Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Candy

Three days till Christma and only making the christmas pressies now! I'm back in NZ where it's ranging between stinking hot and stifling warm, except when it's raining. I'm still tired from the travelling and the torturous exhaustion that is a PhD, but making chocolatey things makes it all better. I haven't been posting recipes very frequently lately - things have just been too busy and I have been too exhausted. Most of the time I feel like my brain has turned to mush and I'm making no sense anyway so perhaps it's better that I haven't been writing. I'm not sure how often I'll be keeping up with the recipes for the next wee while either but I think I can at least keep up with once a week. And the next few weeks will all be very good ones! Today is chocolate covered cookie dough balls (we made truffles too, but I've already posted that one) and in the days following christmas there will be more spritz cookies, maybe some sugar cookies, bread and some sort of awesome cheesecake.

Chocolate Covered Cookie Dough Balls

150 grams butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/4 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
200 grams dak chocolate
50 grams coconut oil

Combine the dry ingredients (but not the chocolate chips) in a large bowl until they are well mixed.

Melt the butter and pour it into the dry ingredients. Mix until everything there are not pockets of flour left in the dough.

Add the chocolate chips and mix into the dough (you might need to use your hands for that part). Then roll the dough into small balls and set aside.

In another small bowl, combine the chocolate and the coconut oil. Melt in the microwave (incrementally, so as not to burn the chocolate) until the mixture can be stirred into a smooth liquid.

One by one, dip the cookie dough balls in the melted chocolate, rolling around with a spoon to cover them completely. Place the balls on a sheet of baking paper, add sprinkles if you like, then leave them to harden.

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