Baking Chocolate Brownie Cookies

This week I attempt to bake:  Chocolate Brownie Cookies

Sorry for this late post. I’ve had a huge amount of work due in this week and I’m been fighting off a cold (blog post about which remedies work best coming soon.)

So here it is, my attempt at making chocolate brownie cookies.

The IngreIMG_7248 (1)dients

85g best-quality cocoa powder
400g caster sugar
125ml vegetable oil
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
250g plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
60g icing sugar

I couldn’t find my vanilla extract but I thought, oh that’s fine, nobody will notice. This was a BIG mistake. I also only did half quantities because I didn’t have room to make 72.  And because my other half can’t eat eggs, I used one egg and one portion of the egg substitute.

1. In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, caster sugar and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.

I did step 1 exactly. However, whenever I use the egg substitute, it makes the dough very dry I always add a bit of milk. I also decided to mix it with my hands because the wooden spoon always just get stuck to the mixture. I also didn’t think the lack of vanilla essence didn’t matter. Boy, I was so wrong.

I left the dough for 4 hours while I frolicked on Glasgow Green for four hours in the 18-degree heat. I  wish I had the video of me attempting to cartwheel in my wee dungarees. That’s for another time I guess.

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2. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4. Line baking trays with parchment. Roll dough into 2.5cm balls. Coat each ball in icing sugar before placing onto prepared trays.IMG_7303

3.Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the baking tray for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool 

I came back feeling full of Vitamin D and sunny vibes. I rolled up into little balls and put them into the oven for about but when I took them out the oven, this is where I realised my big mistake.

They tasted of NOTHING. Zero. Zilch. They were the most bland things ever. So if there’s one lesson I’ve learnt from this; ALWAYS PUT VANILLA EXTRACT IN YOUR FOOD WHEN IT TELLS YOU TO.  ALWAYS. IMG_7304

(Also, I will attempt to make these again when I have the right ingredients so watch this space.)

 

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