After School Cookies

Rosie is obese.  She waddles when she walks.  I’m blaming Barnaby the Lodger.  While he was here Rosie wanted to prove she was top-dog so she ate the lion’s share.  If Barnaby left anything on his plate, she bolted over and snatched it.  Now people are looking at her wobbling abdomen and then at me like I’m an irresponsible dog owner for letting my dog get so fat.

Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

I didn’t see it happening; it sort of snuck up on me.  And now she’s a waddler.  Taking back control, she is now on half-rations.  With no snacks.

Can be mixed in one bowl

Can be mixed in one bowl

But I’m having to be on my toes because today I made these cookies and I filled the dishwasher with all the bowls and spoons then left my watch to put the sheets back on the bed.  I came back into the kitchen to find she had climbed onto the open door and was licking all the triple chocolate mixture off the utensils.  And loving it.  Thrilled.  Very happy with her work.  An hour later she’s still licking her lips.

After school treat

After school treat

I might have to introduce more extreme measures than just half-rations.  I’m thinking a treadmill could be the answer.  I could put her on it then be like my personal trainer who gradually, (thinking I’m unaware), ramps up the speed.

Three types of chocolate

Three types of chocolate

That would be a two-pronged attack on her waddling abdomen – diet and exercise.  I’ll let you know how she survives.

Loaded with fruit and nuts

Loaded with fruit and nuts

The reason I made these After School Cookies is because last week I was reading Liz’s blog and she posted a recipe for Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I always read That Skinny Chick Can Bake because everyday there’s a beautifully presented recipe.  The cookies reminded me of these after school cookies I’ve been making for many years.

Crisp outside and a chewy centre

Crisp outside and a chewy centre

Liz says her cookies could also be quadruple chocolate cookies because if you count the cocoa powder, they contain four types of chocolate.  As these after school cookies also have cocoa powder, I’m going to claim that too.  But I’m sticking with calling them After School Cookies because there’s nothing that lights up my little guy’s face more than coming through the door and finding these on the kitchen bench.

Makes around 50

Makes around 50

They are quite easy to make, they can be mixed in the one bowl and they only take 10 minutes to cook.  With the nuts, chocolate buds and dried fruit, they have a lot of texture and there’s great flavour in every chewy bite.  The recipe makes around 50 so you’ll always have some leftover – just don’t feed them to your dog!

After School Cookies

After School Cookies

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After School Cookies
Recipe type: Baking
Cuisine: Australian
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Serves: 50
Triple chocolate cookies with nuts and dried fruit.
  • 250g unsalted butter, chopped
  • ½ cup dark cooking chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups plain flour, sifted
  • ⅓ cup cocoa, sifted
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • ½ cup sultanas
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • ½ cup milk chocolate buds
  • ½ cup white chocolate buds
  1. Preheat oven to 210C (425F).
  2. Place an ovenproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add butter and chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  3. Add eggs and brown sugar to chocolate mixture and stir well to combine.
  4. Add flour and coconut and mix well.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
  6. Place tablespoons of mixture on oven trays lined with baking paper.
  7. Place trays in the oven for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and cool on a wire rack.
Last one!

Last one!


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  1. Our Border Collie has to be watched if the dishwasher door is open – it’s at the perfect height for him and quite the smorgasbord as far as he’s concerned.
    Lovely cookies – the more chocolate the better!

  2. Oh Charlie, I read this and felt such warm memories of my children and after school times… miss that so. Lovely cookies too. xx

  3. Poor Rosie. I don’t waddle but then I have snugger and snugger clothes to tell me I’m over-indulging. Oh well, being on half rations can only be good for her health. Lovely cookies. This week, I made cream puffs, and gougeres and pastry cream …. yeah, I really need to go on half rations too. 🙂

  4. OMG they sound delicious, might make them this weekend – might being the operative word here lol. Our Chico is the hungus in our family, anything Rusty leaves behind she grabs, has not got to the dishwasher stage yet to lick of the crumbs thank god lol. She lost weight when we went to Aussie and she was in the kennels, now she is back to her before weight whoops – but she is so cute, I can’t resist when she asks for treats 🙂

  5. These look delicious for anytime of the day.

    The Surprised Gourmet

  6. yep, calling them After School Cookies totally makes them healthier than calling them Quadruple Choc cookies. Loving the look of these.

  7. Half rations. A lesson I need to learn! Great looking cookies – I bet they do make your kids really happy!

  8. Sweet Posy Dreams says:

    Here I am trying to cut back my own rations when you present these luscious, tempting cookies. We take our pup on at least one longish walk every day which helps keep his (and our!) weight down. But he still gets lots of treats. Dogs do love the dishwasher, don’t they? Ours can tell when I’m putting in dirty as opposed to taking out clean. As soon as I finish the clean and start loading, he magically appears!

