Adding to them…

by Sunita on December 25, 2007

The holidays are on in full swing…the house being dominated by the laughter (and of course, squabbles!) of the kids….which is, by the way, so much better and welcome than last week, when we fell victim to the flu, one after the other and coughs, colds, rising temperatures and throbbing headaches seemed to be the norm.

Recently, the blogosphere has been flooded with chocolate…but then, blame it on those lovely ladies who asked for all those chocolatey entries ;-) …well, not that I mind :-D …so I’m adding my bit to them as well :-)

I, or rather we, (the kids helped a great deal) baked these cookies together when we all felt a little better, as a treat. These are really rich and thin cookies and they spread a great deal while baking…but they do taste good, so do not be alarmed. They were so thin, that I can’t help but call them Chocolate and sesame thins :-D

I used muscovado sugar ( the lighter variety) instead of the normal…this was my first tryst with it and I must say that I have fallen in love with it. If you’re not familiar with muscovado, the following might help…

  • Muscovado is a type of unrefined brown sugar with a strong molasses flavour.
  • It is very dark brown, and slightly coarser and stickier than most brown sugars.
  • Unlike most other brown sugars, which are made by adding molasses to refined white sugar, muscovado takes its flavor and color from its source, sugarcane juice.
  • It offers good resistance to high temperatures and has a reasonably long shelf life.
  • It is also nutritionally rich & retains all natural mineral & vitamin content present inherent in sugarcane juice.
  • Muscovado sugar is easy to handle and store. It has a tendency to harden with age or when it exposed to air for too long because it contains more moisture than white sugar. All you need to do is to store in an airtight container.
  • Muscovado sugar is considered as health food due to presence of trace elements beneficial to the body such as potassium, iron, calcium and etc.

Now, back to the recipe…

What’s needed-
175 gms of semi sweet chocolate, broken into chunks
2 tblsp of butter
1 egg
2 and 1/2 tblsp of light muscovado sugar
4 tblsp of porridge oats
4 tblsp of plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
a pinch of bicarbonate of soda
a few sesame seeds for sprinkling on the top.

How to-

  1. Pre heat oven at 160 deg cel and line a baking tray.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the butter, cool and keep aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg and sugar till fluffy.
  4. Mix the flour, oats , baking powder and soda and fold into the egg mixture.
  5. Add the chocolate mixture and mix well.
  6. Drop heaped tspnfuls of the mixture on the prepared baking tray, well apart from each other(for they spread a great deal) and slightly flatten with fingertips.
  7. Sprinkle a few sesame seeds on the top and placing the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven, bake for 10-12 minutes or till slightly firm round the edges (which will be really thin) but softer in the middle. The flattened mixture will spread like a pancake :-)
  8. Cool in the pan for 4-5 minutes and then gently transfer ( a spatula would help) to a wire rack to cool completely. ..the cookies will get crisper as they cool, so do not be alarmed if they feel too soft.

We loved them…rich, crispy with a hint of chewiness…taste best when warm and fresh from the oven. The sesame seeds added to the taste as well. As for Rengoni and Agastya, they loved these chocolatey thins…well, more so because of the effort they put into them…and couldn’t wait to show them off proudly to their dad … god bless my dear little helpers !

These cookies are my contribution to JFI – chocolate hosted by dear Deepz , an event started by Indira and to lovely Bindiya for her My favourite things event.

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Happy cook December 25, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Merry Christmas Sunita.
The cookies look delicious. I too love using muscavado sugar.
I just send a mail to you with my entry for cinamon to you.
See you in 2008

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2 Laavanya December 25, 2007 at 9:28 pm

There you go with yet another baked temptation… Wishing you a Merry Christmas Sunita.

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3 Rajitha December 25, 2007 at 11:57 pm

the pics are beautiful as always….

