Although best eaten warm off the tray, these can be stored in a container – but beware, you may not be able to wait!
Makes approx 22
- 130g butter, softened
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 1 egg
- ½ tsp vanilla paste
- 1½ cups self-raising flour
- 2 tbsp cocoa
- 150g dark chocolate roughly chopped (reserve larger pieces for tops)
1 Preheat oven to 180oC. Line two oven trays with baking paper. Cream butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes until pale and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Stir in sifted flour, cocoa and ¾ of the chopped chocolate.
2 Roll into walnut-sized balls (approx 30g) and flatten slightly. Decorate with a chocolate chunk or two, and bake on lined trays for 10-14 minutes. To test the cookies, gently press around the outside and the texture should feel firm/set, but the centre should be soft when pushed. For more crunch, cook longer, or for soft and chewy, cook less.
About Jo Wilcox
"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author