Friday, July 3, 2020

Tiny Batch Chocoholic Cookies

Craving chocolate but your diet can't stand a dozen cookies lying around? This recipe makes 3 palm-sized cookies packed with chocolate and studded with Smarties (or M&Ms if you arent fortunate enough to have Smarties). Baked until just set and still soft, it is a sweet pick me up perfect any day.

The women in my family are a collection of chocoholics. Even days like today, where it's 37°C (98.6°F) outside, I can be found sipping a hot chocolate in the evenings. My mom adds spoonfuls of cocoa and a sprinkle of dark chocolate to her yogurt in the morning, while my sister is partial to chocolate baked goods (especially brownies). However, we are picky about the cocoa we use in uncooked form - the milder Dutch processed type, while still bitter, doesn't have the same sour note as the natural kind, making it more palatable.

Of course, the best laid plans of mice and men disappeared when the pandemic hit - along with flour, yeast, eggs and - yes - our beloved cocoa powder. Desperate, we bought a small tin of the natural kind, but we lasted a whopping two days before we gave up and bulk purchased our usual kind. The tin was given to me to play with, so I looked up a handful of treats to make with it (including these cookies and these croissants). That said, even my relatively active family isn't immune to the "quarantine 15", so baked goods must be minimal in quantity (well, at least until N or D come by, then anything is fair game).

Enter these beauties. Now, I am not going to classify these as "healthy" in any way, but they are just what the doctor ordered in terms of comfort food. Yes, these are sheer decadence in the palm of your hand, and while the cookies may be large - as in palm-sized - there are only three of them so even if you feel the need to polish off an entire batch, you've still only eaten three! The batch size, coupled with the touch of antioxidants from the cocoa and fibre from the white whole wheat and chia seeds, definitely makes these an "okay for summer" treat in my books. If you really feel the summer heat, I'm not not saying that you could make 6 smaller ones and sandwich ice cream (or frozen yogurt) in between.... nope, not my idea at all!

Tiny Batch Chocoholic Cookies
Makes 3 large cookies
2 tbsp soft margarine
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp Truvia Brown Sugar Blend (or 2 tbsp brown sugar)
1 tsp honey
3 tbsp whole milk
1 tbsp ground chia seeds
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
3 tbsp natural unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch process)
1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
30 Smarties or M&M candies (or your favourite candy-coated chocolate), to top
  1. Combine margarine, sugar, Truvia, honey, milk, chia, vanilla and salt in a bowl until well blended.
  2. Add the baking soda, flour and cocoa powder, mixing well.
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  4. Cover and let stand 30 minutes at room temperature (or chill overnight).
  5. Heat the oven to 350F and line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  6. Scoop 3 large balls of cookie dough onto the cookie sheet, flattening slightly.
  7. Top each cookie with 10 Smarties.
  8. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes, until just set.
  9. Cool on the sheets for 15 minutes, then move to a rack and cool completely.

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