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4 Namratha December 26, 2007 at 12:14 am

Lovely thins Sunita, muscavado sugar is new to me, thanks for imparting valuable knowledge…always good to know all u can while working with food :)

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5 Richa December 26, 2007 at 12:45 am

thins look soooo good, Sunita! wish could reach out and taste ‘em :)

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6 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:52 am

happy cook, thanks…this is my first try with muscovado an I loved it…I have sent you a reply :-)

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7 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:53 am

laavanya, thanks…seasons wishes to you too :-)

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8 Coffee December 26, 2007 at 1:53 am

Now I cannot not add this to my “must try” list! I have plenty from your blog in my list these already. :D

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9 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:54 am

namratha, thanks and you’re most welcome…learning from each other is what it’s all about, isn’t it :-)

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10 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:55 am

richa dear,thanks… wish I could hand some over :-(

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11 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:56 am

coffee, awww, c’mon, one more will do no harm ;-)

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12 Kevin December 26, 2007 at 2:30 am

These look really good. Happy Holidays!

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13 Siri December 26, 2007 at 3:06 am

The cookies look lovely Sunita..:)

Happy Holidays!

~ Siri

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14 Sagari December 26, 2007 at 3:24 am

happy holidays sunitha
crips looks delecious
actually I made chocolate cookies yesterday but after baking they spreaded and became very thin after looking at your crisps I think I can name mine cookies as crips HAHHA

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15 Nags December 26, 2007 at 3:46 am

yummy! they look similar to the thin ginger cookies that cookie man has. and i love those! never tried sesame seeds on cookies.

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16 Shella December 26, 2007 at 7:18 am

Yummy looking cookies Sunita. I love the seasme idea.

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17 sra December 26, 2007 at 7:54 am

They look lovely. Happy hols, Sunita!

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18 lakshmi December 26, 2007 at 10:15 am

chocolate explosion on the blogsphere for sure – bookmarking this. :)

wishing you and yours a great 2008!!

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19 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:33 pm

kevin, thanks…the same to you too :-)

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20 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:35 pm

siri, thanks…seasons greetings to you too :-)

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21 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:36 pm

sagari, of course you can :-D DD…happy holidays :-)

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22 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:38 pm

nags, thanks…btw,excuse my ignorance, who is cookie man? :-0…and sesame seeds taste good on them :-)

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23 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:39 pm

sra, thanks…seasons greetings to you too :-)

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24 sunita December 26, 2007 at 1:40 pm

lakshmi, thanks and do give them a try…

Seasons greetings to you and your dear ones too :-)

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25 Sig December 26, 2007 at 8:29 pm

oh yummy, thin and crispy… the only way I like cookies… Happy Holidays Sunita!

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26 sunita December 27, 2007 at 9:54 am

sig, thanks…seasons greetings to you too dear :-)

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27 Rachel December 28, 2007 at 11:36 am

Seasons greetings.
Ur abode must be smelling heavenly with all these baked goods!!! LOvely pics!

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28 sunita December 28, 2007 at 2:49 pm

rachel, thanks…well, I do love my oven :-)

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29 Coffee & Vanilla December 28, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Hi Sunita,

Just a short note to let you know that I tagged you for 7 Random Facts… meme…
http://www.coffeeandvanilla.com/?p=1295

Participating is totally optional so I won’t feel offended if you won’t have time to post it :)

Have a great day, Margot

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30 sunita January 5, 2008 at 6:16 am

margot,
Thanks for the tag, but I’ve already done this meme…nothing more to add to that :-)

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31 Pelicano January 10, 2008 at 9:12 am

We have similar cookies here called “lace cookies”, but I’ve never seen them in a chocolate avatar before- I imagine lovely with tea/coffee- great recipe!

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32 Miri January 13, 2008 at 11:45 am

Amazingly delicious cookies Sunita! They resemble the only type of cookies I like in the Cookie Man brand – They re called Rum Crisps or something like that.
I will definitely be making this!

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33 Devi February 14, 2008 at 12:56 am

Hello Sunita,
I tried your cookies and they turned out great, although I can’t say the same about my pictures. Thanks for sharing the recipe and hence the inspiration to make cookies at home, something I haven’t tried before.
Devi

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34 Bhawana November 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Hi Sunita, one quick question. I read ur information on muscovado sugar, if it is healthier then other sugars then can it be used in every kind of cookies wherever brown sugar is given. if no then fine. but if yes then what diff will that make in taste??

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