Ok, that's it with the plugs, now onto the noms...
|Biscuits (/cookies) as they should be: large, soft and choc chunk-filled.|
I looked in my trusty, 'if it can be baked it'll be in there' cook book, the NZ Rally Cook Book 2, and out popped this crazy-sounding recipe: Instant Pudding Biscuits. Because of my afore-mentioned desire not to break copyright, I trawled the internet and easily found replications of this recipe to reference.
In the depths of the pantry I had stashed a packet of instant dessert mix for a 'rainy day'...
Chocolate was a good start, but several recipes online - including the one from the Greggs website - suggested adding things like nuts. But why add nuts when you can have more chocolate?! Although choc chips go with cookies like...well, I go with cookies, I'd run out and they tend to be at least a dollar more expensive for a smaller packet compared to baking buttons. And chopped up buttons are way more decadent, giving that bought-cookie choc-chunk texture...ooohhh I'm salivating now!!!
Add some sugar, flour and an egg, and you have instant(ish) happiness! Here's the recipe based on the one from a site claiming to speak into the quintessential Kiwi recipe...
Instant Pudding Biscuits (Cookies)
175 grams butter
1 cup sugar
1 packet instant pudding (approx. 70g)
1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
3 Tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped up chocolate buttons
Cream butter and sugar until butter is pale yellow and fluffier.
|Before and after - thanks to my ninja Kenwood handbeater!|
|It even looks like instant pud at this stage!|
|It should be noted: when I used the recipe book, the quantity of flour was given by weight and I underestimated it, as well as the butter quantity being more. So I couldn't really roll my mixture and it was very sticky.|
This recipe makes between 30 and 50 biscuits, depending on whether you want big or small ones. An addition half a cup of flour (2 cups total) will make the mixture easier to roll, but produce more solid cookies; this recipe makes lovely soft ones that spread as far as you'll let them!
I really think chocolate is unbeatable, but admittedly the instant pudding mix doesn't make much more of a difference than some cocoa and a bit more sugar would. Tasty alternatives could include using butterscotch pudding mix with butterscotch chips (I hear they exist?!), or strawberry pudding mix with dried fruit. Enjoy!