My Philosophy of Food course has finished for the semester – it went really well, and I hope to teach it again in the future. Because the students were so fantastic, for the last class I tripled this recipe, making a massive pile of biscuits (cookies). We spent our final session talking about the relationship between disgust and morality, while munching away on these.
What are they? Well, you make a big pile of chocolate biscuit (cookie) batter, you wrap a little batter around individual squares of white chocolate, bake them and you have biscuit (cookie) on the outside, gooey white chocolate on the inside. These little bites are terribly moreish.
White Chocolate Biscuit Bites
Adapted from Frugal Feeding
110g (4oz, 1 stick) salted butter (softened)
85g (3oz) white or raw sugar
70g (2.5oz) dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
225g (8oz) plain flour
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
A pinch of salt
A dash of milk
A large block of good white chocolate, roughly 100g – the number of squares you break it into will be the number of biscuits you make. Though if you want to be really indulgent you can double the amount of chocolate in each bite, in which case buy two blocks of white chocolate.
You will also need: Baking paper.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking power and salt, and mix to combine. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until they begin to combine. Add a dash of milk, and mix until completely combined into a cookie dough. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 190°C (375°F). Line a baking tray with baking (parchment) paper. Assemble the biscuits (cookies) as follows…
Take a square of white chocolate. (If you want to be really decadent, take two squares and place one on top of the other).
Take a small amount of biscuit (cookie) dough – about a tablespoon, and push the piece of chocolate into it.
Smooth the biscuit (cookie) dough over the white chocolate – you only just want it to be covered, so if there is a lot of dough, remove a little.
Arrange the bites on a baking tray, not too close together. Place in the middle of the oven and bake for 13 minutes. When they are done they will still be a bit soft, but will spring back if you touch them. Allow to cool completely before eating – they actually taste better as they cool.
Note: The biscuit (cookie) itself is great in small amounts when paired with the gooey white chocolate, but I found it a little dry when there was too much of it by itself.