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There aren’t many opportunities to walk into a supermarket and literally buy a basket of chocolate and other ingredients to make delicious cookies. Thanks to a recent #CBias opportunity that is the exact task I had, oh how I was in my element, much to the Tesco check out lady’s amusement!
When I finally decided Liv and I would bake our favourite Double Chocolate Chip cookies, I needed to go and stock up with enough chocolate to make them. On a mid morning trek without Liv (shopping is so much easier without children and cheaper!) I was able to wander around and have a good look at all the products and weigh up the pricing. You can see pictures from my visit here.
Liv was eccstatic to come out of school on Friday afternoon to learn that we would be baking cookies. I think Liv was more interested in licking the spoon though!
I was amazed at the selection of Cadbury chocolate products available, I really did have a hard time choosing what to chop up and use as the chocolate chips. In the end I plumped for a firm favourite… Dairy Milk… several bars of it!
The recipe is extremely easy to follow for Double Chocolate Chip Cookies (With Dairy Milk): Recipe courtesy of Allrecipes.
225 g margarine, softened,
200g white sugar
145g brown sugar
5ml vanilla extract
250g all-purpose flour
5g baking soda
6g salt – I use a pinch
30g of unsweetened cocoa powder – I use Dairy Milk Hot Chocolate Powder
505g semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
2. In a medium bowl, cream together the margarine, white sugar and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Sift in the flour, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder; mix well. Stir in the chocolate chips. Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and place them one inch apart onto the prepared cookie sheets.
3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
I used to bake with my Grandparents and loved it, so I thoroughly enjoy baking with Liv. I have a feeling she will be a great baker when she is older, just so long as the mixture actually makes it into the oven! Baking with children is great and enjoyable for everyone, especially if the finished result is edible!
The cookies were divine and Liv could not wait to try one. I prefer to make large cookies but still ended up with 20 or so which we took around to friends the day after. Apparently the cookies make a for a great hangover cure!
It was quite easy to chop the pieces of Dairy Milk into smaller chunks, albeit there was a slightly slip up at one point, my finger has recovered though thankfully! I wouldn’t have thought about using this particular chocolate before in my cookies and would normally have plumped for prepared chocolate chips… I am a convert though and will definitely risk my finger again in the future. I had purchased some chocolate chips, but did not use them in the recipe. The richness of the Dairy Milk added a little something extra to the cookies – the Cadbury Drinking Chocolate was a fantastic addition also.
I have always been a fan of Dairy Milk chocolate and it is actually nicer to cook with this chocolate as opposed to bitter chocolate chips. Albeit it is time consuming to cut the Dairy Milk into smaller chunks I know the end result will be all the better for it. I did have to purchase a bar of Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut, for tasting purposes only, as it is my favourite chocolate.
Liv is a fan of Dairy Milk too, but she knows to stay away from my Fruit and Nut stash…