So… you want to win a bake off. I’ve been there, my friend. There is something about charity bake offs that brings out my competitive side, and my inner show off. However, in the past I have gotten a little too big for my boots; home-made pies and celebration cakes have been the order of the day. There are two problems with this approach; the first is that I am much less practiced at such bakes, and the second is that really… my colleagues just want to eat a whole load of chocolate. They don’t care about the flakiness of the pastry or the lack of a soggy bottom – unfortunately, I’m not baking for Mary and Paul. They’re just chasing the sugar high that comes with a good work bake off.
So this time round, I defied my ego and whipped up a batch of these cookies. They were demolished in about three minutes flat, with some people going back for seconds… and the votes don’t lie. These are a winner! I can’t take much credit for that; this recipe is from the incomparable Izy from Top with Cinnamon with almost no adaption. Just follow the instructions, and let victory reign down upon you…
- 110g butter
- 350g soft light brown sugar
- 55g cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¾ tsp baking powder
- 260g plain flour
- 100g milk chocolate chips
- 16 squares of Cadbury Caramel (or alternative caramel filled chocolate of your choice!)
- flaky sea salt
- Preheat the oven to 180C and prepare two baking sheets by lining with baking parchment.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar, followed by the eggs.
- Sieve in the cocoa powder, salt and baking powder, and stir through. Do the same with the flour, stirring until everything is well combined. Finally, stir through the chocolate chips.
- Using a tablespoon or dessert spoon, place 16 heaps of dough spaced out on your baking trays. You may want to roll the dough slightly before placing on the tray to make them a little more even.
- Take a square of chocolate and press down into the top of each cookie so it's nice and snug. Using the remaining dough, make 16 disc shapes and use to cover the top of each square of chocolate, pressing down around the edges so the chocolate is fully sealed inside.
- Sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Leave to cool slightly on the trays before using a spatula to transfer to a cooling rack.