Chocolate Christmas cookies
Brown butter, generous chunks of dark chocolate and toasted almonds make these an all-round winner. Bake a double batch: you’re definitely going to want some for yourself too.
- Prepare20 mins
- Cook20 mins
- Total time40 mins
- 250g unsalted butter
- 140g light brown soft sugar
- 140g granualted sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 280g plain flour
- 1 tsp fine sea salt
- ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 150g No.1 Madagascan 75% dark chocolate, chopped into chunks
- 150g roasted salted almonds, roughly chopped
- ½ tsp sea salt flakes
Melt the butter in a medium pan over a low heat; cook for 5-7 minutes, swirling occasionally until the butter foams, starts to smell toasty and you can see that the white solids have separated and turned brown. Pour into a large mixing bowl (you should now have about 200g butter) and leave to cool to room temperature.
Add the sugars to the cooled butter; whisk together with electric hand beaters. Add the eggs and beat until combined, then tip in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda; stir with a wooden spoon to form a dough. Stir through the chocolate and almonds, cover and chill for at least an hour.
Preheat the oven to 200ºC, gas mark 6. Line 4 baking trays with parchment. Divide the dough into 20 portions (about 55g each) and space out on the trays so the cookies have room to spread. Sprinkle with a little salt; bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges have turned golden. Leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely. These will keep for up to 10 days in an airtight container, but if you want to get ahead the dough can be frozen (see tip below).
Freeze the dough once portioned and bake from frozen when needed – just add a couple of minutes to the cooking time.
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