Festive brownie cookies
- 1 cup finely chopped candied fruit , such as cherries, pineapple or mixed peel
- 1/2 cup rum or brandy
- 1 1/4 cups unsalted butter , at room temperature
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3 tbsp rum , or brandy
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 cups pecans or walnuts , toasted and chopped
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- TO speed up candied fruit’s absorption of rum, mix fruit with 1/2 cup (125 mL) rum in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes. Or soak fruit in rum, at room temperature, until absorbed, about 2 to 3 hours.
- PREHEAT oven to 350F (180C). Lightly grease cookie sheets. Beat butter in a large bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in granulated and brown sugars until combined. Then, beat in eggs, 1 at a time, then 3 tablespoons rum and vanilla.
- IN another bowl, stir flour with cocoa, baking soda and salt. Gradually stir into butter mixture. Do not overmix. Stir in soaked fruit, nuts and chocolate chips just until evenly distributed.
- DROP by heaping tablespoonfuls, about 3 inches (7.5 cm) apart, onto greased cookie sheets. Bake in preheated oven until centers seem set when lightly touched, about 12 to 14 minutes. Remove cookies to a rack to cool completely. Cookies will keep well in an airtight container in a cool place for several days and can be frozen.
- Kitchen Note: Using 2/3 cup (150 mL) cocoa produces a robust chocolate flavour. For a milder taste, reduce cocoa to 1/2 cup (125 mL).
How to melt chocolate using a double-boiler
Nutrition (per serving)
- 0.9 g,
- 10 g,
- 5.5 g,