Sunday, 11 March 2012

Chocolate & Prune Cookies - Don't Knock It 'til You Try It!

Chewie-yummy-almost-healthy-cookies. I first saw these in Violet Cakes, I was intrigued and inspired to make my own free-form version. Prunes are often associated with healthy bowel functions and I have shied away from them  in the past, but the truth is any are sweet, sticky and versatile. It may sound like a strange combination, but it gives a nice twist to the standard choc chips cookies. 

The Ingredients
125g unsalted organic butter or soya / olive spread
175g xylitol
1 medium egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
150g buckwheat flour
1/2 tsp gluten free baking powder
Pinch of salt
50g xylitol chocolate
50g soft pitted prunes

The Method
Preheat oven to 190oC. Place baking parchment on a baking tray.

Sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a large mixing bowl.

Chop chocolate into small chunks and slice the prunes as thinly as possible. Then add the chocolate and the coconut in the flour and mix until evenly dispersed.

Put the xylitol, egg and vanilla into a measuring jug and mix well.

Gently melt the butter, once melted completely, add to the xylitol/egg/vanilla mixture and stir thoroughly.

Add the butter mixture to the flour mixture and stir until well and evenly combined. The result is a relatively runny mixture. 

Using a dessert spoon dollop 12 lumps of cookie mixture onto the baking tray and shape into rough cookie-like shapes with your fingers. This make 12 quite large cookies, you can make 14-16 small cookies if you like, really depends on how greedy you are feeling at the time of baking.  

Once ready place into the oven for 20 minutes.Once baked place on cooling rack and they will soon be ready pop in your cake hole... all pleasure, no guilt! 

It looks guilty, but its innocent really!

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