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Triple Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies

Cocoa powder, melted chocolate and chocolate chips- it’s the season to indulge and these Triple Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies really hit the spot. I also have a special discount for Zomato users in India the UAE so hang on till the end of this post!

Don’t let the mention of buckwheat keep you from making these cookies, you’ll never believe how easy it is to find buckwheat flour in India – its local name is _‘kuttu ka atta’_and is very popular during ‘vrath’ or fasting season. And for those of you keeping track, yes, it’s gluten free! I found this recipe in Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook – Simply Nigella.

Nigella-bashing has become a bit of a favourite pastime these days. She put avocado on bread and toasted up a bunch of seeds for breakfast, and Twitter was up in arms against her. If I were Nigella Lawson, I would be a very confused woman while checking social media- pictures of avocado toast on Instagram are an instant hit; and we’re re-discovering our love for coconut oil while trying to sneak in dates instead of processed sugar. But when Nigella Lawson does this, it unsettles us. Because this lady gave us chocolate mousse made with marshmallows! Writing a sequel, as Raju Hirani might tell us, is tough business. People want change and evolution, but more of the same qualities that they love and adore. Honestly, would we want Nigella Lawson to do the same decadent recipes all the time? It is what she’s known for, but it wasn’t all she ever did. Remember when she called for ‘Temple Food’ for the body in Nigella Bites? And if we look to break the monotony of doing the same things over and over again, then shouldn’t one of the best cooks of our times get to do so as well?

Yes, Simply Nigella does have some very simple recipes (as the name suggests) but it is the sort of cookbook that you turn to for recipes that you cook often. I find that the ingredients used are the sort that one would find easily, even in India. I love to be challenged by an Ottolenghi recipe – with its complexity of techniques and ingredients, but mostly, I want to cook dinner that’s easy and crowd-pleasing – even if it’s a crowd of two!

I’ve made subtle changes to the recipe- in the spirit of keeping things simple, the use of regular Amul butter omits the need to use unsalted butter and salt. But if you do end up using unsalted butter, go with about ¼ teaspoon of salt to balance out all the chocolate and dark sugar. I do find that you need to refrigerate the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes before baking these off. And once they’re out of the oven, you need to let them cool completely on a wire rack because they set as they cool.

In the spirit of saving the best for the last, I have a very special discount for all readers in India and the UAE. If you’re looking to order food online, Zomato has a special discount code for my blog readers – IPPR59M for online payment of meal delivery orders. This is only till the 21stof Dec ’15, so I really hope you’ll use it before the holidays!

Recipe from Simply Nigella.

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Triple Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies
Cocoa powder, melted chocolate and chocolate chips- it’s the season to indulge and these Triple Chocolate Buckwheat Cookies really hit the spot. I also have a special discount for Zomato users in India & the UAE so hang on till the end of this post!
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside.
  2. Cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla extract using the paddle attachment of the KitchenAid Stand Mixer.
  3. Add the cooled melted chocolate and beat to combine. Followed by the egg.
  4. Add the dry ingredients in 3 batches, beating to combine after each addition. Use a spatula to fold in the chocolate chips evenly. Chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Use a 2-inch ice-cream scoop to roll out the cookies on to the baking sheet.
  5. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius and bake the cookies for 10 minutes or until the edges have just set. Place the baking tray on a wire rack to let the cookies cool completely. They firm up as they cool.
Recipe Notes

Makes 8 cookies.

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