Monday, July 30, 2012

Chocolate Cookies with Soft Chocolate Centres (Jamie Oliver)

I knew immediately that my son will love these when I first saw this biscuit recipe at Baby Sumo's blog, Eat your heart out. She came across this recipe through Jamie Oliver.com. True enough, this recipe is brilliant and my son loves these cookies very much!

Without a second thought, both my husband and son grabbed a few of cookies in their hands when these were freshly baked. After having the first bite of these cookies, my son was very happy seeing the chocolate filling!
"Look! Mummy. There is chocolate inside these cookies! Who taught you this?"

"Jamie Oliver!" I replied with a big smile in my face.

Totally agreed with Jamie Oliver that this is a great recipe to bake for kids. Although the cookie mixture looked quite dry and ugly when it was first made, it worked very well after resting for a while in the fridge.

Unlike Jamie's descriptions, my nicely shaped cookies didn't look too cracked and rustic. LOL! Being in the oven for just 10 min, the chocolate melt centres are not runny as described and they are slightly gooey only when they were warmed or freshly baked. When the cookies cooled down well in our wintery weather, the chocolate centres harden again and the cookies were not as good as they were with their gooey centres. So, remember to warm up these cookies before consumption...

Time has really files and this will be my last post for the Cook like a Star, Jamie Oliver blog hop event for July 2012. Being a big fan of Jamie Oliver, I'm happy that this month has been a huge success and hope that everyone is happy too cooking or baking Jamie Oliver's recipes. 

The next theme will be MasterChef for September 2012. To join, simply cook or bake any recipe (from the contestants, judges or even sponsors) from any MasterChef websites or cookbooks (any countries) and blog hop with us for the whole month of September 2012. So far, I've only browsed the most from the Australian MasterChef website and there are already more than enough for me to cook and bake at this moment... I hope everyone can be a MasterChef too at your own kitchen. Have fun cooking :D


My son loves these...
shaping the cookies
check out these freshly baked cookies... Yum!

Here's the recipe from Jamie Oliver.com (with my modification in blue)

Makes 30 biscuits/cookies

140g butter
140g caster sugar (I used raw caster sugar)
2 egg yolks
255g self-raising flour
(replace with all-purpose flour with baking powder)
30g cocoa powder (I used Dutch cocoa powder)
30 squares of chocolate (milk, white or plain)  
(I used milk chocolate melts assuming they melt much more easily...)

You’ll need two cutters to shape these cookies, one about 4cm/1½ inches and the other about 5cm/2 inches. (I used 4.8 cm fluted round cutter and 5.8 cm plain round cutter.)

Grease a large baking sheet. Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Beat in the egg yolks, then add the flour and cocoa powder to make a dough. Turn out and knead, then pop it into the fridge for a while. Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5.

On a lightly floured surface, roll about a third of the dough out thinly, then cut out about 30 circles with the smaller cutter (you can do fewer if you want the biscuits bigger). Spread them out on the baking sheet and put a square of chocolate in the middle of each one – make sure you use all the chocolate however many you do. Then roll the rest of the dough out. Cut out the same number of circles with the larger cutter and pop them on top of the chocolate, pressing gently all the way round to seal the edge and keep all the chocolate in. (Please refer to my note for my shaping method)

Cook in the preheated oven for 10 min, and eat them hot or cold.

Note: 

I have baked 15 cookies using half amount of this recipe. 

For this amount, I have used 130g of all-purpose flour plus 1 tsp baking powder. 

I have rolled my dough in between two sheets of baking papers. Instead of above shaping method, I have cut all circles with a 5.8 cm plain round cutter, sandwiched every two circles with a milk chocolate melt and trimmed the edges with a 4.8 cm fluted round cutter. My cookies were baked at 180ºC fan forced for 10 min.

Happy Baking

This post is linked to the blog hop event, Cook like a Star, organised by me, Bake for Happy Kids. To join, simply cook or bake a Jamie Oliver recipe and blog hop with us for the whole month of July 2012. For more details, please see this.


47 comments:

  1. Hi Zoe, this looks yummy! Will be sure to try them out in future. It had been fun cooking along in this blog hop and look forward to the next round in September :)

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  2. Zoe, these cookies looks delicious especially the filling, I bet my gal will love it too.

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  3. I love the look of this cookie too, especially the chocolate in between! Can imagine how delicious this is!

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  4. That cross section cut had me, these cookies must be absolute perfection :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  5. Oh goddd.... this loooks so yummy!

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  6. Hi Zoe, it has been a pleasure baking with everyone else too. Looking fwd to September now.

    Btw a friend of mine used 70% Lindt chococolate and she got a gooey centre with this recipe. I will try that and let you know if it works.

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    1. Thanks Baby Sumo! The next time I make these I will try to use eating chocolate instead of the cooking ones. I thought that chocolate melt will easy to melt but it harden back very quickly at this chilly season.

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    2. I think I will try this with a condensed milk with melted chocolate mixture (frozen into balls) for the centres. So gonna try this soon! Hope blogger lets my comment through!

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    3. That's a great idea, Emily! I can use chocolate truffles instead of plain chocolate stuffing. Your condensed milk idea is brilliant too!

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  7. This chocolate cookies with chocolate filling inside are so lovely. This is sure young kids' favourite.

