Are you ready for a cookie recipe like no other?? Read on to discover my Gin & Chocolate Cookie Recipe.
I was recently very kindly sent the August box of the Gin Explorer monthly subscription service. This box is amazing! It is full to the brim with new and interesting gins and tempting treats. Therefore the perfect gift for any gin lover. All sweetly packaged in a super cute cardboard box printed to look like a suitcase. Each month you receive through the door 4 x 50ml gin miniatures, a variety of mixers, some added treats plus information on each gin including most importantly where in the world they are from. You actually go on a culinary tour in the world of gin.
The August box contained Tiger Gin (Shropshire), Bimber London Dry Gin (London), HMS Victory Navy Strength Gin (Isle of Wight) and X-Gin (Belgium) totaling a journey of 399 miles. Also inside was Fever-Tree tonic waters, cocoa nibs and biltong from the Chichester Biltong Company based just down the road from where I live. In the box you get a leaflet telling you about each gin, where it comes from, the flavours and what garnish would go well with each one. I found it really interesting exploring this box and the treasures inside.
Whilst being sent this box I was also set the challenge of coming up with a recipe using chocolate and one of the gins. I never really thought that gin went with chocolate…until now! WOW! I have been missing out!!
For this challenge I chose the ‘X-Gin’ as it contained a hint of cocoa and real vanilla. The perfect ingredient to accompany a sweet treat. I also considered what other flavours are popular to mix with gin and was immediately drawn to lime. Taking these ingredients I then tweaked the gorgeous chocolate cookie recipe from Tanya Burr of which I have baked numerous times. I am really pleased with the results. Bursts of gin infused fruity sultanas, sweet chocolate and underlying fragrant notes of lime. Here is the recipe:
Gin & Chocolate Cookie Recipe
300g caster sugar
1 medium egg
275g self raising flour
75g cocoa powder
zest of 2 limes
50g white chocolate buttons
First of all you will need to prepare ahead of time as the sultanas must be soaked in the gin over night. Pop both ingredients into a bowl, cover with cling film and let the magic happen. I was surprised to see that all the gin had disappeared 24 hours later.
On the day you are going to bake, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 6/ 180°C and line 2 baking trays with grease proof paper.
Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric whisk. *hint* take your butter and egg out of the fridge a good hour or so before you are going to bake. I find everything works much better when these ingredients are at room temperature!
Once the butter and sugar are light and fluffy, crack in the egg and whisk together.
Next gently whisk in the dry ingredients (flour and cocoa powder) gradually otherwise you will re-decorate your kitchen in flour!
Grate the zest of 2 limes and stir into the mixture, along with the sultanas and white chocolate.
The mixture will be quite stiff and should feel moist but will hold together when you squish it down (technical term there!) Split the mixture into 10 balls of the same size. Make sure to get a bit of white chocolate in each one and squish (loving this word!!) down slightly onto the tray leaving space between each one. These cookies grow into cookie monsters!
Pop them in the oven for 11 minutes. The most important part about this recipe is not to over cook them. After 11 minutes they will be soft to the touch making you think they need longer in the oven but PLEASE DON’T! Take the cookies out and leave them on the side to cool for 30 minutes. In this time miraculous things happen as the outer crust hardens whilst maintaining a soft melting centre.
Finally put your feet up, grab a cup of tea (or gin and tonic if you fancy) and indulge!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and if you re-create it please tag me on Twitter (@Lucy_Wavelines) or Instagram (Lucy_Wavelines).
If you would like to try the Gin Explorer boxes check out their website linked here and order by 5th of the month to receive that month’s box. A 1 month subscription is £24.99, 3 months is £69.99 and 12 months is £279.99.