A block and some cookies…

by Sunita on June 11, 2008

Probably an acute case of writer’s block has gripped me. Here I am, hands ready to click away on the keyboard… only, I have no clue what to write about. :-(

Never mind, at least I am sure what recipe I want to post… Chocolate, fruit and nut cookies

… an indulgent cookie with chocolate and dried fruits and nuts. And, for a chocoholic like me, it’s heaven. So here goes…

What’s needed-

100 gms plain chocolate, melted and slightly cooled
1 C of mixed dried fruits and nuts (almonds,raisins, and cranberries)
1 and 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/2 C cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
a pinch of salt
1 egg
3 and 1/2 tblsp oil
4 tblsp molasses
6 tblsp milk

How to-

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add the dried fruits and nuts and mix well.
  3. Add the chocolate and rub in till the mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, molasses, milk and oil.
  5. Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture and fold in ( can use fingertips ) to bring everything together into a ball.
  6. Cover the bowl, containing the ball of the mixture, with plastic wrap and chill for about 20 minutes.
  7. Pre heat the oven at 170 deg C and line a baking tray.
  8. Make balls of the mixture and place them a bit apart from each other.
  9. Slightly flatten the balls with your fingertips, keeping them quite rough looking.
  10. Place the tray in the centre of the pre heated oven and bake for approximately 10-12 minutes or till firm .. they will fim further, on cooling.
  11. Cool in the tray for 2 minutes and then, transfer to a rack to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

The cookies were not overtly sweet and were soft to the bite.

Enjoy!!

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Asha June 11, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Same with me too, can’t concentrate. Kids school ends today but I have been driving them to school and back whole last week and am so tired.It’s HOT too, get headaches! Glad it’s over today, they will go to see Kung Fu Panda with friends!:)
Cookie looks so decadent!! Good job!It’s okay not to write sometimes, just blog. Hugs to you.Go get your award from me at FH , will cheer you up even more!:))

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2 sunita June 11, 2008 at 1:13 pm

asha,
So the summer break starts :-) …weatherwise,early on this week, we somehow reached 25-26 deg C, but today is much cooler and is supposed to come down by nearly 10 deg…talk about the fickle English weather :-P

btw, thanks for thinking that I’m inspiring enough…means a lot coming from you :-)

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3 Happy cook June 11, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Sunita you having a writters block, well thankgod you don’t have a cooking block :-)
Love the cookies are they crunchy or chewie

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4 Uma June 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm

wow, these cookies look so delicious and mouth-watering. Great pics. Congrats on all the awards.

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5 sunita June 11, 2008 at 3:37 pm

happy cook,
:-D …thanks…the cookies are crisp, though they do soften slightly on cooling.

Uma,
thanks :-)

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6 Rachel June 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm

This is what I call heavenly bliss just looking at the pics..I remember making your other fruit and nut cookies…

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7 Suganya June 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm

The cookies speak for themselves. Don’t be troubled, Sunita :)

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8 JZ @ Tasty treats June 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm

OMG!!! drooling! these close-up picture are making people like me weak!!! :-) come over to my blog sunita, i have something for u!

BTW, I always have the writers blog, i guess its just cos i am not that good a writer ;-)

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9 delhibelle June 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm

Remind me to never chck your yummy blog again at midnight. These cookies are torture and oooh..those close ups:P

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10 Madhuram June 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm

The cookies look so delicious, moist and chewy. Saved by the cookie!

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11 Cham June 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm

Look like a heaven ur chocolate cookies

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12 Susan from Food Blogga June 11, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Well, you certainly don’t have photographer’s block. Those pics are mouth-watering., Sunita! When I can’t think of something to write, I take a break from the computer for a day or two. I read a lot, maybe go to a movie, and go for walks. Usually, the relaxation and the viewing/reading helps spark some ideas.

