Very Choc ‘n’ Cherry Shortbread Cookies

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I love the crumbliness of shortbread, the slight sweetness of the cherries and the chocolate hit these cookies have.

This recipe will make between 14-16 cookies

You will need:

  • 125g Butter
  • 80g Caster Sugar
  • 120g Plain Flour
  • 30g Cocoa Powder
  • 30g Corn flour
  • 100g Glace Cherries or Dried Cherries
  • 100g Dark chocolate chopped or chocolate chips

Method:

  • Beat the butter to soften in a stand mixer or hand held mixer.
  • Mix in the sugar.
  • Add the corn flour, cocoa powder and plain flour, you don’t want to over mix so just before the flour has been completely incorporated add the cherries and chocolate pieces. I found the best way to achieve an even distribution of the cherries and chocolate is by hand.  An electric mixer can break up the cherries and chocolate to much resulting in tiny fragments and not chunks.
  • Roll into a sausage shape about 6cm in diameter, take time to get this as even as possible, cover in cling film and chill for about an hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 170degrees and grease and line two baking trays.
  • Once chilled remove from the plastic and carefully cut slices of about 1cm. If any ‘coin shaped’ slices have crumbled gently pat them back into shape. You are aiming to cut 14-16 slices.
  • Arrange the cookie dough slices on the trays and cook for 10-15 minutes. Check after 10 minutes and turn if necessary to achieve an even bake.
  • Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack, gently remove from the grease proof paper once cooled (the shortbread cookies will be very delicate and difficult to move when still warm).
  • These will keep in an air tight container for a couple of days, but I think, as ever, they are best eaten on the day of cooking.

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Thumb Print Cookies

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These are made using the cookie recipe I have used before, instead of rolling out the cookie dough, it is rolled into balls and the thumb is used to create a ‘well’ to add your favourite jam or spread. They are great fun to make with the children, as they are so very easy! Continue reading “Thumb Print Cookies”

Rocky Road

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Who doesn’t like a rocky road? All that chocolaty goodness with the chewy marshmallows and the soft crunch of biscuits all in one bite.

You can add almost anything to a rocky road to give it extra crunch, chewiness or added flavour.

I found myself buying more mini eggs after Easter, purely because they had been reduced and I simply couldn’t help myself. Continue reading “Rocky Road”

Valentine Cookies

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This recipe will make about 30 cookies (depending on the size of your cookie cutter)

These cookies are so versatile you can use any cookie cutter, sandwich two together, make window cookies or mug hanging cookies and more.

Because I have chilled the dough before baking, the cookies will retain their shape and not distort during the baking process.

Today I have made sandwiched cookies with a heart window and some mug hanging cookies to enjoy with my hot chocolate. Continue reading “Valentine Cookies”

Oat Cookies

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These are my quick ‘go to’ cookies when we are in need of a treat very quickly. Although they are chewy they also travel well and won’t crumble in lunch boxes or picnic hampers.  For this reason these cookies are also our road trip treat too!

These cookies are great plain or they can be jazzed up with melted chocolate and your favourite chocolate bar as pictured. Continue reading “Oat Cookies”

Strawberry Crumbles

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I love strawberries and they are at their best during the British summer.  I do sometimes get a little carried away and buy more then we can eat in a day.  Unfortunately strawberries really need to be eaten within a day or two of picking before they go a little soft. This is the time I make strawberry crumbles. I make this as a tray bake and are so moreish it’s difficult to only eat one square! Continue reading “Strawberry Crumbles”