Cookies

Choc chip, Coconut & Salted Caramel Cookies

It’s been a minute since my last post, but I’m sure you’ve been feeling it too, this manic time of year, as we try to wrap everything up before year-end, really squeeze in as much as possible so we can have some sort of stress-free holiday 🙂

Nonetheless, I’ve still been baking, more cookies than anything else, because as you may know, my passion project has kicked off and I now finally bake to sell, with a strong focus on my popular American-style cookies.

With that said, I’ve been experimenting in the land of cookies and this was just…mind blowing! OK, close your eyes and imagine this…biting into a chewy cookie and with every bite, there are chunks of chocolate and coconut and a salty-sweet surprise – salted caramel! Yum, I know! Give it a go, I promise you’ll just LOVE it!

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Gingerbread Men

As a parent, you always try to find kid-friendly, enjoyable-for-all recipes. As a baker and a mother, I always try to find a recipe which is fuss-free and easy enough to rope the kids into – without creating too much mess and which wouldn’t flop due to the overhandling that is sure to happen due to kids excitement. Alas, I have found another recipe, perfect for kids to sharpen their baking skills with. It also has so many fun steps for them – creating the dough, pressing out the gingerbread men and later on, decorating them!

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Chocolate Sablé Cookies

I know, I know…another cookie recipe??! It’s quite evident that my cookie jar has been overflowing this past two weeks with all the cookies I’ve been making, which includes a New York style choc chip cookie which I’ll share soon.

Sablé cookies are basically French shortbread cookies and sablé in English means sand, which you’ll completely understand when you make these cookies as the texture of the dough is sand and soil-like. Sounds strange but I promise you these cookies are one of the best you’ll ever have and are chocolate dreams with a magical texture! Have patience with these cookies as well, especially because the texture is so different, you don’t want to over-mix them as they’ll be tough, just enjoy the process and trust me it’ll all be worth while. On that note, I’m going to dig into yet another and leave you with the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • 275g plain flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 200g unsalted butter, diced (room temperature)
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract OR 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 175g good quality chocolate (to your preference – i.e. dark or milk), finely chopped

Method: 

  1. Sift the flour, cocoa powder and bicarb into a bowl and add the sea salt, then stir together and set aside.

  2. Using an electric mixer, put the butter in the mixing bowl and beat until fluffy and light. Add the sugars and vanilla and beat together for approximately 2 minutes until smooth.

  3. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl and mix until you have a mixture that looks sandy then add the chocolate and mix to combine. The dough should then look like soil; it should not have formed into one large ball of dough. This is the key to getting the correct sable cookie texture. NB: if you mix for too long the biscuits will be tough.

  4. Tip out the mixture onto a work surface and gently press together to form a uniform dough. Divide the dough into two halves and roll into two logs, 4cm thick.

  5. Wrap the dough in cling-wrap and place them in the fridge, allowing to chill for 3 hours.

  6. Preheat the oven to 180C (160C fan oven) and line baking trays with baking paper or a silpat. Remove the dough from the fridge and using a thin, sharp knife, cut into rounds about 1cm thick. Place the cookies onto the baking trays and bake for 10–12 minutes until set around the outside but still soft in the center. If you dare, because they’ll be quite hot straight out the oven of course but I definitely recommend snatching one straight out the oven – it is a melt-in-your-mouth chocolate dream.

  7. Leave the cookies to cool on the trays for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  8. Once cool, leave as is or decorate according to your preference. The cookies will keep for up to one week stored in an airtight container.

  9. Enjoy!!!

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Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Looking for an easy, somewhat different chocolate cookie? These chocolate crinkle cookies definitely the answer, especially because the ingredients would most probably already be in your pantry – that’s if you, like me, are always stocked up with chocolate 🙂

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Choc-Chip and Marshmallow Cookies

I think I’ve made cookies every weekend for the past month and I have a number of excuses lined up but the truth is, I’ve been constantly craving a good cookie. Is it just me, or is it incredibly tough to find a delicious choc-chip cookie in Cape Town?!

If you think so too, I may soon be answering your prayers as I’m planning to start selling some of my baked goods, which includes cookies (the most delicious recipes I’ve conjured).

For now, here is the recipe for the choc chip and marshmallow cookie I whipped up today. This is the sort of cookie recipe you could throw anything into really, I just happened to have some marshmallows in the cupboard, staring at me… 🙂

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The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

I know…once again it’s been quite a while…

With juggling work, kids, etc., etc. posting recipes has unfortunately fallen at the bottom of the never-ending to-do-list.

