22 October, 2010

12 Weeks of Christmas Cookies - week #4 - Chocolate Cookies

Chocolate cookies

And here we go again, you'll say. But the sweet torture continues ^__^.
Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies, and I can't wait to see what everyone's baked this week.



I've had a few failures this week, actually, great expectations that ended up in the garbage bin, completely inedible, either too hard or too dry or simply tasteless.  Trying out new recipes is always risky. I often find recipes that look good, and sound good, and then when I make them I realize the recipe and the picture have nothing to do with each other.
The recipe I'm bringing today is a second attempt, and only after bringing a few changes I managed to get something worth the effort. But they could still be improved, I think.
I've never had much luck with drop cookies. Let's say this is the first one I could call "a successful outcome". I expected it to spread like pancake batter (thing that usually happens to my cookies) but they almost wouldn't spread at all. Luckily I baked a couple cookies first to see how they'd behave, and then decided they needed to be flattened just slightly.
And let me tell you something, there were a few tears from the youngest member of my family when she discovered they were all gone, so I'm definitely making these again. I think I'll try putting some M&M's candies in there to colour them up, after all, we are waiting for Christmas here, aren't we?

Chocolate cookies

Chocolate cookies


115 g (4 oz) butter
90 g (3.2 oz / 2/3 cup) muscovado sugar
90 g (3.2 oz /1/3 cup) sweetened condensed milk
150 g (5.3 oz / 1 cup) self-raising flour
20 g (3 TBspoons) unsweetened cocoa powder
65 g (2.3 oz) Kinder milk chocolate bars (or similar)

Sift the flour and the cocoa together.
Beat the softened butter until creamy.
Stir in the condensed milk, and then gradually the flour and cocoa mixture.
Chop the chocolate and add it to the dough.
Scoop the dough and place the walnut size balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Press each cookie slightly with your fingers.

Chocolate cookies

Bake them in the oven preheated to 170°C (335°F) for about 12 minutes. Move them to a cooling rack.
They are great on their own, but I also sandwiched some with Nutella and simple homemade caramel sauce.
Not bad with ice cream ^__^, either.

Chocolate cookies

Cookies al cioccolato


115 g di burro
90 g di zucchero muscovado
90 g di latte condensato zuccherato
150 g di farina autolievitante (o farina normale + 1 cucchiaino di lievito)
20 g di cacao amaro
65 g di cioccolatini Kinder


Setacciate insieme la farina e il cacao.
Sbattete il burro ammorbidito con le fruste elettrice fino a renderlo cremoso.
Aggiungete il latte condensato mescolando con una frusta a mano, e poi gradualmente anche la farina con il cacao.
Tagliate i cioccolatini a pezzettini piccoli e aggiungeteli al impasto.
Con un cucchiaino prelevate un po’ di impasto formando delle palline grandi come una noce. Appiattitele leggermente con le dita.
Cuocete i biscotti nel forno caldo a 170°C per circa 12 minuti. Lasciateli raffreddare.
Sono buoni così da soli, ma io ho unito alcuni con un po’ di Nutella e con il caramello. Si possono fare anche i sandwich con una pallina di gelato.

Chocolate cookies

Čokoladni keksi


115 g maslaca
90 g muscovado šećera
90 g zaslađenog kondenziranog mlijeka
150 g samodizajućeg brašna (ili obično + 1 žličica p. za p.)
20 g kakaa
65 g Kinder mliječnih čokoladica


