Here we are half way through Twelve Weeks of Christmas Cookies. If you've come along on the ride with us you will know what a wonderful variety of cookies my fellow bakers have come up with. There is a cookie for everyone and we have 6 more weeks to go. By Christmas no one will be stuck for ideas. Easy cookies, a-little-bit-complicated cookies, chocolate cookies, nut cookies, sugar cookies, coffee cookies, cookies for foreign lands.... the list goes on.
Today my cookies falls into the "easy" cookie category. These cookies are chewy and fudgy full of decadence - perfect for Christmas entertaining. The degree of "fudginess" is determined by the oven temperature and cooking time. You may want to only bake a few at first then if you want them more gooey bake them at 150C/170C or reduce the cooking time. Try them and see how wonderful they are.
Fudgy Choc-Cherry Cookies
adapted from "Bake" by the Australian Womens Weekly
250g butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
165g castor sugar
165g brown sugar
1 teaspoon bi carbonated soda powder
25g shredded coconut
80g glace cherries
200g dark eating chocolate, coarsely chopped
200g roasted hazelnut milk chocolate, coarsely chopped
Preheat oven to 180C and line trays with baking paper.
Beat together butter, sugars, vanilla and egg until smooth and creamy. Mix in sifted flour, cocoa and bicarbonated soda. Stir in coconut cherries and both chocolates.
Roll tablespoons of dough into balls, place about 5 cm apart on trays, flatten slightly.
Bake biscuits about 12 minutes. Cool on trays.
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