Sunday, 5 February 2012


London had it's first snow of the winter last night. We stayed up late watching the snow fall, and ventured out around midnight for a walk in the powder. I'm glad we did; London is really too warm for snow and by the time we awoke this morning, the snow was mostly a dirty, slushy mess.

The snow at night though was beautiful, with the city lights reflecting from the white snow to create an eery glow over the city.

Today, while the snow melted outside, it felt like a good day for making cookies. I based this recipe on a classic American cookie recipe that I often used. I have added some spice to this recipe, which I love for its winter warmness, but which my boyfriend didn't like at all, preferring his cookies basic. If you also prefer a more basic cookie, leave out the spice and add half a teaspoon vanilla essence instead.

Spiced Dark Chocolate and Walnut Cookies

150g butter, cubed
1/2 packed cup soft brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mixed spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
150g dark chocolate, chopped
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 180c and line an oven tray with baking paper.

Soften the butter (either lightly in a microwave, or place in a metal bowl in hot water) and add the brown and caster sugar. Beat until the butter pales in colour. Add eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly.

Add sifted flour, baking soda and spice. I admit here that I didn't have any plain flour left, so I used self-raising flour - if you're in the same boat, cut out the baking soda and salt and just use the self-raising flour. Stir through until half mixed (add a little more flour if you think the mix is not thick enough), then add the walnuts and chocolate and mix through.

Place tablespoon-sized balls of the mixture onto the baking paper, then press down with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned on top. You might need to bake these in two batches.

Cool on a wire rack, but eat one straight away while the chocolate is still melted.

Makes around 25 cookies.


  1. would be cool to have a celcius to farenheit equation widget on your blog:) cant wait to try the recipe

  2. That's a great idea, thanks! Will have a look into it... I'm just an amateur blogger really so hopefully there is a ready-made widget somewhere =) Hope the cookies turn out well


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