Thursday, 14 May 2009

Double chocolate freckles

Everyone is sure to love a pretty biscuit. I took a batch to work and my colleagues descended on them like a locust storm! So I thought I'd share the recipe. I found this in an M&S cookies book. Still available if you are in the UK. They look so cute and dark topped are best for grown ups. For kids I would probably top them with melted white chocolate.

Double Chocolate Freckles

125g butter softened
165g firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
225g plain flour
35g self raising flour
35g cocoa powder
200g dark eating chocolate
(for a sweeter version you could use white chocolate instead)

1 Beat the butter sugar and egg in a bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Sift together the dry ingredients then stir half at a time in to the sugar, butter and egg mixture.

3 Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth, roll dough out until 5 mm thick. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5 Preheat oven to 180c/160c fan assisted. Grease oven trays and line with baking parchment.

6 Using 3 cm and 5 cm rounds cut discs from the dough. place 3 cm rounds on one tray and 5 cm on another. Bake small cookies for 8-10 minutes then larger ones for 12 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

8 Melt the dark/white chocolate and spread on top of cooled cookies. Top with sprinkles. Leave to set at room temperature.

Yay! I just heard that one of my friends has had a sweet baby girl. So it looks as though I will be baking again very soon!

Recipe from Marks and Spencer.


Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

those are just about the most appealing cookies i've ever laid eyes on!

Dionne said...

I used to eat chocolate freckles when i was growing up, but I forgot all about them! Now I really feel like making them again! Thanks for the recipe, and for bringing me back to my childhood for a minute!

sarah said...

I will gobble up anything with the words 'double chocolate' in the name. Mmmmm.

Caitlin said...

Oh I'm so glad you posted the recipe! I hadn't heard of them before I saw them on your flickr. They look delicious and I will definitely give them a try :)

Gina said...

They look delicious... very tempting!

Bee Designs said...

Wow they look yummy! Thanks for the recipe, i'm sure i'll be making those soon. My sister has just moved house and I think they would be lovely to take round as a house warmer.

Valerie said...

I've never heard of freckles, not the chocolate anyway, I know all about the others! Ooooo those pictures have me positively drooling

Sam said...

These are so sweet to look at and I am sure they taste absolutely divine. mmmmmm!


Sam @PrettyLovely

kate said...

who thought to call them freckles? such a cute name for a cute dessert :)

Jo said...

Thank you such much for posting the recipe. I'll try these next time my son's class has a cake stall at school. I'm sure they'll be very popular.

Katlheen said...

hola! sabes tus fotos me parecen increibles! es muy interesante tu blog! de hecho no entiendo el ingles pero realmente felicitacines me encanto tu blog!

Francesca said...

oh thank you! fabulous. will look out for the lemonade recipe.
this is such a great blog by the way - if i haven't mentioned it before! so rich and inspiring, all pulled together by your lovely photography.