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.
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.
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.
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.
That would be a two-pronged attack on her waddling abdomen – diet and exercise. I’ll let you know how she survives.
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 210C (425F).
- Place an ovenproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Add butter and chocolate and stir until melted. Remove from heat.
- Add eggs and brown sugar to chocolate mixture and stir well to combine.
- Add flour and coconut and mix well.
- Add remaining ingredients and stir well to combine.
- Place tablespoons of mixture on oven trays lined with baking paper.
- Place trays in the oven for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and cool on a wire rack.