Sunday, January 8, 2012

Selection Box Cookies & A New Year 12 hour Dungeon Crawl

So it's the New Year, a time for getting together with family and friends, bidding farewell to the old and looking forward to the new. Normally celebrations consist of drinking, dancing, partying, going to the pub and counting down the final 10 seconds (with a possible kiss at the stroke of midnight). This year however we decided to do something totally different and host a marathon Pathfinder dungeon crawl.

But not just any dungeon...the most intense, difficult and terrifyingly deadly dungeon ever created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson; The Tomb of Horrors. So, as the clock struck 7PM two teams of intrepid explorers probably with more weapons than sense, set forth. We had our first death within 10 minutes...

In order to get us through this ordeal, I brought home made cookies. In Ireland at Christmas the Cadbury's chocolate company (who make the best chocolate in the world) brings out a selection box which contains a variety of their best loved chocolate bars. It's a pretty standard gift and we ended up with 4 in the house but since I can't really eat chocolate I decided to make cookies with mine. The different chocolate bars came together really well and they were a huge hit so I think they'll become a New Years staple from now on!

Selection Box Cookies
Makes around 18

  • 255g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 180g butter, melted and cooled
  • 270g brown sugar
  • 1 egg & 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsps vanilla essence
  • 1.5-2 cups mixed chocolate bars, roughly chopped
Preheat the oven to 160 C, line trays with greaseproof paper
Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl until creamy
Add egg, yolk, vanilla and mix
In another bowl combine the flour and baking powder
Add the dry ingredients to the wet, at this stage the mixture will be a bit crumbly 
but it will come together after mixing, don't fret
Add the chopped chocolate bars and fold them into the dough
Form heaped tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls then flatten them
Place them on the prepared baking tray
Bake for 14-17 minutes, until the edges are golden but the centers are still soft
Cool completely or have one fresh from the oven with vanilla ice cream!

Thanks to Sprinkled With Flour and Pam for the pics 

Happy New Year! :) x

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