a gorgeous tin full of gorgeous homemade biscuits/cookies along with the recipe book that goes with them...and the recipe book is cleverly marked on the cookie recipe page with a little book mark ribbon...taaa...daaa...dear readers I give you Joanne Wheatley's chocolate cookies recipe, from her latest book 'Home Baking'. Yes I am a Christmas present thinking up genius...I thank you!
These scrummy chocolate cookies are simply delightful and the recipe from Joanne Wheatley's second book 'Home Baking'...published earlier this year is easy as pie...Jo won the GBBO a couple of seasons back...and has written two books to date, 'A Passion for Baking' was her first. I have had both of these books to review for some time now, and fair to say have given them quite a good going over...there was the apple and sultana cake, you can see the unbaked cake behind that white loaf below (never made it to proper photograph as was demolished in minutes by colleagues).
Then there was the raspberry torte...and then my variation of this the blackberry torte...then the cookies, then bread...all were easy recipes and all delicious.
'A Passion for Baking' is more about the baked side of things while 'Home Baking' covers main meal recipes, alongside baked goodies, like biscuits, cakes, Granola, pancakes, bars and tarts.
I think the key to Joanne's successful recipes is that she bakes the type of recipes that are straightforward, easy and that would feed a family, tried and tested things made in her own kitchen that taste great, proper homely stuff.
The recipe for the cookies you can see above is on the next page...you can often find Joanne's books on offer at a well known supermarket...keep your eyes peeled they are a great addition to any bakers collection. Joanne Wheatley has her own blog with some great ideas and recipes and details of what she is up to now, you can follow Jo here.
200g soft unsalted butter
200g light brown sugar
125g demerara sugar
2 free range eggs
1 tsp vanilla paste
1tsp baking powder
1tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch sea salt
400g sieved plain flour
100g white chocolate chopped in chunks
100g dark chocolate chopped in chunks
1. Pre heat the oven to 170C fan and get about 3 baking sheets ready (I use bacoglide sheets for this).
2. Cream the butter and sugars and vanilla in a stand mix then beat the eggs and add these gradually. 3. Mix in the flour, sea salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, then fold in the chocolate.4. Use a small ice cream scoop as a measure for the cookies, leave some space between them to expand when they bake in the oven.5. Bake the cookies for about 5 minutes them remove from the oven and bang the tray...this gives the cookies a lovely open texture (see below). Put them back for another 5-7 minutes.6. Once baked leave to cool an a wire rack but not for too long these are really gorgeous when still warm.
I am entering these cookies for We Should Cocoa, the blog challenge run by Choclette of Chocolate Log Blog and this month this challenge is hosted by Rebecca over on her blog called BakeNQuilt.