In 2013, I visited New York for the first time. I loved it all, especially the bakeries, coffee shops and interesting little eateries dotted liberally along each block, all the way from the Upper East Side to Soho. It’s here that I finally discovered the difference between a cookie and a biscuit. These salted dark chocolate crinkle cookies remind me of my trip.
This is the long and short of it. There’s no difference between a cookie and a biscuit, except, the baking time. Mostly, the ingredients and quantities are exactly the same, bar for maybe the sugar and butter ratios to flour. A cookie is baked for 5-7 minutes less than a biscuit, which results in a crisp outer crust and a soft chewy centre. A biscuit is crisp and crunchy throughout, making it dunkable, an unthinkable thought for the baker who has gone to trouble of crisping it up.
However you choose to bake these salted dark chocolate cookies, they are as their name suggests – dark and salted with a crisp outer crunch, soft cookie dough-like centres and studded with molten chocolate.
Salted dark chocolate crinkle cookies
- 90g butter, softened
- 70g muscovado sugar
- 60g castor sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 300g self raising flour
- 20g cocoa powder
- pinch of salt
- 150g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
- sea salt for finishing
- Preheat the oven to 180º C. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter, muscovado and castor sugar until well creamed. Add the egg and vanilla extract and whisk until combined.
- Sift the flour, cocoa and salt into the butter mixture and mix until combined. Add the chopped chocolate and fold through by hand. Roll into 20 evenly sized balls and place on the tray, with enough space for spreading. Press down slightly with the back of a measuring cup, scatter over some sea salt flakes and bake for 12-15 minutes for cookies. If you’re after biscuits, bake for 18-20 minutes.
- Rest on the baking tray for several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
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