Thursday 12th February (Recipe for Chocolate and Raisin Cookies)

Chocolate and Raisin Cookies

I have had a difficult couple of days with learning German. At College we have started going more in depth in to German grammar… Nominativ, Accusative and Dative anyone? I am the only person in the class whos native language doesn’t have something similar, so I am struggling to have anything to relate to! I feel I have managed to get over a hurdle today though so hopefully it will start to get a little easier!

My Husband and I have never celebrated Valentines Day, it just isn’t something we particularly enjoy. However I felt that it was a good time to develop a recipe including his favourite things! He hasn’t got a massive sweet tooth but his favourite sweet things are fruit cake and anything with chocolate! I came up with this recipe which incorporates elements of both!

Please let me know if you try the recipe and what you think of it!


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140g Butter

180g Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1tsp Vanilla Extract

100g Milk Chocolate

100g Dark Chocolate

100g Raisins

1/2 tsp Salt

230g Plain Flour

1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda

Zest of half an Orange


1.Beat the sugar and butter together until light and fluffy.

2.Add the egg and beat until combined, then add the vanilla extract.

3.Once everything is combined add the chocolate, raisins, orange zest and mix again.

4.Finally gently fold in the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda.

5.Put the mixture on a large piece of clingfilm and roll in to a log, make sure you twist the ends so cookie dough doesn’t spill out, also push the ends of the log so they are flat and place in the freezer.

6.After a couple of hours you can cut the log in to portions and place the discs on a sheet of greaseproof paper on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 175c (fan assisted) for around 10 minutes. You want the edges to be set and slightly crunchy but the middle to be quite soft.

I like to cut a couple of discs off and bake them and leave the rest in the freezer, that way freshly baked cookies are only ever 15 minutes away!


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