White Chocolate Blondies

Recently I’ve seen lots of recipes across the blogging world for blondies. I must admit, prior to seeing these posts, I had never heard of a blondie! From what I can tell, a blondie simply is a brownie but without the chocolate. It really makes sense when you think about it! Anyway these were really yummy and a nice change to your usual chocolate brownie. However, the only thing that disappointed me was that the white chocolate sank to the bottom of the brownie so I didn’t get the perfect brownie with the chocolate evenly dispersed as I had imagine. Nevertheless, from my research, a tip is to supposedly dust the chocolate in flour before you add it to the cake batter. Perhaps keep that in mind!

INGREDIENT
225g Caster Sugar
4 Large Eggs
225g Butter, melted
150g Plain Flour, sifted
200g White Chocolate, chopped

METHOD 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4. Grease and line, ideally a 20cm baking tin.

2. Beat together the sugar and eggs until pale.

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3. Melt the butter and gradually add to the sugar and eggs a little at a time.

4. Sift in the flour and fold with a metal spoon.

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(Don’t panic if your mixture looks like this! Keep going!)

5. Chop up the chocolate and carefully fold into the batter.

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6. Pour into the tin making sure the chocolate is evenly distributed. (I saved a little chocolate back to add on top once the batter was in the tin) Bake in the centre of the oven for 35 to 40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.

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7. Leave to cool in the tin before removing. Cut into squares and dust with a little icing sugar.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

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American Cookies

You must know by now that I like a cookie or two. To me an American Cookie is one of the best, the crunchy outside is perfect against the soft, chewy centre that’s oozing with chocolate. It’ll always be a winner to me!

american cookies

INGREDIENTS
250g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
170g unsalted butter, melted
200g dark brown soft sugar
100g caster sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
Milk & White Chocolate Bars (As much as you like!)

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to 170 C / Gas mark 3. Grease and line two or three baking trays.

2. Sift together the flour and salt. (The recipe also said bicarbonate of soda, but reviews said it gave the cookies a strange taste, so I left it out!)

3.In a separate bowl, mix together the melted butter, brown sugar and caster sugar until well combined. Beat in the vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy.

4. Mix in the sifted ingredients. Break the chocolate into chunks and stir into the mix. (Roughly I used a big bar of milk chocolate and a big bar of white chocolate.)

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5. Place a generous tablespoon of the cookie dough on the tray, making sure there is plenty of room between the cookies to than can spread as they cook without getting stuck together. The recipe suggests 18 cookies, I think I managed about 14, so just judge as you go how far you can stretch the dough to.

6. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Don’t be tempted to bake them longer as you’ll lose the chewy texture. Cool on baking trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Original Recipe American Chewy Cookies | Previous Recipe Nutella Marble Cake |

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Triple Chocolate Cookies

I LOVE a good cookie. They’re one of my favourites. Any kind of cookie will do, they’re just the best! You can’t beat a cup of tea and a cookie!

TRIPLE CHOCOLATE COOKIES 

TripleCookies

INGREDIENTS
200g Unsalted Butter
300g Caster Sugar
1 Large Egg
275g Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
75g Cocoa Powder
100g White Chocolate Chunks
100g Milk Chocolate Chunks
100g Dark Chocolate Chunks
Splash of Milk

METHOD 

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 6. Grease and line at least two baking trays.

2. Cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy.

3. Add in the egg, and then gradually sift in the flour. Add the cocoa powder.

4. Add in all the chocolate chunks with a generous splash of milk if the mixture is too dry.

5. Combine all the ingredients together.

At this point you may wish to listen to a little One Direction.
(Completely optional, although it is encouraged!)

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6. Roll the mixture into about 12 decent size handfuls and place on a baking tray. Make sure there is space between each cookie as they will get BIG! You don’t want them all stuck together!

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7. Bake in the oven between 12 to 15 minutes. Don’t be tempted to cook them longer as although they’ll be soft when they come out the oven, they will harden as they cool.