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  8. One of the greatest chocolate cookies I have ever seen! And because of that shape they look even better :)

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  9. Lovely cookies, Zoe! With gooey choc in the center when eaten warm sounds really delicious! I would go this with a tall glass of cold milk! Yum!
    Looking forward to Masterchef!

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  10. That's right, I remember I saw the same recipe in Yen's blog before! You really took a quick move in making them yourself! This is my 2nd Cook Like A Star, I try not to give myself pressure for taking part so often becoz I can stress out easily at tiny things! But if I happen to see something that has been in my list that coincides with the blog hop event, I'll definitely take action & show some supports. I'm a big fan of Masterchef Australia, like you, I've marked down few recipes, so will definitely participate again in Sep. It's a shame that this year's Masterchef finished so quickly. I remember the 1st season had it for 3 months or more & on the 2nd season, it crashed with Poh's Kitchen on one of the week days but this year, Poh's Kitchen only starts in Sep whereas Adam Liaw's program will kick off on 16th Aug(if I'm not mistaken) on SBS!

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    1. Like you, I'm also a big fan of Australian cook show. I have a copy of Poh's and Adam's cookbooks and can't wait to see their new cooking shows launching soon :D

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  11. These look great! They look so soft and chewy. YUM!

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  12. Oh man, that surprise in the middle is the best! I'd love to dive right in to one (or two or three!) of these cookies!

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  13. That's brilliant...I love the hidden surprise in the middle! Definitely a great bake for kids, what's not to love! :-)

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  14. A chocolate inside the chocolate cookies ?! Me want some , too ! lol The shape's pretty ! Been wanting to buy a scalloped cutter :P

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  15. I've made these before! I think I was only about 12 years old (so that would have been 7 years ago!) but I remember that they were delicious!

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  16. What a surprise to have some chocolate hiding in the middle of the cookies! Looking forward for more wonderful posts from Masterchef. I miss the show so much....

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  17. I've made something similar with peanut butter in the middle, but I bet my husband would like these better.

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  18. These are made to perfection. Excellent bake. Well done!

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  19. how clever is that! choc within a chocolate! i guess your son must have eaten almost non stop at these cookies! i just realised today is the last day of the month, quickly post up the jo recipes..i quickly drafted the post and post it up in within an hour! phew! almost missed the dateline!

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  20. Hi Zoe! The cookies look absolutely delicious! Yum, I'm thinking of putting Reese's inside... chocolatey and peanut buttery! ;)

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  21. I forgot to mention that I've nominated you an award at http://foodismylife.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/re-bake-jamie-olivers-easy-chocolate-cake-and-an-award/ hope you like it! Take care!

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  22. Wow my kiddies will love this! I have been a fan of Jamie will have to make this soon : )

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  23. Chocolate cookies with chocolate filling sounds heaven to me, Zoe! Can you send me some???

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  24. Mmmmm... those gooey centres going cold is the perfect excuse to eat them all fresh from the oven! ;)

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  25. These cookies look great...and how cute your son quote :)
    Thanks for sharing this recipe and hope you are having a great week Zoe!

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  26. Zoe, thanks and I'm happy to bake along and cook like a start with you. Here's an award for you to grab.
    http://nothingbutangelinestory.blogspot.com/2012/08/a-good-start-and-nomination.html

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  27. Hi Zoe! Greetings from Pittsburgh :) Don’t you just love Jamie Oliver? He's the best! These cookies look so decadent!

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  28. Yummy!!!!I love that chocolaty surprise!Many kisses from Greece,dear!

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  29. What a delicious surprise inside! These look like the perfect cookie!

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  30. Fun recipe. A little bit of work, but pretty easy work. And they look spectacular! Thanks.

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  31. Wow what a great recipe, I can not see many people not liking these little gems. I would suspect it is tricky managing to keep any of these until they are cold, all be eaten in a flash once they are out of the oven!

    Angela

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  32. Hi Zoe, I love this, it look really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    The soft centre look like to die for type. :)

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  33. These look amazing, a double delicious treat!

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  34. What gorgeous looking cookies! It's been a while since I've made any so I will definitely have to try these! Thank you for visiting / following / liking my blog! Might have to join in the next challenge - although I will have to wait until I have finished watching Masterchef Australia as I am too scared to click on the Masterchef website yet as I'm pretty sure it's finished there now?! Trying so hard not to get spoiled!

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  35. Beautiful cookies Zoe....picture perfect, actually! And they look wonderfully fudgey! : )

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  36. I'm going to make them really soon! Pinned!

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  37. i'm going to try this. what is chocolate melts?

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  38. Hi Celyn,

    Chocolate melts are actually cooking chocolate that melt easily for cooking or baking. The chocolate melt that I'm using is Nestle and it is in the best size and shape to fit into my cookies. Cheers.

    Zoe

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  39. thanks. i'm going to try it soon. btw, i try your mooncake piglets, they are very nice and well received. if i lower the amount of syrup, do you think i need to increase the amount of oil?

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  40. Hi Celyn,

    I reckon the dough texture is highly depending on how much syrup that you are using and also the thickness of the syrup that you are using. The mooncake piglet dough can be quite sticky and might need extra flour to adjust its consistency. If you are reducing the amount of syrup very slightly, I wouldn't think you will need to increase the amount of oil.

    Cheers.

    Zoe

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