  9. With our three kids grown and gone, I seldom bake anymore. I don’t need the sweets around. But once in awhile I get a craving and these cookies sound yummy.

  10. I must have the only little boy who doesn’t like chocolate cookies! Though I think he’s like me, I love chocolate but not chocolate desserts too much.
    I make 7 dozen cookies for work every week, yep, I’m surprised my KitchenAid hasn’t protested yet. So, needless to say, I don’t make cookies at home! But I should, because they’re so good!!
    These look fantastic and my fave cookies are ones choc full of nuts.
    Hope Rosie makes it through your boot camp! Poor thing. xx

  11. Charlie – I guess Rosie could help you with your dish “washing” ??? 🙂
    But, I’d definitely keep my dogs away from these – I might have to keep my daughter away from them too – they look too good to share! 🙂

  12. I don’t envy Rosie her new diet and exercise routine, but I do envy that plate of cookies. Triple chocolate–what is not to love? They look great.

  13. Aw, Rosie knows a good thing when she sniffs it out! I’m a big fan of cookie dough, too. I’m so glad you enjoyed these cookies—adding coconut was a terrific idea! Your cookies look fabulous!!! xoxo
    P.S. Thank you for the sweet comment about my blog, too. Right back at ya!!!

  14. Oh, not for just after school – Charlie:-) While I don’t have a sweet tooth I do love chocolate chip cookies – my mother used to make them with hand-cut chunks of chocolate – no chocolate chips in those days;-)

  15. I so wanted to see a picture of Rosie enjoying morning tea. Dogs, they make my heart beat faster with there naughty little antics and I especially love the way you have writen this. Gorgeous cookies

  16. What great cookies these are Charlie and be perfect for any time during the day! To me life is too short to worry about weight. Having said that, I eat like a horse, but can’t gain weight!

  17. Charlie, I am afraid that currently Rosie and I have a similar problem–I could lose a few pounds, too, and now all I am going to be able to think about is these cookies! What a wonderful recipe. They sound absolutely delicious!

  18. Quadruple chocolate cookies! Wow I love the sound of those. And poor Rosie, she sounds a bit naughty too which I like what with getting up there and licking everything!

  19. Poor pup. She must have thought it was Christmas – the open dishwasher with so much deliciousness to be licked clean. Fabulous cookies! Think I shall have to make myself a batch.
    Have a wonderful weekend Charlie.
    🙂 Mandy xo

  20. Poor Rosie! Mr Bite’s mother had a rather overweight Labrador and whenever his Mum went on holiday and we had responsibility for feeding her, Mr B was horribly ruthless and never gave extras or large serves. His Mum always came back to a thinner dog and promptly set about feeding her up again.

    These cookies don’t look right for plump dogs but they look delicious for the rest of us and especially well suited to your athletic little guy.

  21. Our bunny was overweight at one point and we had to ration her food and treat. It was so sad; she was always starving, poor thing.
    The after school cookies look fabulous. Are chocolate buds the same as chips?

  22. Lovely Cookies, Darling.
    I want one!!! xx

  23. Oh dear Rosie, but I don’t blame her. These must have smelled amazing!

  24. i wish i had these cookies to welcome me home!

  25. Oh dear Rosie. A sweet tooth hey? Will’s family dog was obese. He ended up on diet dog food the poor thing.
    These look fantastic Charlie. I’m stashing them away for when Ollie is a bit bigger because he would go crazy for them!

  26. Dogs can be so sneaky! You’d think they would have evolved to not like chocolate since it’s poisonous for them…but no.

  27. Scary and delicious all at the same time. I hope your beautiful pooch is okay after her late night snack of chocolate overload… but these cookies do look like a slam dunk and perfect for the kids lunches.

  28. I feel much the same as Rosie after summer. I always go into summer eating well, exercising etc. and then there are vacations, BBQs, friends over and of course ice cream on hot nights. Time for my half rations and treadmill too! These cookies seem so easy and something the kids would love their first week back at school. 🙂

  29. Don’t worry, my mom’s dog is really fat too! I think sometimes they have slow metabolism. Haha! These cookies look really great!

  30. I’d be licking all of the utensils and bowls as well after making these cookies. In fact, I’m not sure these would make it to the oven. I’m a sucker for cookie dough.

  31. Oh poor Rosie, on a diet and now having to exercise……I can see why Alfie loves these cookies, they sounds and look delicious!

  32. These look great to me but I can imagine they have too many bits for some fussier members of the household – I would have loved my mum to have them ready for me after school – and am glad rosie is ok after licking the bowl – esp after the last time your dogs ate chocolate (if I remember rightly)

  33. Hi Charlie,
    I made theses today to serve to friends for afternoon tea,p. They were very well received! I do admit to using caramel bits instead of white chocolate though as I had the caramel bits already in the pantry and wanted to use them up.
    Great recipe thanks!


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