Cookies come in all shapes and sizes, and believe me, I love them all. From crumbly, buttery, melt in the mouth bites, to big, doughy lumps of flour and cocoa, I’ve spent my life devouring as many of them as possible. However, for me, nothing beats those big, chewy bakery style cookies – the kind you get in bags from the supermarket, 5 for £1.
I’ve spent many moons searching for a recipe that allows me to make them at home, a low and behold, I’ve found it! I adapted the basic dough from this recipe and chucked whatever I had in the cupboard (six cookies and cream Kit Kats and two bags of chocolate buttons, in case you were wondering) but the beauty of the recipe is that you can literally add whatever you like. Chocolate, nuts, fruit, oats – the possibilities are endless and oh so delicious. Mix it up and let me know what works for you!
It’s almost December and at this time of year, the fact that “it’s nearly Christmas!” is generally used as an excuse to gorge on pre-season mince pies and mulled wine. Don’t get me wrong, I like early festive treats as much as the next person, but I do find that all of this early munching kind of ruins the excitement of the gorgathon that occurs on the day itself.
I’ve therefore been trying to find a (reasonably) healthy balance – making tasty puddings that aren’t going to give me the pastry sweats or make me totally sick of cinnamon and allspice, but still deliver that satisfying, sugary hit – and these bad boys are just the ticket.
As a recent graduate and impoverished writer, my depleted bank balance and my love of food aren’t always easy to combine. I improvise equipment, use cheaper alternatives, and embrace the virtues of supermarket reduced sections. I can’t afford the best balsamic or the finest quality tomatoes. Heck, I’ve even used Lambrini in a risotto when things got really dire (if I ever make it in to the food industry in any kind of professional capacity, that one stays between me and you, okay?)
However, there is one thing that I can say for my financially dubious self: I know a bargain when I see one. So when I spotted an online voucher for The Cocoa Box chocolate making class, I snapped it up like nobody’s business – and I’m very glad I did.