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13 Sia June 11, 2008 at 7:01 pm

sweetie, looks like i too have caught the same bug:) here i am, sitting and trying to post and nothing comes to my mind!!! i will wait till tom and see.
and as someone said it here, those cookies speak for themselves :)

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14 sunita June 11, 2008 at 7:04 pm

rachel,
thanks…glad you like them…the kids were on a high today after school :-)

Sug,
I really hope they do :-D

JZ,
Thanks dearie…really appreciate it :-)

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15 sunita June 11, 2008 at 7:08 pm

delhibelle,
Thanks…sorry to tempt you so :-P

madhuram,
yes, saved indeed :-D D

Cham,
thanks..we did enjoy them indeed :-)

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16 sunita June 11, 2008 at 7:12 pm

susan,
Thanks..yes, I think I do need a break :-)

sia,
I really couldn’t write at all…I’m sure you’ll come up with something :-)

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17 Pearlsofeast June 12, 2008 at 12:04 am

Sunita, what an awesome cookie recipe.Seeing only 3 tbslp of oil makes me happy.
Me too at times get blocked with what to start up,it happens.

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18 Andhra Flavors June 12, 2008 at 1:03 am

Congrats on all the awards.
and great healthy recipe too..

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19 karuna June 12, 2008 at 1:18 am

this looks sinfulllllll!!!!!!!!!!!! awesome pictures. whts the seceret to the mouth watering pics…. nice recipe

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20 farida June 12, 2008 at 1:47 am

These cookies look soooo delicious!!!! I like the recipe alot. Oh, well, a writer’s block is something that happens often to me, actually more often that is should:)

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21 notyet100 June 12, 2008 at 3:25 am

omg,,thy look so yummy./

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22 arundati June 12, 2008 at 3:56 am

the cookies look fab!!

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23 SMN June 12, 2008 at 9:47 am

Sunita this reminds me of ooty home made cookies and chocalates.. though i dont like fruit and nuts in chocalates im sure M will love it. thnx for the recipe :)

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24 Patricia Scarpin June 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Oh, Sunita, it happens. And you are totally forgiven with these little jewels!

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25 ttfn300 June 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm

looks divine, i really love all your photos!!

when you say “plain” chocolate… is this unsweetened?

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26 Mike of Mike's Table June 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Those are some great photos–the cookies look delicious!

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27 ranji June 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm

delicious cookies sunitha…i am sooo very tempted to make these..1 question though-is thr anything i can replace molasses with?i will make it soon:)

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28 Sujatha June 13, 2008 at 12:32 am

those are fabulous looking cookies!! I am not good in baking, but your cookies inspire me to try making these.

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29 Vani June 13, 2008 at 2:12 am

Love the pictures, Sunita! Cookies look really amazing!!

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30 Namratha June 13, 2008 at 8:13 pm

At first instance I thought of Cadbury’s Fruit and Nut chocolate bar which is my favourite. This I’m sure would fulfill my craving for that bar. Looks delish Sunita!

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31 sunita June 13, 2008 at 8:32 pm

pearsofeast,
thanks…I do try to keep it light :-)

andhra flavors,
thanks :-)

karuna,
thanks..trial and error :-)

farida,
thanks :-)

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32 sunita June 13, 2008 at 8:35 pm

ranji,
this might help…
http://community.tasteofhome.com/forums/t/617998.aspx

notyet100,
thanks :-)

arundati,
thanks :-)

smn,
I’m the opposite,asdore nuty chocos :-)

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33 sunita June 13, 2008 at 8:41 pm

patricia,
thanks :-)

ttfn 300,
thanks…by plain chocolate, I mean as opposed to milk ones.

mike,
thanks :-)

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34 sunita June 13, 2008 at 8:47 pm

sujatha,
thanks…I’m sure you would do great, just give it a try :-)

Vani,
thanks :-)

namratha,
Thanks…and I too am a fan of the mentioned chocolate :-)

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35 Miri June 14, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Wow! I am definitely making these cookies – sounds like heaven on a plate!

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36 sunita June 16, 2008 at 10:53 am

Miri, do give them a try…hope you love them :-)

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37 Kristina June 27, 2008 at 5:23 am

These look so delicious!

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38 Anonymous October 27, 2008 at 4:26 am

how can i replace the egg and molasses? thanks

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