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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Chocolate Drops for Tea Time Treats

These odd little biscuits (cookies) are called 'Chocolate Drops', they come from The Dairy Book of Home Cookery, a rather retro cookbook I used for my April Random Recipe: Treacle Bites

As the Treacle Bites were such a success, I thought I'd try one of the other recipes on the same page.  The Chocolate Drops were not in the same league as the Treacle Bites but they are also very good and incredibly easy to make.  They taste a bit like a chocolate Viennese finger or shortbread, very short in texture.  I'm not sure they were supposed to come out quite so lumpy as mine did, perhaps if I were more delicate in blobbing them onto the tray they might have looked better!  My answer to that was to melt about 100g of white chocolate and dip the dark Chocolate Drops into it so they were half coated, that certainly improved the look of them and, I have to say, added to the general pleasure of eating them.

Chocolate Drops (makes 18 -20)
100g.4oz softened butter
50g/2oz caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
90g/3 1/2 oz plain flour
15g/1/2oz cocoa powder

1. Cream butter with sugar and essence until light and fluffy.
2. Stir in flour sifted with cocoa
3. Drop 18 to 20 teaspoons of mixture, well apart, on to butter baking tray.
4. Bake just above centre of moderately hot oven (1190C/375F or Gas 5) for 17 minutes.
5. Leave on tray 1 or 2 minutes before transferring to wire cooling rack.
6. Once the Chocolate Drops are completely cold, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water and dip each biscuit into the melted chocolate to half coat it.  Place on rack until the chocolate has set.
6. Store in airtight tin.

Printable Recipe

The theme for Tea Time Treats this month is 'Biscuits and Cookies' so I am entering these Chocolate Drops.  Tea Time Treats is organised and hosted alternately by Karen at Lavender and Lovage and Kate at What Kate Baked.

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At 23 May 2013 at 12:15 , Blogger Elizabeth said...

These sound very nice and like something that my children might enjoy making. I wonder if the mixture is soft enough so that it could be piped into biscuits? That might improve the look of them, although i think the white chocolate did the trick!

At 23 May 2013 at 14:59 , Blogger Debs Dust Bunny said...

These look great to me! I am also going to try your Treacle Bites. : )

At 23 May 2013 at 16:15 , Blogger Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Afternoon Janice, Anything which has chocolate and treats in the title is certainly a hit in my book.... and then more chocolate to dunk the treats.....this is certainly a winner.
Best Wishes

At 23 May 2013 at 23:45 , Anonymous Camilla @FabFood4All said...

These sound a bit like Melting Moments and the white chocolate is such a lovely contrast - yummy! I have 2 Dairy Cookbooks but I've not seen that one before. I recently bought 1 from a charity shop only to come home and find that I already owned it doh!

At 24 May 2013 at 13:38 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

A REALLY lovely entry into Tea Time Treats thanks Janice and I am a sucker for all of those Dairy cookbooks, I love them! Karen

At 27 May 2013 at 20:02 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

I like the sound of these, please send some over :)

At 10 June 2013 at 14:55 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am most certainly going to be trying these!x


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