I think, from an unofficial poll of my friends, that I am not the only person who finds January and February to be a long stretch. Christmas is over and all that’s left is the rain, wind and super short days. Is spring almost here yet? And there’s not even a snowstorm to make me feel better right now – by the time Jonas hit London, it was just rainy wind! I’m definitely finding it hard to motivate myself to exercise (apparently I’m not the only one.) All I want to do is huddle up in a warm place and we’re definitely taking advantage of all the great movies coming out in the cinema.
My oven is also a lovely, warm source of comfort at the minute. I have very specific ideas as to what I find reassuring. No to cheesecakes or complicated cake pops – yes to warm breads, cookies and bundt cakes. These cookies came out of a need for something chewy but wintery – an easy take on the classic chocolate chip cookie!
Chocolate Toffee Cookies (adapted from Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies)
300g granulated sugar
220g softened butter
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 tablespoons chocolate pudding mix
265g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
100g toffee pieces
250g chocolate chips
Cream together butter and sugar.
Mix in egg and vanilla.
Sift in dry ingredients
Mix in chocolate chips and toffee pieces.
Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 170C for about ten minutes.