I have a confession to make. Yes, I love chocolate and even more so I adore chocolate & raisin cookies. But more to the point I love cooking with chocolate. It is a feel good food as we all know and I used to eat bucket loads of it during my three pregnancies. They say good dark chocolate is a source of iron, which always made me feel rather virtuous whilst scoffing my large bar of Lindt’s 70% by myself. It did get to be an expensive habit!
Whenever I need a recipe for anything chocolate related, I always seem to turn to David Lebovitz. He is my tried and tested sweet recipe maestro of the moment. I have made many a brownie, cookie and loaf cake following his instructions and they have all turned out to be superb. His mint chocolate brownies have given me quite a reputation, not to mention his heavenly cheesecake brownies.
I have quite a collection of dark chocoate chips in my cupboard at all times, so that I can knock up a batch of cookies when the mood takes me. These cookies are great AND you don’t have to have any eggs to hand as the recipe does not call for them, which was a surprise to me.
The recipe on David’s blog for theses cookies actually comes from Clotilde Dusoulier, she of the very well known food blog Chocolate & Zucchini. I have adapted the recipe slightly. I figured that I was not likely to find ‘cocoa nibs’ down the local supermarket, so I replaced them with raisins. I think next time I may even use dried sour cherries or cranberries to counteract the sweetness of the chocolate…….
Super dark double chocolate and raisin cookies
A delicious, chocolate raisin cookie perfect for chocolate chip cookie fans
- 125 g plain flour
- 25 g cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 140 g dark chocolate chips
- 50 g raisins
- 125 g unsalted butter at room temp
- 100 g light brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of sea salt
Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees for fan ovens
- Melt half the chocolate (70g) in a bowl over a pan of simmering water then leave to cool
- Mix the other half of the chocolate with the raisins and set aside
- Beat the butter until smooth
Add the sugar, salt and vanilla extract
- Add the melted and cooled chocolate
- Add the sifted flour, cocoa and bicarb of soda
Stir the mixture to combine then fold in the chocolate chips and raisins
Using a teaspoon, scoop up heaped balls of the cookie dough and place on a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Push the cookie dough down to flatten, it using a fork
Bake for 10-12 minutes