Choc-Nut Nougat Cookies
August 13, 2011 in Uncategorized
At the first Bloggers’ Conference way back in 2010, I was introduced to Wedgewood Nougat. Now just so you know, Mr JustChef HATES nougat. Well the ones you buy at Clicks with the jelly bits in. That is, until he tasted the Wedgewood Nougat!! Damn! *stomps foot* I had to share! His new found addiction got quite bad actually, with him stopping off at the Spar almost every night to get his daily fix. No, I am not complaining, I happily assisted him in his Nightly Nougat Ritual, which usually happened at around 20:30. Yes, you figured it out, right after Little JustChef’s bedtime!
Recently we discovered that Wedgewood also made biscuits. Satan’s Spawn Angel’s they call them! Little evil shortbread biscuits studded with chewy nougat pieces. Mr JustChef had a new addiction! It got so bad that Little JustChef would make me share out the packet so that she would get her fair share!
So, I have a confession. Until now, I have not been a very good cookie / biscuit baker! There, I said it! That is until I discovered Marisa’s recipe for her Hazelnut & Choc-Chunk Cookies. It took a while for me to brave the recipe as my previous cookie baking experiences were usually only pre-Christmas cookie baking experiences. I made them and we were hooked … instantly! Mr JustChef declared them the best cookies he had EVER eaten.
During one of his newly found Angel’s rituals, he commented that he thought that he no longer liked shortbread biscuits, because he preferred Marisa’s cookies. It got me thinking and Choc-Nut Nougat Cookies began inventing themselves in my head. I HAD TO MAKE THEM! So here’s what I did:
375ml Brown Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Essence
565ml White Bread Flour
1tsp Baking Powder
180g slab Cadbury Whole Nut Chocolate, roughly chopped into not too small pieces
110g bar Wedgewood Macadamia Nut Nougat, roughly chopped into not too small pieces – I found putting it in the freezer to harden a bit made the chopping easier and less messy (and yes, I used my kitchen scissors!)
In a large mixing bowl, melt the butter in the microwave. Add the brown sugar and beat with an electric beater for about two minutes. Beat in the eggs (it’ll turn all fudgey) and stir in the milk and vanilla essence. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together. Add about a quarter of the flour to the butter mixture, stirring to combine. Continue until all the flour is added. Add the chocolate and the nougat and mix well. If you have enough space in your freezer, cover the bowl with clingwrap and freeze overnight. I transferred the dough to an ice cream tub, put the lid on and then put it in the freezer. When you are ready to bake the cookies, remove the dough from the freezer and preheat the oven to 190°C. Line a biscuit tray with baking paper and shape the dough into balls – I used a very generous tablespoonful of dough to make each cookie. Place cookies on baking tray with plenty of space between each cookie so they can spread and bake for 14 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely (yeah right, good luck with that!).
Makes about 40 large cookies.
I only bake a few at a time, so I shaped all my cookies and froze them on a lined baking tray. When frozen, I transferred them to a freezer bag and when the craving strikes I only bake the amount we are craving. Mr JustChef likes his with a steaming cup of tea or hot chocolate and I just eat them as they are!
Break an egg!
DISCLAIMER: I take no responsibility for any addictions caused by these babies!