Saturday, 14 September 2013

Recipe: 3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookies

My daughter Pixie LOVES cookies. She's her Mama's daughter.

I was thrilled when I found that one of my favourite blogs, Here We Are Together, had started the most awesome children's cooking curriculum. I was even more thrilled when I found out that it was FREE!

Each week, a new recipe goes up, helping your children to learn basic, vital cooking skills; fantastic for creating a strong base on which to build their culinary skills. DaddyPixie and I feel that cooking is such a necessary skill for our children to acquire.

So, back to the cooking.

Each week teaches a new skill, so far mixing, stirring, chopping and melting.

The first one is an incredible recipe for chocolate cookies that is deceptively simple but oh-so-tasty! And it only has THREE ingredients.

I thought I'd share Pixie's latest foray into cookies with you.

3-Ingredient Chocolate Cookies Recipe

1. Preheat your oven to 200*C. Measure out 1 cup of chocolate spread into a microwavable bowl. We used Nutella because it is the Queen of Sweet-Sandwich-Spreads. No contest. (We have also made these with generic chocolate hazelnut spread, but don't tell the Nutella that.)

2. Heat the Nutella in 30-second bursts until it's much runnier. The original recipe does not include this next step, but Pixie found it far easier to stir everything together when the Nutella was liquid-y.

3. Whilst the Nutella is cooling, measure out 1 cup of plain flour and place in a large mixing bowl. Be careful as Small Children and flour are not the best match. My laptop still has flour in the keyboard.

4. Beat 1 egg, then pour into the flour.

5. Pour the melted Nutella into the mixing bowl, and mix everything together into a gloopy, chocolatey, mess.

6. Lick the spoon several times. As well as the fingers that will inevitably end up in the choccie mix. You're powerless to stop it, so don't even try.

7. Roll a tablespoon-sized amount into a ball using your hands, and then flatten the top with a fork. Place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper.

8. Place in the oven and bake for 8-10 minutes. We have a fan-assisted oven, so you may need to adjust temperature and length of time in the oven to suit you. Clean up your child who PROBABLY has a face covered in chocolate.

9. Once they've finished baking, distract your children with something, anything, and then come back and eat one of these whilst they're still hot. Divine.

10. Once they're cooled, I *suppose* you could let your children eat them, but don't feel obliged.


I presume these would keep for several days in an air-tight box, but frankly, our batches have never lasted that long. They do become crunchier as they cool, so do try and eat them whilst they're warm.

We've also added crunchy peanut butter to our mix on occasion, as well as walnuts, raisins and chopped glace cherries (a messy chopping experience for kids - use a small blunt knife and supervise them). Each one has been just as delicious, though Ru picks the cherries out of his!

So, enjoy the cookies and if you try them out, let me know in the comments what you thought!

Original Recipe can be found HERE on the Here We Are Together 'Cooking Curriculum'.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the heads-up! Cooking is such a vital skill! I love the idea of introducing skills one at a time like that. Will definitely be getting Nom involved next time I make minute-bread. Today Nom rediscovered the fact that food (plums, in this case) comes from trees. I always want her to know what food is and where it comes from. And to love it.