Monday, August 07, 2006

Chocolate Rum Cookies

Celebrating with Cookies

Grades are out and I got an A. Yay. To celebrate, I baked these cookies.

Chocolate Rum Cookies

1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup nuts & dried fruits (or as much as you want)
1/2 tbsp corn flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
Jamaican dark rum

Procedure :

Finely chop or coarsely ground (pulse 3-4 times in the mixer) the nuts & dried fruits and soak in Jamaican dark rum for minimun 1 day, maximum for couple of months. Store in the fridge in a air tight container. In a big bowl, beat an egg. Add all the remaining ingredients to it, plus a couple tsp of the rum in which the nuts were soaking, then slowly mix in the melted butter at the end. Mix together thoroughly with a rubber spatula, so that no flour streaks are seen and you get a glossy dough.

Make walnut sized balls, flatten and place 1" apart on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for about 12 min at 425 F, in upper 1/3rd of the oven. Cool & store. Makes 12 good sized cookies.

Verdict :

Easy to put together and good to eat. Cakey texture, not too sweet. Distinct rum flavor (that goes nicely with chocolate...), especially when you bite into the bits of dry fruits plumped up with the rum ;). Check the batter as you are forming the dough and add more brown sugar, if you want it sweeter.

Variation :

If children are going to eat these, skip the rum. Instead add 1 tsp vanilla

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