The Cookie Monster

I am the Cookie Monster. I could quite happily eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and regularly do so when a fresh batch is made up), and I can never pass a Ben’s Cookies without stocking up on one…..or two. Equipped with my cookie munching ways and averagely ok baking skills I’ve been searching for the perfect Ben’s Cookies-esque recipe and after some crumbly fails I’ve found one in this video. The guy’s a laugh and a half and the results bang on the buck – gooey on the inside, soft on the outside and a whole lot of chocolate wedged in between. To see everything in motion watch the aforementioned link, but if traditional recipes are more your thing then see my slightly adapted (read: more chocolate) ‘Triple Chocolate Cookies‘ how-to below…

Triple Chocolate Cookies, Makes 12: 200g unsalted butter, 300g caster sugar, 1 large egg, 275g self-raising flour, 75g cocoa powder, three BIG bars of chocolate (white, milk and dark), a splash of milk. 

Throw your butter into a bowl and whizz it in the microwave for a few seconds to soften, take out and add in the sugar. Mix with a spoon or electric whisk until creamy. Crack in an egg and mix some more, then throw in your dry ingredients: self-raising flour (no need to sift), cocoa powder and chocolate bars broken down into squares. Things might seem a little dry at this point so lug in a few drops of milk to combine the mixture into more of a dough if needed. Line two trays with baking paper, scoop the mixture into 12 handfull size balls and place far apart on the tray. Pop in a preheated fan oven at 220°C (200°C for non-fan) for 10 minutes. They will be super sloppy still when you remove them, but leave them to cool for around 30 minutes (if you can wait that long!), and they will stiffen up ready for your cookie eating pleasure.

If triple choc isn’t your style, then whip whatever additions you fancy into the mix; I’ve loaded the mixture up with a sprinkling of salt, a spoonful of peanut butter and a handful of peanuts to make a sweet ‘n salty treat and they tasted a’ok if I say so myself. Fellow cookie monsters, enjoy.