Ok I'll admit it, I am a HUGE fan of chocolate! And the thought that cacao might be extinct in a few years it gives me shivers in my spine. I mean whyyyyyyy???
Facts about cocoa that you might not know (I didn't until now):
- The cacao tree's botanical name is Theobroma Cacao, which means "food of the gods" in Greek.
- The cacao tree grows to be about 30 feet tall bearing white flowers and colorful fruit.
- It takes several hundred processed beans to make 1 pound of chocolate.
- Cocoa solids and cocoa butter are the two main components from the beans that go into making the chocolate we enjoy today.
- Cocoa butter (AKA Theobroma Oil) is used to treat bruises, stretch marks and is a popular moisturizer - particularly for people with dark skin.
I have this recipe for some time now and it is always my go to recipe when I am craving something extra chocolaty!! Yummm!! And it is super easy so that's a plus.
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What you will need:
For the base:
180 gr butter (it helps if it's room temperature)
100 gr caster sugar
30 gr cocoa
150 gr all-purpose flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the filling:
125 gr baking chocolate
30 gr butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
*To make it more pretty, I sifted some powder sugar on top!
Lets do this!
First of alll, in a large bowl, mix together the butter and caster sugar, until the batter is smooth. (It helps if the butter is in room temperature!!)Then add the cocoa, vanilla and flour and mix until well combined. Shape your dough into a large ball, wrap it and put it in the fridge for an hour. While you're waiting prepare your tray with baking paper or spray it with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
After the "longest" hour of your life, take your dough, shape it in small balls (makes about 12) and place them into your tray. With your finger push the center of its ball, to create a "crater". Pop your trays into the oven for about 7-10 minutes. Once cooked leave to cool in pan for about 10 minutes.
While your biscuits are cooking and cooling it's time to make the filling!!! In a bain marie mix together the baking chocolate, vanilla and butter until it's all melted.
At last with a spoon pour in the "crater" some of the filling aaaand you're done! Time to eat them all! YUMMM!!!