2010, may your dreams come true! Leen

Miss E said...

Just made these, had some left over Hotel Chocolat bits and bobs, milk and dark and some chocs with bits of shortcake in, they all went in! Absolutely delicious! We think they would be pretty bloomin tasty with dark choc and raspberries in, will try that next time. Thanks for the delicious recipe. Love Miss E and her now somewhat hyperactive daughter xx