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

| Recipe from Vivianna Does Make Up – The Cookie Monster |

Chunky Chocolate Cookies

You’d expect that on a Saturday night, most 18 year olds would be out and about partying with their friends, and even better, if their home alone, bring the party to them. Yet this weekend, whilst I had the house to myself, I decided bake some cookies, wrap myself up in a snuggie and hang out with Harry Potter on the telly. That’s what I call, a wild night in!

CHUNKY CHOCOLATE COOKIES

Chocolate Cookies

INGREDIENTS:-
125g butter, softened
100g light brown soft sugar
125g caster sugar
1egg, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
225g self-raising flour
A good pinch of salt
2 bars of chocolate , one white chocolate, one milk chocolate, roughly 200g altogether

METHOD

1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4 ensuring the shelves are in the centre.

2. Line two trays with greaseproof paper using a little butter.

3. In a bowl, combine the butter with both types of sugars until soft and creamy.

4. Add in an egg that’s been lightly beaten, as well as the vanilla extract and mix.

5. Gradually sift in the self-raising flour, along with a good pinch of salt.

6. Chop roughly 200g of white and milk chocolate (I may have been a little generous and added more!) and add to the dough.

7. Roll the cookie dough into small balls (about the size of a walnut) and place on the baking tray, giving each cookie a little press to flatten them down slightly. Don’t place the cookies too close together as they will spread and stick together! On average, this mix makes 12 cookies although I managed to make 14.

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8. Bake in the oven for 7 minutes for a chewy cookie or if not 10 minutes, until golden brown.

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9. Leave to cool before transferring to a wire rack.

10. The only thing left to do now is eat!

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Enjoy!

– Charlotte x

Recipe from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/1580654/millies-cookies-recipe

|Previous Recipe Cadburys Chocolate Cupcakes |

Cake Pops

I’ve had this post planned for a while however I’ve been unsure how to write it since cake pops can be made in so many different ways. Cake Pops are one of the latest crazes – they’re so simple to make, really fun (although time consuming!) to decorate and are very very easy to eat! To make my cake pops, I decided to invest in a snazzy machine however you can use silicone moulds or simply bake a sponge and roll the cake pop balls yourself. All of which produce yummy pops!

Cake Pop Machine
Cake Pop Maker, £20, Next at Home

On my first attempt I tried the recommended recipe that came with the pop maker however I thought it tasted more like a pancake mix so instead I decided to follow just a Victoria Sponge recipe.

INGREDIENTS
Cake:-

– 6 oz Softened Unsalted Butter
– 6 oz Caster Sugar
– 6 oz Self-Raising Flour, Sifted
– 3 Eggs
– Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

Decoration:-
– Plain Chocolate
– White Chocolate
– Your Choice of Decoration (Sprinkle Stands, Hundreds & Thousands, Icing Shapes….)

**This recipe can be used for either method whether you’re using a machine, silicone mould, or just baking a cake**

METHOD

1. In a bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until a smooth paste forms which is pale in colour.

2. Gradually sift in the self-raising flour, adding an egg each time.

3. Add in the vanilla essence and give a final stir.

4. Equally divide the mixture between the moulds and if using a cake maker bake for around 5 minutes or as instructed in the manual. Otherwise bake for around 20 minutes in the oven – gas mark 4. Cake Pops5. Once your cake balls are ready, place each of them on a stick and then it’s time for the fun part – decorating! Melt the chocolate either over a simmering saucepan or in the microwave and decorate in anyway you fancy! I’ve learnt that it’s best not to double dip the cakes in chocolate since they can become quite heavy and so become messy.

I’d recommend that you find somewhere to place the cake pops up right once decorated so that the chocolate doesn’t run down the stick. As you can see I’ve made a make shift holder for my cake pops from a wire rack and a bowl!  Cake Pops

Cake Pop

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Enjoy!