These are for you Ravina. You little devil.
These ‘Crownies’ are from Hotel Chocolat’s ‘New Way of Cooking With Chocolate’, a book that we examine word for word (or picture to picture) every week at work. They’re a bit like a ‘Brookie’ but turned inside out, so instead of cookie flavoured brownie you end up with a brownie flavoured cookie. Y’get me? Either way, both of those things are very, very good so if you somehow end up with another weird and wonderful combination then all is well.
I mixed up the recipe only slightly by substituting alll the sugar for coconut sugar and I used half spelt flour, half plain flour so my little cookies are a little darker and nuttier. They recommend using a 70-80% dark chocolate to really bring out the flavour so I used 78% St Lucia Island Growers which is super great. Don’t overcook them, eat them whilst they’re still warm, and don’t let anyone else get their mitts on them.
SLIGHTLY ADAPTED FROM HOTEL CHOCOLAT
makes 16 crownies
- 200g butter
- 150g coconut sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 137g plain flour
- 137g spelt flour
- 25g cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 200g dark chocolate (70-80%), chopped into small pieces
- 200g whole roasted hazelnuts
- chocolate, melted (to drizzle)
- Preheat the oven to 160C and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add in the beaten egg and mix to combine.
- In another bowl, combine the flours, cacao powder and baking powder. Gently add this into the wet mixture and stir until just combined.
- Fold in the chopped chocolate and hazelnuts and bring together the mixture in your hands.
- Form into 1 balls and place onto the baking tray. Gently press down so they’re roughly 1.5cm flat.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until slightly squidgy in the middle (but not wet!)
- Remove and leave on the tray until you can remove them without breaking.
- Leave to cool completely on a wire rack. Drizzle with more chocolate if you wish!
(All opinions in this post are my own, I haven’t been sponsored by Hotel Chocolat in any way, shape, or cookie form!)