This recipe is based on a cake I made way back at the start of the year, for the chocolate cake cooking challenge. One Friday night I had friends over for dinner and at the end of the night there was some red wine left over. I don't actually like red wine so I certainly wasn't going to drink it, but tipping it out would have been a huge waste. I considered making a beef stew, but then I was trying to figure out what sort of cookies to make for that week and I remembered that amazing red wine chocolate cake. So, could I turn that recipe into a cookie recipe? Well, the product was definitely cookies, but they had a sort of soft, cake-like texture, which is why I'm calling them cake-cookies. I have a couple of other recipes that also make cake-like cookies so I reckon it's definitely an apt term. These cookies were rich and the red wine added a bit of extra sweetness. They could have done with some crunch but I don't know how to fix that, so instead I'll recommend that you bake them at a time when you actually want to eat them, and serve them up warm and fresh with a glass of milk. That way the softness will really be appreciated. Leaving them to cool and eating them the next day sort of took away some of the goodness - they were still good, but not quite as good as they had been fresh. Another great thing about this recipe it will take people ages to guess that there is red wine in them, and guessing games are always fun.
Red Wine Cake-Cookies
1/2 cup red wine
100 grams butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
6 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and prepare a couple of cookie trays.
Place the soft butter in a large bowl and add the red wine. Beat the two together until the wine is incorporated, then add the sugars and beat them in until the mixture is creamy.
Add the cocoa powder and the vanilla essence and beat well. then sift in the flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Beat well again, or finish mixing with your hands. Then roll the mixture into balls and press onto the prepared trays.
Bake the cookies for about 12 minutes, then let them cool on the tray for a few minutes before removing them.