Marzipan stuffed Chocolate Biscuits a while ago. Then I stumbled across a vegan version in the recipe for Marzipan Filled Pillows from The complete guide to vegan substitutions (p 90) by Celine Steen and Joni Marie Newman. I love their work but I didn't have potato starch to make the marzipan and the 240g chocolate for 8 cookies seemed a tad excessive.
Lucy's homemade marzipan that she made a few years back. It had impressed me because it used so little sweetener and no eggs. I didn't have the almond essence and I found I needed to use more rice malt syrup than her. Nevertheless, when Sylvia tasted it, she was quite positive about it.
recipe for biscuits with choc chunks and marzipan chunks. Then I realised that while fancy biscuits are fun, choc chip cookies are what we love in our house. They are both easy and delicious. I got out my favourite choc chip cookie cookbook and chose a recipe to adapt. I substituted marzipan for walnuts and coconut.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe
This time last year: Grumpy's Green - well fed with eco cred
This time three years ago: ANZAC Day and the Biscuit Police
Marzipan choc chip cookies
adapted from The search for the perfect choc chip cookie (p 40)
makes 3-4 dozen (I made 38)
- 1 cup plus 2 tbsp plain white flour
- 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- pinch salt
- 1/2 cup castor sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar (not packed)
- 1 egg
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
- 120g butter, melted
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips (or less)
adapted from Nourish Me
- 1 cup (100g) ground almonds
- 3 tbsp rice malt syrup
- 1/4 tsp almond extract (optional)
To make cookies: preheat oven to 200 C and line a large tray (or two medium ones) with baking paper or silicone mats. Mix flour, bicarb soda, salt, and sugars in a medium to large bowl.
Take the marzipan out of the freezer and using a floured board, chop into small chunks. I found mine was very sticky so I cut it into thin strips and sprinkled a bit of flour on these so they didn't clump together when I chopped them. Add egg and melted butter to the flour mixture. Then stir in the choc chips and marzipan chunks.
Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and form into small disks on the prepared tray. If you have lots of stray choc chips like I did, just press them into the disks. NB I found mine didn't spread too much. Bake for 8-10 minutes until just starting to brown around the edges. Better a little underdone than overdone. Rest on tray for about 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
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