Soft chocolate cookies...

I love a good cookie and those chocolate cookies turned out to become my favourite ones! :) They are simply delicious alone or with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. They are soft in the middle and have a thin, crunchy "skin" on the outside. They are very chocolaty, but not too sweet, not sickly sweet as some chocolate baking creations can be. Perfect treat with a cup of strong coffee.
The recipe caught my eye straight away, the moment I saw it in Neven Maguire's new cookbook "Fast". Recipe was very easy to follow and I made them in no time at all! They'll be definitely a success on any party and among work colleagues ;)

How to make it...

- 150 g dark chocolate
- 120 g unsalted butter
- 225 g caster sugar (I used only 200 g and it was sweet enough)
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 250 g plain flour
- 25 g cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Line 2 large baking sheets.
Melt the chocolate and the butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water. Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. In the meantime whisk the sugar, eggs and vanilla extract for about 3-4 minutes, until light, fluffy and pale in colour. Fold in the melted chocolate into the egg mixture.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and baking powder into a bowl and fold into the chocolate mixture. Place heaped tablespoons of the dough onto the line baking sheets. Bake for aboute 10-12 minutes, until well risen and just set. Remove from the oven and leave to cool for a couple of minutes before removing from the tray. Serve warm or cold.


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