Inspiring me to continue however, is Voice of the Cape AKA VOCFM whom have kindly asked me to share recipes with their listeners each week.

Last week on the show, I shared my go-to chocolate chip cookie and oh does everyone need a go to chocolate chip cookie! I love this recipe because, if followed perfectly, you will have a buttery, chewy, chocolate chip cookie, with a chocolate chip in every bite 🙂 The great thing is, it takes just 10min to whip together!  Continue reading

Double Choc & Macadamia Cookies

Happy 2017!!!

Most who I’ve spoken have said that 2016 was a brutal year. With all that is and has happened – the heartbreaking tragedy that is Aleppo, the disgust that is Trump, etc. We are living in quite an…interesting time… Anyway let me not get into politics, 2016 wasn’t all that bad for me, I was blessed with another daughter who is the sweetest, most chilled and content baby ever! Becoming a family of four has also been quite….interesting (chaotic, completely insane and absolutely beautiful all at the same time).

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Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

Isn’t it just amazing weather in Cape Town?! It’s been forever since I’ve defrosted 🙂 This beautiful weather has inspired me to finally post the utterly divine triple chocolate chip cookie recipe.

I attempted these yummy babies two weekends ago when I had a little baking frenzy.  They are delicious and even warranted a comment “Aunty Saadiyah, you make such nice things” from my adorable nephew Zaydaan 🙂

If you have kids, this is the perfect recipe to make with them as it’s simple and a visual feast. They’ll just loooooove throwing in the various types of chocolate and watching it whizz away. As with most of my posts, this is the answer for any chocoholic (note to self, I really need to curb myself with the chocolate in take).

If you’re looking for a place to purchase these different types of chocolates, I bought them at Value Baking Supplies – It’s a bakers heaven and I find their prices are much better than most of the competing baking supply stores.

Aaaaaand here you go:

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup mini or regular chocolate chips (I prefer chopping up dairy milk chocolate)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a large baking sheet with a silpat liner or baking paper – I used this incredible non stick sheet that I purchased at Lindt Chocolate Studio
  2. Place butter and sugars into an electric mixer and beat until light and creamy, approximately 2 minutes.

IMG_9968        3. Add egg and vanilla mixing until well combined. Add flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt, mixing to combine

4. Add all chocolate chips and mix to combine.

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5. With a medium ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto baking sheet, spaced apart and bake for 12-15 minutes, until baked through.

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6. Let cool on baking sheet for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Then it’s time to devour 😀

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Chocolate Nutella Cookies

Has it been a month? Two months? No….it’s been forever since my last post! It’s not that I haven’t been baking…there just hasn’t been time for me to whip out my creative hat and try a new recipe. This year has also just been a rollercoaster, as I’m sure it’s been for most of you, leaving us exasperated, thinking “where has half this year gone”. I can’t believe it’s June already, well despite the freezingly cold winter we seem to be having in the lovely Cape, I absolutely love June! The kid in me, as anyone would know, is still very much a part and alive within me, which makes it pretty easy for you to understand that I still get excited about my birthday…which is on 13 June…just putting it out there 🙂 cough, cough…hint, hint…

Last weekend I attended a Lindt Macaroon Workshop with my mother at the Lindt Chocolate Studio in old Cape Quarter and oh…my…golly…miss molly was it amazing! Chef Dimo Simatos demonstrated both the hot and cold method of making the absolutely mouth-watering macaroons along with quite a few filling variations from delectable ganaches to lemon curd.

It was definitely the workshop that ignited my longing to get back into the kitchen and whip up something chocolatey and delicious 🙂 With that stroke of inspiration, I made my first batch of Chocolate Nutella Cookies – which is basically two chocolate biscuits sandwiched with a generous layer of Nutella.

Enjoy!

xxx

Ingredients:

– 250g butter

– 250g castor sugar

– 5ml vanilla essence

– 3 eggs

– 500g cake flour

– 50g cocoa powder

– Probably a jar, if you really want to be generous 🙂

Method:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees and either grease your baking trays or line them with baking paper.

2. Cream the butter, castor sugar and vanilla essence until light.

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3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each.

4. Sift the cake flour and cocoa powder into the butter mixture. Mix this until combined, be careful to not over mix.

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5. Wrap the dough in clingwrap and refrigerate for at least one hour.

6. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and cut into desired shapes.

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7. Place onto the baking trays and refrigerate again for 10 minutes before baking for 15 minutes in the pre-heated oven.

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8. Remove from the oven and cool down slightly before transferring to cooling racks. Allow the cookies to cool down completely before sandwiches the biscuits with Nutella.

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