Hello all on this beautiful evening!
This week we have a lovely chocolate cookie. I presume this recipe was inspired by Oreos but since I haven’t had one since I was a kid I can’t really be sure how they compare.
However Oreos taste, these Oriolos are delightful! In truth, I wasn’t expecting much from them but I was glad to be wrong. These cookies are so, so moreish. The more you eat them, the better you understand their appeal. They are mild and almost timid upon first meeting but they are the very same qualities that enthral you and keep you coming back for seconds and thirds.
A few notes:
- I made half a batch. Too many sweets lately…no good.
- Left the walnut skins intact. I enjoy the slight bitterness that accompanies walnuts, especially in sweets. Ok, I’m also bloody lazy.
- As per usual, I added a reasonable pinch of salt to the dough. This dough needed it and it made these cookies extra delicious. I’m all for extra delicious.
- I doubled up on the cocoa powder. I used the non-alkaline type because I find it more flavourful than the alkalised stuff (albeit less intense).
- The dough was kneaded with a knife. I watched my mum-in-law make scones this way and copied her. She’s the best baker of old-fashioned Australian sweets I know. I’m so lucky.
- Instead of keeping the bottom of my glass oiled and sugared in between pressings, I chose to make up a mixture of sugar and oil in a bowl. No big deal, it’s only one less step but it made a difference in terms of speed. The cookies were also noticeably less oily on the surface.
- I ate the cookies before I even had a chance to take an interior shot of them. I had to eat them quickly as I was hiding them from my husband. It took me a few days to go through them but they were just sitting behind our usual stash of leftovers. They were in plain view and staring back at him. Not my fault if he couldn’t spot them. Don’t judge me. I’m an only child, and to this day, quite incapable of sharing food. I’m trying, though.
- I’m writing this in bed on my iPad. Told you I was lazy. So lazy that next time I might not bother to correct the “auto-correcting” capabilities of this tablet. Had I left this post alone I could have been in dreamland an hour ago. The stuff with which this machine comes up is hilarious. You would be amused at how very inappropriate an iPad can be. Or maybe not.
That’s all, folks!
Have yourselves a lovely week, yes?