Advent rings the bell to start the Christmas baking season. These are ideal to serve guests or carolers who may drop in, since you can make around 50 cookies or more at one go with this recipe. They are also ideal to take with you when you go visiting. My daughter developed this recipe using cocoa powder instead of chocolate to arrive at these scrumptious dark chocolate cookies. They are also ideal for the Indian pocket as all chocolate is prohibitively expensive to use in cooking. The use of chocolate vermicelli in the recipe enhances the look and the taste.
These dark chocolate cookies provide a tremendous amount of energy from the maida, sugar, cocoa, and butter used. They also provide a small amount of high-quality protein from the egg and milk. Cocoa is very rich in potassium; therefore, those who are on low-potassium diets should avoid these cookies. One must also bear in mind that cocoa contains a fairly large quantity of caffeine, which is a stimulant, and those who suffer from sleep disorders also should avoid these in the evenings.
- 2 C Maida (refined wheat flour/plain flour)
- ½ tsp Baking Soda
- 1 ¼ C Sugar
- ¼ tsp Salt
- ½ C Butter plus 1 tsp for greasing
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 1 Egg
- 5 T Milk, approximately
- ½ C Cocoa Powder
- Chocolate Vermicelli for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 190° C/375°
- Grease cookie sheets.
- Sift maida and baking soda together.
- Cream the butter in a large bowl.
- Add sugar and beat well.
- Add the unbeaten egg. Blend well.
- Add vanilla and salt and stir.
- Add the cocoa powder and blend well.
- Add the flour little by little with some milk in between to arrive at a thick, but not sticky, batter that can be shaped into small balls.
- Dip the top of the balls into chocolate vermicelli, place on cookie sheets and press down to flatten.
- Bake for about 10 minutes or till the cookies spring back when touched.
- Cool on a wire rack and store in air-tight containers.
- The cookies are flattened to reduce baking time and to make them bake evenly.
- The batter should not be sticky or else you will not be able to shape it into balls.