G'Day dear friends! Welcome to Natasha In Oz and welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune post.
Has your life been as unbelievably busy as mine lately? I feel as though I have been racing around like a mad thing all week! I have had to do some substitute teaching (there must be lots of sick teachers around....flu season has obviously arrived!), I have had to help my kids with homework, do the usual household duties, cook, go marketing and manage the family....I seemed to be everywhere for everyone this week....
I don't know about you but when I am feeling stressed and I need to relax, I listen to some music and head to the kitchen...not to eat but to bake and cook! Yesterday I decided to make some cookies, but not just any old cookies....
Chocloate Ugly Cookies
115 grams or 8 tablespoons of butter,
200 grams or 8 oz of dark chocolate,
50 grams or 2 oz of chopped unsweetened chocolate and
1 cup of white chocolate chips
3/4 cup of sugar,
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract,
11/2 cups of self-rising flour (or you can use plain flour and add 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder)
a pinch of salt.
First set your oven to 350F or 180C and line 3 baking trays with baking paper. In the top part of a double boiler, over hot, not simmering, water, melt the butter with the chocolate. Remove from heat, and let stand until tepid, about 10 minutes.
You can also take the quick option and melt them very slowly on low heat in the microwave...that is how I did it!
Using a hand-held mixer set at high speed, beat the eggs and sugar for about 2 minutes, until light and foamy.
Beat in the vanilla and chocolate mixture, just until blended. Stir in the flour, baking powder if you are using it and salt. Then stir in the white choc chips.
Now, at this stage you might be looking at this runny batter and panicking-don't! It is meant to be a bit runny. Drop rounded tablespoons of the dough about 1 inch apart, on the prepared baking sheets for a fudgy and flat cookie, or refrigerate the dough for a couple hours for a puffier cookie that doesn't spread as much.
I added some sprinkles to some...to make the uglies a bit prettier!
Bake the cookies for about 10 to 12 minutes or until they’re slightly cracked. The cookie needs to remain soft and gooey inside.
The whole family loved these cookies!
I love this recipe and I know that my family will want me to make these again! I also loved singing along to some of my favourite songs as I cooked. One song I love to play when I need to lift my spirits is "Up" by Shania Twain.
When everything is goin' wrong
Don't worry, it won't last for long
Yeah, it's all gonna come around
Don't go let it get you down
You gotta keep on holding on
Please enjoy today's Tuesday Tune!
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