• Chocolate Crackle Cookies



    A lot of things in our life need ironing out, both metaphorically and literally speaking.

    LITERALLY SPEAKING
    1. Your shirts
    2. Your suit pants
    3. Your undies. “Seriously! Your undies?” I hear you say. Yes seriously…I was brought up by a mother who used to iron everything, even the dog when it sat still long enough.
    METAPHORICALLY SPEAKING
    1. You’re atti-tude!!!



    All this talk of ironing reminds me of a story about something that I tried to literally iron out once. It was a cookie…darn cookie was so darn crackled, it went against my whole cookie belief system…

    (Time to revert to Third Person here and bring in Triple J)


    TRIPLE J’S COOKIE BELIEF SYSTEM:
    All cookies should be soft, chewy and flexible with little mounds of nuts and/or chocolate that rise and fall like the rollling hills of the English country side…
    …can I get an Aaaaa-Men.

    Triple J’s cookie belief system does not extend its hand to cookies with cracks that go all the way to China…nuh-uh, no way.


    So can you imagine Triple J’s surprise, when she was served chocolate cookies that looked like these…

    …let me tell you, drama ensued. Her devout cookie belief system had been insulted and she was not about to sit by and let a good cookie stay crackled. But before we get into the drama, let’s start this story from the very beginning…


    Triple J had been invited to The Land of Dancing Kangaroos for Kate and Tim’s going away party. You can all visit The Land of Dancing Kangaroos for yourselves if you like, it’s lovely there this time of year and I totally reccommend you visit.
    To get there…

    …just place the hair of a purple haired rhino into a jar of strawberry jam, say the words Doop-De-Shoo-Wop three times, and then throw the jar of jam at the wall of a three storied castle. Where the jar smashes against the wall, a tele-portal will appear. Slide on in and you will be transported to the fantastical Land of Dancing Kangaroos.

    Who are Kate and Tim you ask? Well here they are, say g’day to them.


    Kate and Tim were having a going away party because they were about to travel alllllllllll the way to a very exotic location…Uzbekistan. The kangaroo duo were very good jugglers, and they’d heard the Uzbekistan-ian’s were mad for juggling kangaroos. Kate and Tim had spent a whole three weeks choreographing a challenging juggling act involving 3 cricket balls and an orange hula hoop. They were taking their show to Uzbekistan where they were anticipating selling tickets for $1000 a seat. They’d make a fortune and become famous for sure.



    Triple J felt so privileged to be invited to this very important event. She’d been looking forward to it even more then she looked forward to galloping through fields with wild Mongolian llamas.

    So you can imagine how disappointed she was when the hosts of this glamorous gala served up crackled cookies…how preposterous. Why she was so disgusted that she did a little vomit in her mouth and then had to spit it into her handbag. But what luck! While politely spitting up into her handbag, Triple J realised that she had packed her iron…it was laying right there next to her mints and lip balm.

    Triple J took out her iron, brandished it above her head like a sword and chased the crackled cookies all around the Land of Dancing Kangaroos. She’d iron out every last one of those cheeky sods!



    First she chased a cookie into the garden…

    …but the cookie was too quick and he got away.

    Then she chased a cookie into the kitchen fridge…

    …but the cookie used his super invisible powers and he got away.



    Then she chased a cookie onto the kangaroo’s traveling map…

    …but the cookie used his super dooper commando-roll move and got away.



    Then Triple J chased a cookie into the party where all the guests were mingling and sharing stories of mountaineering through the Sth American Andes. And suddenly the cookie was trapped…he had no where to go because all the guests were blocking his path. Triple J held her iron up high ready to strike while the cookie cowered next to Yoda. She was just about to iron the bejeckles out of the cookie when all of a sudden The Lone Ranger yelled…STOP!

    “Why don’t you just eat the cookie?” he suggested. “You might find you actually like a cookie that’s all crinkly wrinkly.”

    Triple J stopped in her tracks. Maybe The Lone Ranger was right? She’d never actually given crinkled cookies a chance before…and everybody and everything deserves a chance right? Maybe she should just have a nibble? What did she have to lose after all?

    So Triple J picked up the cookie and took a bite. All the guests looked on in apprehension. Would Triple J keep eating the cookie? Or would she spit it back up and then scorch the cookie to smithereens with her iron?

    Well by golly, by gee…Triple J took another bite, and then another, and then another…until the whole cookie was eaten. Triple J actually found she liked crinkled cookies. From that day forward, Triple J completely altered her cookie belief system…


    TRIPLE J’S NEW COOKIE BELIEF SYSTEM
    All cookies deserve a chance…regardless of cracks that go all the way to China.

    RECIPE – Chocolate Crackle Cookies

    There are two different ways you can make these cookies. Some recipes use just cocoa to get the chocolate flavour and others use both cocoa and real chocolate. So whenever there’s a double chocolate bonanza happenin (i.e. both cocoa and chocolate are being used), then that’s a bonanza I’d catch 8 different forms of transport to get to. So I have given you the double chocolate recipe here. Make sure you use a dark bittersweet chocolate to get that real fudgey, rich chocolatey flavour. And as always, use the best quality chocolate you can afford…the quality of the ingredients are always a direct reflection of the end product.
    These cookies are perfect to make around the Christmas period as they look like they’re covered in snow. To make them real Christmassy…crush 1/2 a dozen candy canes and add them into your mixture at the very end…then you have Peppermint Chocolate Crackle Cookies…ho ho ho ho.



    Chocolate Crackle Cookie Ingredients

    • 224g (8 ounces) dark chocolate, melted and cooled
    • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
    • 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 114 grams (1 stick, 8 tablespoons) softened butter
    • 1 1/3 cups brown sugar
    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence/extract
    • 1/3 cup milk
    • 6 crushed candy canes (optional)
    • 1/2 to 1 cup of icing sugar for rolling cookies in

    Directions

    1. Chop your chocolate into small chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute and then stir. Microwave in 20 second spurts, stirring after each time, until the chocolate is melted. Leave to cool.
    2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Put aside.
    3. In the bowl of a free standing mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until light and fluffy (approx 4 minutes). Add the eggs one at a time, beating for 30 seconds after each addition.
    4. Add in the melted chocolate and beat on low until incorporated. Add in half the sifted dry ingredients and gently mix until just incorporated. Add half of the milk and mix until just incorporated. Repeat this step with the remaining dry ingredient and milk. Do not over mix or you will get a tough dough. If choosing to use, add your candy canes now.
    5. Refrigerate mixture for two hours.
    6. Divide the dough into 3 or 4 lots and roll into logs about 2.5 cm (1 inch) in diameter. Cover your bench top in icing sugar to prevent dough from sticking. Refrigerate for another half hour.
    7. Cut the logs into 2.5 cm (1 inch) pieces. Using your hands, roll the pieces into balls and then toss in icing sugar to coat completely.
    8. Place the cookies on baking trays lined with baking paper or silpat. Place the cookies about 2.5cm (1 inch) apart from each other so they can spread. Bake until cookies have flattened and the sugared tops have split…about 10-14 minutes. I always bake my cookies for half the time, then I open the oven and turn the trays around and cook for the remaining time. This helps ensure an even bake.
    9. Remove the cookies and let them cool on their trays for about 5 minutes (they will continue to cook while on the trays) and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for over a week.



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