These chocolate cookies are delightfully simple. I like to make them when I get the urge for chocolate, but don’t have any real chocolate or chocolate drops (which also makes them a lot cheaper to make!). The colour and richness will depend on the type of cocoa powder used – I used a premium Dutch cocoa powder here, which is quite dark.
Makes approx. 12-14 biscuits (depending on size)
- 120g butter, at room temperature
- 50g brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- 160g plain flour
- 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Pinch salt
- Preheat oven to 170°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper or reusable baking sheet.
- Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla essence and beat again.
- Sieve in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt. Mix to combine.
- The mixture will be crumbly – add a tiny splash of milk if you need. Keep mixing and it will come together (I use a hand mixer for this). Once combined, use hands to form a dough.
- Roll out small balls of dough and place onto lined tray. Press down with a fork, and make a criss-cross pattern.
- Bake for approx. 12-18 mins depending on size of biscuit. Leave to cool on the baking tray for a couple of minutes to firm up, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.