Prosijte skupa brašno i kakao. Ako nemate samodizajuće brašno, dodajte žličicu praška za pecivo.
Omekšali maslac (sobne temperature) umutite mikserom sa šećerom dok ne postane kremast.
Dodajte kondenzirano mlijeko umućenom maslacu i izmiješajte drvenom žlicom. Kad se smjesa ujednači, dodajte postepeno brašno s kakaom.
Čokoladice nasjeckajte na sitne kockice i umiješajte u tijesto.
Uzimajte žličicom tijesto i oblikujte kuglice veličine manjeg oraha. Stavljajte ih na pleh obložen papirom za pečenje i lagano ih pritisnite prstom ili žličicom na sredini.
Pecite kekse u pećnici zagrijanoj na 170°C, 12 minuta. Ostavite ih da se ohlade na rešetki.
Možete ih ostaviti ovako jednostavne ili spojite po dva keksa u sendvič s malo čokoladnog namaza (nutella ili lino lada) ili s malo karamela. Ako želite otići još korak dalje napravite sendviče sa sladoledom.

Chocolate cookies

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32 comments:

  1. Tesoro, sei un vero diavoletto tentatore...farci vedere queste foto a quest'ora e non poter addentare queste delizie è una sofferenza ;)

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  2. Ellerinize, emeğinize sağlık. Çok leziz ve iştah açıcı görünüyor.

    Saygılar.

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  3. E finalmente venerdì ^___^ Stavolta ho anche il latte condensato in attesa di utilizzo...rullo di tamburo...mi salvo la ricettuzza che è proprio una gran bella idea golosa. Ganza l’idea del porzionatore del gelato per fare i coockies ;) Un bacione, buon week end

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  4. Great chocolate fix! I'll bet they were delicious!

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  5. I've never used condensed milk in baking before. THose look like they have a great texture!

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  6. This is a great looking cookie!!

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  7. I hate it when a recipe doesn't turn out well. It looks like with your perseverance you finally found a winner, these look tasty! It's funny, the drop cookies I made this week didn't spread either and I ended up squashing them down just as you did.

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  8. Yum! These look luscious and chocolatey!

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  9. I love when I finally think I've got something I had to work to create! What is in that Kinder bar that is white? You had me at caramel and Nutella filling!

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  10. * Katrina, those bars have some sort of milk cream filling. They are my kids favourite

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  11. Isn't it great when you finally get a recipe to finally work? Glad you preserved, they look great and I bet they taste delicious!

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  12. When there are tears, there is success! Plus you cant go wrong when they are sandwiched between caramel or ice cream. :)

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  13. I guess failures happen from time to time, but its only through new risky recipes do we eventually establish a bank of favourite recipes!

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  14. I've had many a recipe as well that just didn't work out the way I hoped it would. Still, it looks like your cookies came out perfect this time and, as always, your pictures are gorgeous. Love the idea of using them in an ice cream sandwich.

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  15. They look delicious! I hate when I try a recipe that looks so good and it's a big bust! I love the addition of the ice cream and caramel!!!

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  16. Your cookies look so chewy and chocolatey! Good for you for sticking with it! And that filling? YUM!!!

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  17. That cookie looks amazing!!! Oh, and glad I'm not the only one that has found some recipes don't exactly go with their pictures.

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  18. Tu mi fai svenire!!! E comunque i propongo come assaggiatrice ufficilae dei tuoi prossimi esperimenti!
    Baci tesoro!

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  19. heavently...thats all I can say :)

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  20. Nažalost ovo mi se često dogodi kad imam jako velika očekivanja od nekog recepta, razočaram se. Sad nisam sigurna jeli to zbog toga što su moja očekivanja nerealna ili zbog toga što fotografija često nije realna. Pretpostavljam da je kombinacija oba faktora u pitanju. :) :)
    Bez obzira na to ovi tvoji keksi izgledaju savršeno, posebno mi se sviđa dodatak kinder čokolade koju obožavam. :D

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  21. keksići super izgledaju kombinacija sa kinder čokoladom je baš zanimljiva, djeci se oni sigurno sviđaju. Vrijedno bilježim tvoje keksiće koji će se za Božić i kod mene naći, kutije su spremne a ja nikako da krenem sa izradom. Ali kada krenem i ovi će se naći u nekoj od kutijica :))

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  22. Che buoni!!! sono fantastici e golosi!!! adoro i dolci con il latte condensato...hanno una marcia in più...ottima l'idea delle barrette kinder!!! un bacio e buon week end :)

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  23. Hi! This post is making me soo hungry lol. Thanks for stopping by & giving me the site. Actually my sidebar works fine now,but if I want to change it anyway I will look into that link you gave.

