Tis the season for gift giving. Even better if those gifts are baked, sweet and delicious! That’s why as soon as I found a cookie swap that was open to people in the UK I thought…where so I sign up! The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap is hosted by Love & Olive Oil & The Little Kitchen and all money raised goes towards the US based Cookies for Kids Cancer charity.
The cookies I made this year come from the Top with Cinnamon cookbook, but with a little spin on the recipe, of course. I adore malt flavoured things, especially biscuits – those really plain Malted Milk biscuits are one of my favourites – so I opted to add a little malt powder and I didn’t bother browning the butter because a) I’m a little lazy and b) I didn’t want to distract from the malt and the chocolate by over complicating things.
A little side note about the chocolate is that I picked up a bag of chocolate chips from a local Chocolatier, based here in Inverness town centre. The Chocolate Place is a lovely little shop at the end of Academy Street with some delicious looking chocolate gifts, perfect for stocking fillers! Take a look at their website as they have an online shop which delivers throughout the country. The chocolate chips were great, I always go for dark chocolate in baking and these had a deep flavour with that hint of bitterness that you need.
Back to cookies! One of my favourite things about this cookie swap has been getting to know some UK based bloggers. I’ve always known there were lots of talented bloggers out there on my shores but seeking them out is not always easy. The first batch of cookies to arrive were Oat and Maple Biscotti from Tina at The Worktop. Tina had packaged them up in a cute takeaway style box and included a recipe card so I can whip up a batch myself! Thanks Tina, I loved them. I also love your blog and look forward to sharing a recipe with you soon.
Next up were Chocolate Peppermint cookies from Sarah at Taming Twins. As per her instructions I microwaved the cookie for 10 seconds before tucking in and the oozing chocolate centre was wonderful! Thanks Sarah. My last batch of cookies arrived from Helen of Honey Place and were some yummy, Christmas-y fruity biscuits which didn’t last long at all. Thank you Helen!
- 140g butter, melted
- 230g plain flour
- 240g golden caster sugar
- 2tsp malted drink powder
- 3/4tsp baking powder
- 3/4tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2tsp salt
- 1 egg
- 150 g dark chocolate chips (or dark chocolate chopped in to chunks)
- sea salt for sprinkling
- Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (170 degrees fan). Line two trays with greaseproof paper and set aside.
- In a large bowl whisk together the flour,sugar, malt powder, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt until combined. Stir in the melted butter, egg and vanilla extract. Once almost combined fold through the chocolate chips.
- Form the dough into 16 equal balls (about 40g each if you want to be uber picky!) and lay out 8 on each tray. Lightly cover with cling film and place in to the freezer for 1 hour. If your freezer can't accommodate baking trays just arrange the balls in a plastic tub or on a plate, if you have to stack them add a layer or cling film to stop them sticking.
- Remove from the freezer and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before placing cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.