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I think these midnight cookies have finally perfected my cookie making! (fingers crossed)
I have to say I always have trouble getting the dough right so that they flatten properly but still stay gooey in the center, but I think i’ve finally finally cracked it! (much to my son and husband’s approval – although they never complain about being the official testers anyway!)
These are ideal for thank you gifts or bribery treats! (I always use them as the latter) because the kids (and husbands too) will definitely do as your told with these in your arsenal!
As I have learned with cookies it is all about doing it properly, so make sure you take your time sifting the flour and beating it properly and you will get some really delicious cookies you can be proud of!
and you will definitely get messy!
Onto the good stuff….
170g Caster Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
130g Plain Flour
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
You can always add in some chocolate chips or trade the cocoa powder for real dark chocolate to give them an extra richness (we don’t think they need them but I’m giving you your options! 🙂 )
Pre-heat the Oven to 180 Degrees
Beat together the butter and sugar
Add the egg and vanilla essence and beat together until creamy
Sift in the; cocoa powder, flour and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture
Mix until you get a sort of dough and it should look a little like this:
Now, using your hands, roll pieces of the dough into balls – the smaller the ball the smaller the cookie – this dough goes quite far so I wouldn’t go bigger than golf ball size!
*If you have trouble with the dough sticking to your hands, sprinkle some water on your hands and make them damp and it should help manipulate the dough*
Place on greaseproof (baking) paper with decent spacing in between)- the bigger the balls you have made, the more space you will need between them (I had to use two trays for these)
*I also like to pat them down a little so that they are “encouraged” to flatten in case they have other ideas!*
Put in the oven for 10 – 20 minutes
*The bigger the cookies, the longer they should go in – if you are unsure, try checking every 4 minutes*
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly (they will be too gooey otherwise and will start to break apart)
Transfer to a wire rack to cool
Eat – and stop yourself from finishing the plate!
If you are in the US then you can convert these measurements with my U.K to US Cooking Conversions (there’s a handy printable too, so you can save for later)