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Chopped nuts and chocolate

On Saturday, we had a Great Baking Day in our house. My sister, the Red-Haired Yogi made the most amazing cookies from a recipe that came in the Guardian newspaper last week. I have to say, I was a little dubious about the brazil nuts, but they turned out incredibly well. You could use other nuts like pecans or walnuts or something, or leave out the nuts altogether and use a bit more chopped chocolate.

125g unsalted butter, softened
225g light soft brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium egg
25g cocoa
¾ tsp ground cinnamon
175g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
200g dark chocolate, chopped roughly into big chunks
150g brazil nuts, roughly chopped

Put the butter, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and beat until smooth. Beat in the egg, then stir in the cocoa and cinnamon. Add the flour and soda, work until combined, then mix in the chocolate and nuts, hands are good for this.

Pinch off balls of dough the size of a ping-pong ball and roll between your palms until smooth.

Ready to go in the oven

Put on a prepared baking tray. Heat the oven to 170C and bake about 10-12 mins.


These are best when you eat them still warm and melty, but they also go very well in a lunch box.

  * This isn’t my lunchbox. It’s a biscuit tin.