You know that smell when you sautee crushed garlic in a pool of butter?

That.

Right there.

That is what makes me happy.

This blog is my way of continuing that inspiration.

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Mama's "Darkie" Cookies

Mama's "Darkie" Cookies

No, that's not a typo.

These cookies are from a simpler time, before Kim Kardashian and Kanye West stole 4 minutes of my life , before O stood for Owesome, before padded playgrounds, and before Paul Holmes became a household name (well, before that infamous comment of his anyway).

I was lucky enough to be bestowed custody of my Grandmother's recipe collection. The collection, being from a time when meat was a requirement of every meal (along with a stick of butter).

Buried within the bulging collection of fruitcake recipes was this gem; darkie cookies. For the name alone, these had to be tried!

And I'm bloody happy I did; they turned out to be that perfect combination of a crunchy sugary coating, with a chewy coconut chocolate centre. A good, old fashioned crowd pleaser.

Darkie Cookies

  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 3/4 c caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c dessicated coconut
  • 1 c flour
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1   1/2 T cocoa
  • 1/4 t salt

Start by beating the butter and sugar for at least 5 minutes. By the end of that time, the mixture should be pale and airy. This is important, as this is the only opportunity to get air into the mix, and will help to produce a chewy result.

Next, add the egg and beat until well combined, followed by the coconut.

Sift the remaining ingredients and add to the mix. Slowly mix this in until just combined. If using an electric mixer, do this on a low speed. Don't over mix, or the gluten in the flour will start to activate, and your cookies will come out 'cakey'.

Working in batches, roll the mix into walnut sized balls, place onto a lined baking tray approx 2 cm apart, and flatten gently with a fork. Bake at 175 C for 15-20 minutes, or until just starting to brown around the edges.

Let the cookies cool on the tray for 5 minutes before lifting onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

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