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  24. D'lish! I just love "Kinder" bars....always get me some when I go to France. :-) LOVE how you added them to your cookies.

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  25. carinissima questa raccolta di biscotti natalizi..chissà quante cose buone verran fuori! :)
    ottimi anche i tuoi al cioccolato! bisogna iniziare a biscottare! :)
    bacioni!

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  26. Um, can you ship me a box? Please? These look soooooo good!

    You've got a new follower. :) I started a baking meme last week and would love for you to link up! :)

    http://bit.ly/dsiHvw

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  27. Super vam je ova igrica, gomila predivnih keksica na jednom mestu i to taman pred praznike koji dolaze ;) Moja deca obozavaju kinder cokoladice (a i mama i tata ih rado grickaju) tako da bi kod mene ovi keksici sigurno naisli na pozitivne kritike :)

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  28. keksići su odlični, dopada mi se slikica, a sastojci da ne govorim, pun pogodak

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  29. Svaka čast!

    Meni su se raširili kao palačinke i morala sam da ih stružem. Preliću ih šlagom i staviti koju jagodu, možda neće biti tako smešni. :p

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    1. Iva, jesi li koristila zaslađeno kondenzirano mlijeko kao što je u receptu, ili nezaslađeno? Jer mnogi misle da je to ista stvar, ali nije. Kao što sam napisala u uvodu, prvi keksi koje sam ispekla nisu se uopće raširili, tako da sam sljedeće malo pritisnula prstima da se rastanje.

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    2. Ja sam ga sama pravila, po receptu sa onog drugog bloga, kod one gospođe/gospođice...ne mogu sad da se setim kako se zove.

      Testo je bilo meko i stavila sam ga u frižider, kako bih pogledala neki film. Posle dva sata sam ga rastanjila oklagijom i ugrejala rukama, napravila kuglice (pritom se pitajući mislite li na oljuštene ili orahe u ljusci, pa sam se opredelila za ovo prvo) i blago ih pritisnula. Već posle 2-3 minuta u rerni širili su se, posle 5-6 su se dodirivali i bili potpuno ravni, možda debljine pola centimetra. Prva tura je ispala meka, druga karamelizovana i tvrda. Sad imam posudicu prepunu nečega veoma ukusnog (no preslatkog, sledeći put neću dodati šećer, dovoljno ga ima u mleku i čokoladicama), ali to nisu kolači.

      Ako imate ideju šta da radim s njima ikako da budem sigurna da se ovo ne ponovi, bilo bi super. Majka je poludela ribajući pleh, a ja čisteći. Kao da je bomba pala. :) Inače, imam samo godinu dana iskustva u kuhinji, tj. počela sam da kuvam za Novogodišnju noć 2011. na 2012, pa...možda nisam dovoljno bistra.

      Istovremeno, nežni mlečni keksići su uspeli i izgledaju odlično, a baci di dama će završiti kao hibrid sa vanilicama, jer mi nešto ne prija toliko čokolade i tamo i ovamo, pa ću staviti nezaslađenu marmeladu. Za ostalo, što isprobavam kako bi bilo na trpezi za slavu, treba da dobavim još margarina, a na samu slavu ću koristiti maslac, da mi ne bude žap ako proba ne uspe što sam dala 2.5 € za njega. :)

      Takođe bih vas pitala da li je za karamele neophodan med od cveta narandže? Gotovo sam sigurna da to nikad nisam videla ovde.

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    3. I samo da napomenem: "Svaka čast" se odnosilo na vaše umeće, ne na sve to u kontekstu sa mojom tupavošću pri pripremi.

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