Vikki’s Valentines Cookies

Cookies

Nothing says ‘I love you’ like homemade cookies. These may just look like your normal, gooey chocolate cookies but the hidden nutty layer inside is the real show stopper. We dare you to try them and limit yourself to just one :)

We used an Italian Hazelnut Spread but you can use Peanut Butter, Nutella or hazelnut spread. If you have a nut allergy you can always try a chocolate spread or forgo the hidden butter for some super yummy chocolate cookies!

Makes 20 cookies:

Ingredients:

  • 200g Plain Flour
  • 1tsp Baking Powder
  • 175g Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 50g Cocoa Powder
  • 200g Light Brown Sugar
  • 100g White Sugar
  • 1 Egg plus an extra Egg Yolk
  • 200g Milk or White Chocolate cut into chunks
  • 150-200g of nut butter

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and line a couple of baking trays with grease proof paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl beat the melted butter, both sugars and the eggs until light and fluffy.
  4. Stir the butter mixture into the flour mixture (or vice versa depending on which bowl is bigger!) and stir until well combined.
  5. Then stir in the chocolate chunks.
  6. This is the tricky bit – Get your baking trays and start by adding a teaspoon of the dough to a tray. Create a well in the middle of the dough with the teaspoon or your little finger then fill this with your choice of nut butter – about half a teaspoon but this may vary with the size of your cookies.
  7. Then cover the nut butter with another layer of the dough and seal the sides so the nut butter is encased in the dough.
  8. Repeat this for each cookie and make sure to keep them spread apart on the baking tray so they have room to expand. You may need to bake them in multiple batches depending on the size.
  9. Once you have a tray of cookies ready to go in the oven, bake them for about 15 minutes until the edges are slightly brown but so they are still soft.
  10. Remove them from the oven and allow to rest on the trays until cool and then move to a wire rack. Be careful as they will be very hot and fragile when they first come out the oven.

Top Tip: For an extra treat eat them warm, straight out of the oven with ice cream for a tasty dessert or crumble them up for a luxurious ice cream sundae.


After the taste test in the office…

James says “Totally worth the impending cardiac arrest caused by eating 6!”

Jon says “They were very soft and chewy which is my favourite type of cookie”