My Take On Ben's Cookies!

This recipe has been floating around the blogosphere for a little while now and I've been desperate to give it a go (unsurprisingly as they look bloody delicious!) I finally got around to making my own and played around a little with the original recipe based on things I did and didn't have in my kitchen cupboard. Having never visited a Ben's Cookies branch before I can't comment on how close they are to the real thing but they're damn good all the same!

You will need:
300g Sugar (preferably caster sugar but I used granulated as Tesco is too far away!)
200g Unsalted Butter
275g Self Raising Flour
1 Large Egg
75g Cocoa Powder (I swapped this for hot chocolate - same thing right?)
1 big bar of chocolate

Preheat the oven to 200 degress and grease a baking tray before starting!

  1. Begin by creaming the butter and sugar together until smooth. If the butter has been in the fridge prior to baking then you might want to whack it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it softer and easier to work with.
  2. Add the flour, egg and hot chocolate/cocoa powder. The only difference I can work out is that hot chocolate has added sweeteners and is generally less 'chocolately' and sweeter than cocoa powder. Whilst it's best to use the latter hot chocolate works almost as well and will do if you have no other option!
  3. Mix all of the ingredients together, adding some chocolate chunks to the mix if you wish. Work into a smooth dough (if you find it's too dry add a tiny bit of milk to bind the mixture).
  4. Roll the dough into equal size balls and place a fair way apart from each other onto the greased baking tray as they may spread out during baking (mine spread colossal amounts!)
  5. Place a whole chocolate chunk on the top of each cookie and press it in slightly, covering with a thin layer of the cookie dough.
  6. Bake in the oven for around 10 minutes. The cookies should be soft and gooey to begin with but will harden as they cool.
  7. Leave to cool for around half an hour (if you can wait that long!) Once cooled, you can eat them straight away - the whole chocolate chunk will still be gooey and melted!

I had great fun making these and they taste bloody delicious - even if the hot chocolate might make them a bit sickly sweet for some. You can find the video that I followed when making these here. Have fun!