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Chocolate Biscuits with Soft Chocolate Centres

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Happy Days with the Naked Chef

Published by Michael Joseph/Penguin

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

This is a great recipe to do with kids, as it’s very simple and good fun putting the top circle over the chocolate and squashing the edges gently together to stop the chocolate escaping when it cooks. This is quite a dry mixture, but don’t worry, they are meant to look a bit cracked and rustic, so you can’t really go wrong! If you eat these when they have just been cooked the chocolate is quite runny, and if you eat them cold they are nice and gooey. You’ll need two cutters, one about 4cm/1 ½ inches and the other about 5cm/2 inches.

Makes30 biscuits

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert, snack

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Mealkid snack

Moodblue

Taste and Texturebuttery, chocolatey, rich, sweet

Type of Dishchocolate dessert, cookie, dessert

Ingredients

  • 140g/5oz butter
  • 140g/5oz caster sugar (granulated sugar)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 255g/9oz self-raising flour
  • 30g/1oz cocoa powder
  • 30 squares of chocolate (milk, white or plain)

Instructions

  1. Grease a large baking sheet. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Beat in the egg yolks, then add the flour and cocoa powder to make a dough. Turn out and knead, then pop it into the fridge for a while. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5.

  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll about a third of the dough out thinly, then cut out about 30 circles with the smaller cutter (you can do fewer if you want the biscuits bigger). Spread them out on the baking sheet and put a square of the chocolate in the middle of each one – make sure you use all of the chocolate however many you do. Then roll the rest of the dough out (I always add the leftovers from the first lot of cutting to it and knead it a bit). Cut out the same number of circles with the larger cutter and pop them on top of the chocolate, pressing gently all the way round to seal the edge and keep all the chocolate in.

  3. Cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, and eat them hot or cold.


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