The recipe for Midnight Cookies has to be one of my faves. It uses basic ingredients you probably have sitting in the pantry, is a simple ‘mix everything in a bowl’ then bake recipe, and makes a delicious chocolatey biscuit (that doesn’t actually include chocolate, so if you are craving chocolate but there’s none around, mix up some of these). This variation includes chocolate pieces as I had some in the cupboard and desiccated coconut. They are pretty darn delish!
Makes about 20.
125g butter, softened
175g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
35g cocoa powder
125g chocolate chips
35g desiccated coconut (or try shredded coconut if you want the coconut to be more noticeable)
½ teaspoon baking soda
Preheat the oven to 180°C and line several baking trays with baking paper.
Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix until smooth. Add in the flour, cocoa, chocolate chips, coconut and baking soda. Beat until well mixed.
With dampened hands, roll teaspoon sized pieces of the dough into smooth balls. Place on the baking sheets, spaced well apart. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 – 12 minutes, or until set. Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely before serving.