The idea was to make quick chocolate cookies from one of my recipe books; the choice fell on “how to be a domestic Goddess” by Nigella Lawson the great cake maker. I found a recipe that involved less than 5 ingredients, took 30 minutes to make including the baking, and less than 10 minutes to eat!
I then figured that such a recipe could be amended a bit, which is where my Leelou creative instinct gets a kick! what if I substituted the cocoa with a totally different flavor? I couldn’t go that wrong, especially that the base was proven to be good.
So here is the original recipe from Nigella Lawson, and next my adaptation;
2 cups self rising flour (if you have normal flour, then add 1 tsp Baking powder)
2 Tablespoon Cocoa powder
1 cup + 2 tbsp soft butter
7 tbsp sugar
a pinch of salt (I added this to give it an extra punch!)
- Heat the oven at 200 degrees Celsius.
- Mix flour, cocoa & salt together and set aside.
- Cream the butter and sugar (either with a mixer, or the old fashion way; by cutting the butter in tiny bits in the sugar, then working it with a wooden spoon until it gets creamy ) add the flour mix to it and work the dough into a ball. Make small balls out of the dough (walnut size) and place on a baking sheet. Then with the back of a fork press down the balls a bit; it will give them a flatter look and stripy design once baked.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes. Cocoa cookies become very dark, and it can sometimes be difficult to see if they are done;that is why I always take one out of the oven, let it rest for a minute on a cold surface and taste the consistency before removing the rest of the cookies. Place the cookies on a cold surface to cool down before indulging them!
- Keep in an air tight container (preferably metal box; it keeps them crunchy).
Lemon and ginger version:
- Substitute the cocoa powder with zest of a whole lemon and 2 cm grated fresh ginger.
- If you do not find fresh ginger, use dry ginger instead; 1 tsp will do. Follow the recipe as above.
I am sure those of you who are venturous would like to try this recipe with other flavors; cinnamon spices, licorice, coffee are among interesting ones. The base of the recipe is so easy, even a child can make it. Try to be bold and let me know how it turns out!