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Chocolate Cream Cookies

By • Σεπ 15th, 2012 • Category: International

Although in my last post I mentioned that it would take a long time to have an internet connection, things turned out much easier than what we were originally expecting and got the telephone line installed a couple of weeks after we arrived.

It was a real odyssey to relocate and three weeks later most of our furniture and things have not yet been unpacked and it’s as if we haven’t moved yet.  I have just taken out of the boxes whatever is necessary to function  and it’s still going to take some time until I am back to regular blogging.   You can read about it in my other blog here.

A few months ago, Foodie requested its members to submit kid friendly recipes and a selection of these recipes were recently posted in their e-cookbook.  Three of my recipes were selected and published in their e-cookbook “Family Flavours, Favourite Recipes, from Foodie, which you can download for free.  You can find my recipes on pages 78 – 81 and  90 – 91, of the e-cookbook.

Based on one of those recipes, I have made a twist on the Savory Zucchini Cake. as when we moved I did not have all the ingredients at home and didn’t have the time to go to the supermarket but it turned out even better.

I have been preparing this post for many days now as I am part of the group at Baking Partners started by Swathi at Zesty South Indian Kitchen, so we had to post it today.

These Chocolate Cookies were supposed to be made with cream cheese and chocolate chips  but when I decided to make them when my daughter visited two weeks ago, I could not find the ingredients in the local supermarket, so I made some minor changes. I substituted cream cheese with cream, as cream cheese is made from cream, dark brown sugar with honey and chocolate chips with choco fruit which are raisins coated with chocolate and with Maltezers.  My daughter doesn’t like raisins, so when the cookie dough was ready I divided it  in half  and I added the choco raisins and in the other I added crushed Maltezers.

The cookies were delicious although they are not the normal cookies which are crispy on the outside and soft in the middle but are soft and have the texture of a cake cookie.  I did not strictly follow the recipe with the quantities given as I wanted to make a bigger batch to give some to my neighbour, who on several occasions gave me some fresh free range eggs as well as courgettes, okra (I have a new recipe to share) and eggplants and my daughter took the remaining with her to Athens.  To make a bigger batch I used all the butter (250 gr) as well as the cream (200 ml) and I adjusted the remaining ingredients.  While making the cookies I realized that I was out of baking soda and since I just had 1 tsp so I added baking powder as well.

They turned out delicious and they were thrilled with my gesture and they loved them.

I  am posting my recipe first but if you like to use the original recipe, you can find it at the end.

My version

Chocolate Cream Cookies, adapted from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Makes: 4 baking tins, about 80 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 480 grams all purpose flour
  • 3 2grams  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp (3g) salt
  • 250 grams unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 200 grams half-half cream 22% fat
  • 200 grams (1 cup) granulated sugar
  • 3 heaped tbsp Greek honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp (5ml) pure vanilla extract or 2 vanillins
  • 100 grams bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 100 grams choco fruit and 100 grams Maltezers, crushed or 225g of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C /350 F degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. You will have to use them twice.  By the time the second one is baking remove the first batch and add the third and then the fourth.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Heat the heavy cream and add the chocolate to melt and then add vanilla.  Set aside to cool.
  4. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle, beat the butter with granulated sugar.  Add the honey and eggs and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the melted chocolate and mix until blended.
  5. At low speed, add the dry ingredients as well as the chocolate chips or choco fruit and Maltezers.
  6. Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
  7. Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them two inches apart.
  8. Bake for 12 minutes until the cookies are just set.
  9. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

 

 

 Original Recipe

Ultimate Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies from Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ cups (255g) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (32g)  unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. (8g) baking soda
  • ½ tsp. (3g) salt
  • 2 sticks (226g) unsalted butter, softened slightly
  • 4 oz (113g) Cream Cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup (201g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110g) dark brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. (30ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tsp. (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 3 oz. (85g) bittersweet chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 8 oz. (225g) of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Procedure:

1.   Preheat the oven to 180 C /350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a bowl of a standing mixer fitted with the paddle, combine the butter, cream cheese, granulated sugar and brown sugar and beat until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat in the eggs, heavy cream and vanilla until blended. At low speed, beat in the dry ingredients.  Add the melted chocolate and chocolate chips and beat just until incorporated.  Cover the bowl and refrigerate the dough for at least 15 minutes or up to 2 hours.

2.   Scoop heaping tablespoons of cookie dough onto the prepared baking sheets, spacing them two inches apart. Bake for 12 minutes until the cookies are just set; shift the baking sheets for top to bottom and front to back half way through. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Note: The cookies can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,

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is I was born in Limassol, Cyprus and being married to a Greek, we now live in a small village near Nafplion. I spend most of my time cooking, photographing and publishing my recipes on my blogs Kopiaste (in English and Greek), which I started in August 2007 to pursue my passion in food. I am the author of cookbook "Mint, Cinnamon & Blossom Water, Flavours of Cyprus, Kopiaste!", a compilation of 150 Cypriot family recipes, available on all Amazon stores. The book is also available as an e-book. My new cookbook "Greek Delights" with over 250 recipes is also available on Amazon.
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10 Responses »

  1. Gorgeous cookies! They must have a wonderful texture and taste divine. Lovely view you have on those orange trees…

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. chocolate cream cookies looks divine, very perfect one.
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  3. They looking YUM OOO!! Love the idea of adding Maltezers..

  4. Perfectly baked cookies. Real chocolate’y treat.

    Divya’s Culinary Journey

  5. absolutely lovely post on these delicious cookies…………love ur pics :)
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  6. your cookies look fantastic!
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  7. Good job on this! Your cookies look so good!
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  8. I imagine the cream and the fact that you used a liquid sweetener would have made the cookies turn out very soft like they did.
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  9. Oooh these are fantastic! And I so much prefer cream to cream cheese (don’t really like the tang cream cheese adds) and LOVE Maltesers, so good call, Ivy! Bookmarked this recipe – my son will love them (so will I).
    Jamie recently posted..CINNAMON COCOA MADELEINES & HONEY MADELEINESMy Profile

  10. These cookies look so light and fluffy Ivy! And so irresistible!
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