I came across this recipe for crunchy chocolate-filled biscuits in a magazine a whole month ago. Several mornings in a row I sat at the kitchen bench, flicking the pages over til I stopped at this recipe, mulling it over as I ate my cereal; contemplating how long I'd have to wait til I had a good excuse to make them. An excuse popped up last weekend in the form of an afternoon tea party.
Anything that's glued together with chocolate is bound to be a winner in my books, but I really did find the combo of cinnamon + salt + chocolate to be pretty great.
The best part about making this recipe was the pool of melted chocolate leftover at the end. The pool was more like a lake. I'm not going to pretend that I didn't go to town on that melted chocolate lake, because I damn well did.
I will be making these again, for absolutely sure. I found that they tasted better on the second day [yes there were multiple days of biscuit eating, yes it was amazing] so if you're baking to impress, that's my handiest hint.
One irritating thing is that all the measurements are given in grams [I guess they couldn't find a cup] so you will need to bring your A-game along with the kitchen scales and your steady measuring eye.
With what shall I make it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
160g unsalted butter at room temperature
160g raw caster sugar
55g golden syrup
150g plain flour
60g desiccated coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
2 pinches salt
400g milk chocolate, chopped
100g walnuts, finely chopped
And how shall I bake it, dear Liza, dear Liza?
Preheat oven to 160 C and line 3 oven trays with baking paper.
Mix butter and sugar together in bowl with electric mixer until pale and creamy. Stir through golden syrup. Add flour, coconut, cinnamon, salt and oatmeal, and stir to combine.
Roll teaspoonfuls of mixture into 40 balls spaced 4-5 cm apart. Press lightly with the back of a spoon to flatten slightly.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside to cool completely on wire racks.
Melt chocolate in a double boiler then set aside to cool for half an hour.
Sandwich two biscuits together with melted chocolate and roll each biscuit into chopped walnuts (I whizzed those in the food processor).
Find a good spatula and a nice comfortable chair along with your saucepan of leftover melted chocolate. Save the biscuit tasting til the following day because they're yummier and because if you followed these directions accurately you should be full of chocolate :)