Hazelnut and dark chocolate cookies

Baking isn’t something that will regularly appear on the blog, but for a few weeks now I’ve been determined to use up the excess hazelnuts I toasted in order to make pesto.

Marc bought loads of porridge oats a while back (they’re the same ones that went into my bircher muesli), and I picked up some bargain chocolate at ASDA. The hot butter in this recipe causes the chocolate to melt into the mix, giving them a beautiful dark colour. It does make judging whether they’ve cooked enough tricky, though.

Powdered ginger I’ve had in since I experimented in making rhubarb crumble last year, and I did have to fork out for golden syrup. But I got the proper, squeezy Tate & Lyle stuff, so will definitely make use of this in porridge, on toast – and in countless more cookies.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Makes: 8-10

Ingredients:

  • 75g self-raising flour
  • 75g porridge oats
  • 75g caster sugar
  • Toasted hazelnuts, chopped (roughly half a handful?)
  • 50g dark chocolate (30p/100g, ASDA), chopped into bits
  • 1tsp powdered ginger
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 1tbsp golden syrup (£1.25/600g)
  • 1tbsp milk

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 180C. Line a baking tray (or two) with greaseproof paper.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, sugar, hazelnuts, chocolate and ginger in a bowl.
  3. Melt the butter, golden syrup and milk in a saucepan and stir until heated through.
  4. Pour the butter mix into the dry ingredients, and mix until well-combined with a spoon.
  5. Spoon the mixture onto a baking tray. Leave them in little mounds, as they’ll spread as they cook.
  6. Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes, then remove and leave to cool on the trays for at least 5 minutes to firm up.
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