Okay so technically, this isn’t baking. I mean it will be once it has been gifted then used but in it’s current state it can hardly be called baking. It is however, a lovely, inexpensive, fast and fun idea for a christmas present. It is also a little bit more personal than a gift voucher and a lot more tasty than a $2 advent calendar.
I saw this general idea a couple of months ago and had it saved on my ‘to bake’ list (at the end of the day it’s still food I suppose so it can go on that bake list and there is nothing anyone can do about it) and when I completely ran out of time today for the fourth bake day of christmas I thought, the time is now.
This will also ruin the surprise I had intended for a couple of people but I’m sure they will live (and hopefully still like it). I apologise to you ‘unknowing person’ in advance, having no time forced me into a corner of choosing something that took literally five minutes. However, I am determined to stand by my seven days of baking christmas so this post shall run and it shall run BEFORE it is given as a christmas present. The good news is it isn’t all decorated so there is still a little bit of a surprise left. In a way.
DIY: Double Chocolate Cookies
Adapted from Confessions of a spoon
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon cornflour
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 250 grams block of chocolate, roughly chopped
Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, cornflour and salt into a bowl. Pour this into a 950ml capacity jar and make it relatively flat. Pour brown sugar on top, level. Repeat with white sugar.
Fill the rest of the jar up with your choice of chocolate. Make sure the jar is closed tightly and include these instructions:
- Preheat oven to 180˚C and line a baking tray
Pour contents of jar into a bowl.
Melt 120 grams of butter and lightly beat an egg; pour both into the bowl.
Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and stir to combine.
Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden. Allow to cool on a rack and enjoy!
- Add 1/2 cup of desired nuts and top up with chocolate until full
- Add 1 tablespoon of cocoa for a triple chocolate recipe
- Add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and cloves for a spiced, ginger nut flavour.