Archive for May, 2013

May 31, 2013

5 ingredient cookies by the lovely Kim

Due to my prolonged absence due to a hurried attempt to finish a masters thesis in a foreign language, a foreign school system and a foreign economic system, Kim has come and saved the day with a guest post. This is how it happened.

Kim: “I am making cookies!”

Me: “snap some pics and guest blog!”

Kim: …….ok! (20 minutes later the drop box folder was shared.)

I present to you all, Kim.


I cleaned the kitchen yesterday, top to bottom.  It really needed it.  Then I cooked and a beetroot salad and new potatoes somehow managed to leave me in a state of bereavement.  The clean surfaces of yesterday were still marked by the beetroot juice from yesterday’s salad, and the potato pan, the bowl I mixed the dressing in, the colander, the salad bowl, the chopping board…  YEP all STILL dirty.

My good friend at à L’aise fraise sent me a recipe yesterday that had been playing on my mind.  Craving gooey chocolaty stuff as I often do, especially in times of endless “home-working”, as the French put it – which for me meant sitting at my table in my PJs all day looking at articles and feeling lost, I couldn’t get this woman’s recipe off my mind…

I set to accumulating the ingredients and realised I didn’t have everything, and although not difficult, they would add to my washing up rather more significantly than I was prepared to LEAVE the house to GET DRESSED to GO to the supermarket for.  So sat right back down, and tried, my very hardest, to WORK.  Inevitable continued surfing of the food blog entailed until I set my eyes on these beauties.

I counted the ingredients: 1,2,3,4… 5!  I had everything I needed.  No less than 2 minutes later, I had forgotten about those papers and my mind was focussed on COOKIES, (In another life I must have been blue, furry and had someone’s hand up my arse).  I set to work and they really did only take 10 minutes to make as promised on the blog.  I popped them in the freezer, and set to the washing up from last night’s salad.  I had finished by the time they came out of the freezer, all I had to do was pop them in the oven and WAIT… EIGHT WHOLE MINUTES.

Got them out, sprinkled them with salt and bob is very much your mother’s brother…

THE best motivation I have EVER found, bar none, to do washing up:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup nutella (135 grams for me and my UK/FR readers)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup flour + 1 tablespoon (around 65-70 grams)
  • coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Monique at Ambitious Kitchen, reckons that there are 12- 14 cookies to be made from this batch… maybe I was a little too generous as I only got 10 out of it – but whatever the case…

All you do, is:

1.Mix up the ingredients (apart from the salt)

2.Put it in the freezer for 10 minutes (while you wash up)

3.Cut the dough  into even portions to make 1 inch chocolate balls

4. Stick it in the oven at 180° C or 350° F for 8-10 minutes

You will never ever buy a cookie again when it is THAT simple to make one.

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