Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Totally Chocolate Cookies (Nigella Lawson)

Can chocolate releases our happy hormones, endorphins?

Having you seen this video showing Nigella Lawson baking these extremely chocolaty cookies for her crying heart-broken friend? I laughed watching this dramatized clip... Ops! Although that I'm not heart-broken, the ironical me keep telling me that I need these soul-healing therapeutic cookies too! I'm thinking that I need these to be extra-happy - LOL!

Judging from Nigella's book, app and the way that she describes this recipe, I reckon this Nigella's totally chocolate cookie recipe has been always one of her famous, popular and favourite recipes so far. And, I reckon that I will be totally insane if I'm not baking these "happy" cookies!!!

In my opinion, you can't add any more chocolate into these super-chocolate-saturated cookies... Imagine, 34 of these cookies were made with 500g (about 1 pound) of dark chocolate and 25g of cocoa powder and there is more than 15g of chocolate in each cookie... Every single bite of these is very intense in its chocolate flavours and can be extremely heavenly for all chocolate lovers.

Before proceeding on to this recipe, I would like highlight something that I have noticed with this recipe.... I have baked this recipe a few times using different brands and types of chocolate and the different batches of cookies can turned out differently!!! As you can see, my baking friend, Jasline (Foodie Baker) at this post has baked a slightly different version too and hers are the chewy kind of cookies. Depending on the brand and type of chocolate used for baking, the cookies can be quite different in their texture, sweetness and flavours. If you are using the exact combination like what I did, these cookies are not too sweet at all. They are neither chewy nor crunchy... having the perfect crisp plus fully loaded with chocolate for our taste.

Attention all cookie lovers and chocoholic! Nigella is right! These totally chocolate cookies can really make you happy!!! Happy? Yes, I am!

totally chocolate cookies Nigella Lawson
My totally chocolate cookies
Check out the amount of chocolate that I used for this bake!
The cocoa powder that I used
Making the cookie batter
Baking the cookies
totally chocolate cookies Nigella Lawson

Here's the recipe mostly adapted from Nigella Quick Collection app or here

Make 34-35 medium size cookies
150g dark chocolate, preferably 70% cocoa 

(I'm using Callebaut callets with 70% cocoa; original recipe uses 125g)
150g plain flour
25g cocoa powder, sieved 

(I'm using Callebaut Dutch-process cocoa powder; original recipe uses 30g)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
125g soft butter
90g light brown sugar
50g white sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg, cold from the fridge
350g semi-sweet dark chocolate chips

 (I'm using Callebaut callets with 54 % cocoa)
Preheat the oven to 170°C / 325°F (or 160°C fan forced). Using a microwave, melt dark chocolate (with 70% cocoa).

Mix flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt together in a bowl. Using an electric mixer, cream butter and sugars. Add the melted chocolate and mix together.

Beat in the vanilla extract and cold egg, and then mix in the dry ingredients. Lastly, stir in the chocolate chips.

Place each tablespoonful of batter on a lined baking sheet about 6 cm apart. Do not flatten them. (The original recipe suggests scooping 15 mounds using an ice cream scoop but I prefer my cookies to be smaller as shown in my above picture)

Bake for 15 min until the sides of the cookies are lightly firm to touch. Leave to cool slightly on the baking sheet for 4–5 min, then transfer them to a cooling rack to harden as they cool.

Happy Baking
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  1. Daaaaaaaaaaamn, these look wicked good!
    And you don't mess around - I see you use the best cocoa.

  2. Can't resist chocolate, may I try some chocolate cookies? I love to see cookies with melted chocolate in it.

  3. Yum! I like the last photo the most. Got cheated by the outlook of these cookies, hehe. So the outer is crisp with moist inside! Like how the chocolate chips were melted! I'm so bad as I usually just grab the commercial brand like Cadbury/Nestle, nah, not up yo my dear Zoe's standard, hahaha, just kidding!

  4. wow.. 100% cocoa powder... wondering if I can get this here. If this aint gonna make anyone happy, I really dont know what will... ;)

  5. Hi Zoe! Yay chocolate cookies!! It's interesting how using the same recipe, we yielded different types of cookies! I think the size of cookies also contribute to the texture of the cookies - larger cookies tend to be softer / chewier in the centre while smaller cookies are a lot crispier.. not sure if it's true but that's what I've observed so far from all the cookie eating since young hahaha! Thank you for the mention in your post :)

  6. Hi Zoe,
    This is really chocolate overload! No wonder chocolate lovers are happy with these! They are choco perfect! Haha! My kids would love these, but am short of choc chip right now, will just have to wait until I replenish my stock!
    Meantime, pass me that basket first! :)

  7. Zoe, just looking at these cookies make me happy!

  8. I LOVE to see bloggers using GOOD chocolate and cocoa! And as matter of fact, YES, that last picture DID make me drool! Torture! Too hot to turn the oven on here! :(

  9. ivy sew http://simplybeautifulhealthyliving.blogspot.comAugust 20, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    So so yummy and tempting :)

  10. OMGoldilocks, chocolate heaven!

  11. Wow! I love the look of the melting chocolate chips in the last photo, look so delicious! I'd better resist baking these, I would end up eating most of them myself!

  12. Yummy and it's simple to make too! Who can resist these chocolate packed goodies...

  13. These cookies look totally decadent!

  14. These cookies looks, indeed, perfect for a broken heart, or not:)

  15. Wow, these DO look super chocolatey! Chocolate to the max! Love!!

  16. I'm in-love with this cookies.. I made something chocolate this week too.. but yours look so yummy! thanks for sharing the recipe, Zoe:)

  17. Oh I love the last picture showing the melted chips! How I wish I can bite into one right now!

  18. Hi Zoe, I love cookies like that. Gooey in the centre.... heavenly!

  19. Show your blog to my son and this is what he said "I want some, pls bake me". Chocolate is his favourite.

  20. buonissimi!!
    Un abbraccio forte e buon pomeriggio.

  21. I for sure am drooling all over the oozing chocolate...how can these cookies go wrong!

  22. these cookies look delicious Zoe!!

  23. Looks so yummy, love the chocolate oozing out!

  24. I'm sure these cookies would make anyone happy.

  25. Zoe,
    By looking at these chocolate cookies i am already very happy!!..lols!
    Yes, drooling looking at the last picture :p

  26. Sometimes a girl just needs some really, really chocolately dense cookies. Today is that day, Zoe. I'll take two!!! (one for each hand:)

    Thanks for sharing...

  27. hi Zoe,my kids asked me to bake chocolate chips cookies, but they requested for those with yellow 'body' LOL I guess i'll try this recipe and omit cocoa powder
    see how it turns out :P

  28. These look terrific! We need to make these. Interesting info about chocolate. I don't bake, but Mrs K R sure does, and she's always experimenting with different chocolates because they seem to work just a bit differently. Good stuff - thanks.

  29. I sure do a love a rich chocolate cookie, these look perfect!!

  30. pack them and send me a box please!

  31. More chocolate? Though I do like the melty bits.

  32. First time her! Awesome collection of nigella