This cookie recipe has been tried, tested and tweaked by my brother, and for those of you who used to frequent his fruit juice bar, Mang’oz, in Cannes you may recognise them as something that used to sell out every day 😉
These cookies may not be for those trying to lose weight (although everything in moderation, remember?), but the good news is they are melt-in-the-mouth amazing, and are cheap to make.
There are so many variations of this recipe and we’ll be adding other versions over the next few months.
Finally a big thank you to my brother for sharing his recipe with us 🙂
- Wet base
- Butter - 115g (unsalted)
- Sugar - 130g (caster)
- Egg - 1
- Dry base
- Strong white flour - 220g
- Baking powder - 1/2 tsp
- Bicarbonate of soda - 1/2 tsp
- Pecan nuts - 50g
- Chocolate - 100g (dark)
- Vanilla - 1 tbsp (extract or paste)
- Prepare the "wet base" by mixing the butter, the sugar, the vanilla and the egg together
- Prepare the "dry base" by adding the flour, the baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda and mixing everything together
- Break the chocolate and the pecan nuts into small pieces and mix them with the rest
- Roll 8 balls and put them on top of greaseproof paper on a baking sheet
- Cook in the oven for 25 mn at 150ºC
Put the oven on at full whack. Get your food processor and all your ingredients ready.
Prepare the "wet base" first by cutting the butter into 6-8 chunks. Put the butter and the sugar in the food processor and slowly mix them together. If you have a plastic non-sharp blade instead of a sharp metal one (like mine in the picture below) it's better. Next add the vanilla and the egg and mix some more.
It's now time to add the "dry base". So add the flour, the baking powder and the bicarbonate of soda and mix everything together well. You'll end up with one big dough ball. If not push everything back to the bottom of the food processor and then everything will gather into one big ball. Do it several times if need be.
You now have the basis for the cookies. Let's give them some flavour! Spread the dough out on the bottom of the food processor. Break the chocolate by slapping the whole chocolate bar hard several times against the work surface with the wrapping still on, this will give you fairly large chunks of chocolate 🙂 Spread the chocolate chunks on top of the dough in the food processor. Slightly crush the pecan nuts with a pestle and mortar and spread them on the dough as well. If you don't have a pestle and mortar you can achieve the same thing by putting the nuts in the middle of a tea towel, grabbing the four corners, making a pouch of it, and smashing the pouch hard on the work surface. Don't crush the nuts too much though as you want to have small chunks of nut, not pecan nut powder! Mix everything well in the food processor.
Spread some greaseproof paper on a baking sheet. Split your big mixture ball into 8 smaller parts and roll them into balls.
Put the 8 balls on the greaseproof paper. I used two baking sheets with 4 balls on each. Don't flatten them out as when cooking they will melt and turn into the usual disc-shape that you are familiar with. So try to spread them out enough so they don't melt into each other. Be careful not to put them too close to the edges of the baking sheet either.
Put the baking sheet into the oven and cook for 25 minutes at 150ºC. They should turn a little brown. They will still be very soft when they first come out of the oven, so be patient and wait a little bit longer before getting your well deserved treat 😉
- You can replace half of the butter with some peanut butter or salted butter, depending on your own tastes.
- If you don't have a food processor you can do all the mixing manually in a big bowl but it's harder and takes longer. Especially the first step when you mix the sugar and butter. You have two options to make it easier: Soften the butter for a while at room temperature before mixing the sugar. Or you can seriously cheat by melting the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave, then mixing the sugar and putting everything in the freezer for 15 minutes.
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