Double-Crust Mincemeat Pies Part 2

Double-Crusted-Mincemeat-PiesCHRISTMAS MINCE PIES

A couple of weeks back I promised you that as soon as 4 weeks was up after making part 1 of this recipe the mincemeat filling we would get started on making some mincemeat pies.

You can read about “What is mincemeat pie?” and “The history of mincemeat pie” in the link above if you want more background about this lovely festive treat.

Today I am using the mincemeat that has been maturing over the last few weeks.

As I opened the jar of mincemeat filling that I recently made my heart just melted it took me right back home to eating Christmas pies with my family with a cuppa tea!

My sisters and I would always fight over the mincemeat pies as there was five 0f us in the family.

There would always be couple of mincemeat pies left and after mum got hers we were down to the last one which we would wrestle over. My dad on the other hand doesn’t really like mince pies as he prefers his apple pies.

My kids were there when I opened the jar of mincemeat asking what we were going to make today as a family because I love involving my children and teaching them family traditions.

I said today we are making a special treat that only comes at Christmas. Ooh said my eldest just like Santa bringing us presents.

I had to laugh kids can be so funny sometimes but I’m happy that they don’t complain about wanting to learn how to cook. The youngest she just wants to get in there and start tasting and this is before the mincemeat pies are even baked.

I also have some mincemeat pie orders from my UK friends asking if they can have some too. I may have to get Christmas orders in early next year as they are flying out the door.


Mincemeat Pies
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This is part 2 of my mincemeat pie recipe. The first recipe will teach you how to make and store the mincemeat and today how to make the lovely mincemeat tarts.
Recipe type: Mincemeat Pies
Cuisine: Christmas
Serves: 24
  • Shortcrust pastry
  • 8oz/227g plain flour
  • 60z/170g butter
  • ⅓ cup caster sugar
  • 1 egg (separated)
  • Cold water for mixing
  • Flour for dusting
  • 1 Jar mincemeat
  • Butter for greasing
  • Milk for brushing
  • Icing sugar or caster sugar (extra fine sugar) for dusting
  1. Sieve the flour into a bowl
  2. Run in the butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  3. Add sugar and mix well. Now add the egg yolk into the mixture and enough water to form a soft dough.
  4. Roll out the dough to at thickness of ½ inch rounds
  5. Heat the oven to 200oC/400oF. Roll out the pastry as thinly as possible on a lightly floured board
  6. Using a plain round cutter, cut out 24 circles. Then with a smaller cutter cut out another 24 these will be the lids for the pies.
  7. Grease muffin pans, dust them with flour and line them with the larger circles.
  8. Fill each one with mincemeat, around ½ teaspoon, and then brush the edges with milk. (click link in blog post to read >> how to make mincemeat)
  9. Press the smaller rounds on top and seal the edges.
  10. Brush the tops with milk
  11. Sprinkle a little sugar over the tops of the pies
  12. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the pastry is light golden brown.
  13. Cool in the tins, and then transfer the pies to a wire rack to become cold.
  14. Store them in an airtight tin.
  15. Just before serving, dust the tops with icing sugar and serve warm.


These pies are called Double-crust Mincemeat Pies only because we will be topping them off with a pastry lid. The pies can be frozen for up to 6 months  and when needed just thaw at room temperature.

What a better way to spend a cold winters evening with friends and family by indulging in some homemade mince pies. I usually serve mine with some whipped cream or brandy butter just for an extra bit of luxury.


Nicky x


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The Grocery Game Challenge Nov 4-10, 2013 #1: Holiday baking on a budget

baking-supplies-ingredientsHOLIDAY COOKIE SMELLS FILL THE AIR

The holiday season is fast approaching and whether you buy cookies or enjoy baking cookies some of the best cookie recipes may cost your holiday baking budget some cash if you don’t plan in advance.

With less than 2 months until the festivities there’s no better time to get baking than the present. If you wait until the last-minute you might find you get overwhelmed with having to shop for gifts, plan a dinner, getaway to the relatives, work and friends Christmas parties and then bake on top of it all.

Some of my favourite Christmas cookie recipes that I like to bake and to eat are the butter cookies and the sugar cookies both of which are fairly inexpensive to make with butter being the costly baking ingredient. Making sugar cookies from scratch are probably one of my favourite cookies to make because it reminds me of home. My mum used to make shortbread but the butter, sugar and shortbread cookies all taste the same with a bit of difference in texture.

This past year I posted a few of our favourite holiday treat recipes such as chocolate peanut butter balls, coconut balls and snow balls all of which are my most popular blog post recipes this time of year. I haven’t been making cakes as much this year as I did in 2012 but they can get quite costly as well depending on what type of cake you are making.


Cost of  baking



Around the holidays using alcohol, sugar, butter, nuts, flour and even out of season fruits like figs and apricots can drive the price up of Christmas cakes that you might make for those special holiday gatherings.

The prices of walnut pieces are at $17.99 a pound right now in the bulk store and If I see a sale you can bet I’ll jump in and grab them while I can. Just yesterday we picked up 4 bags of granulated sugar on sale for $1.44 which is the cheapest I’ve seen in ages so I picked up the limit of 4 at No Frills.

I find I use lots of walnuts and pecans for holiday baking and the manufacturers know that bakers around the world commercially and in-house bakers like us will go through lots of nuts so expect the price to stay high for the most part. What we like to do is if I find them cheap throughout the year we buy them and freeze the nuts.

You might remember all the cashew nuts we bought a few weeks back in our grocery game post and it was for the $1.99 price tag that we bought them because we know that nut prices will sky-rocket. If you are peanut fan you can usually find large bags of seasoned or salt and roasted nuts at Shoppers Drug Mart on sale for $2.50 a bag which is a great price in my opinion.

I have a friend whose mother makes a chex mix and bags it up every year for their friends and family in clear bags and wraps with a bow. They give these away as gifts with a bottle of wine as a gift rather than buying gifts and it may seem simple and it is but it is very costly. Nuts and some chips like Fritos are not cheap but certainly make this treat one that we all look forward to every year as a tradition.


Shop early


What we do is start looking for Christmas baking ingredients earlier in the year or even a few months before the holidays. Butter has been on sale the past few months for around $2.88 a pound so we loaded up on a few pounds here and there and store it in the freezer.

Butter will keep in the freezer for a few months but be cautious about how long it stays in there. We store it in a freezer bag and track dates on our freezer inventory list that is in our file folder. You can download a free copy from the blog if you want to track what is inside your freezer.

Some people stick to the very simple and make easy peanut butter cookies to munch on for the holidays and you can easily chocolate them up by adding some of your favourite chocolate chips or chunks. The best chocolate chips to use if you are making simple choc chip cookies (that’s how the wife says it but I say choccie) are a mix of semi-sweet and milk chocolate for me personally but it differs depending on your sweet-tooth preference.

The price of chocolate chips can get very costly although if you watch you might find the bulk bag 1kg of Hershey’s Chipits on sale for $6.99 or even $7.99 which is a decent price. If you are a Costco member you might find the cost of baking ingredients to be cheaper in bulk packaging as long as you will use the product which most people do who like to bake over the holidays. We’ve always found the best baking ingredients to be found at the bulk barn but not necessarily the cheapest in price.

If there is an odd ingredient or you need fancy baking supplies especially if you want to make decorated holiday cookies usually the bulk barn will carry it unless you know of a baking supply store in your area or even try Micheal’s stores.

Do you make any Christmas cookie recipes or other holiday treats?

How far in advance do you plan to shop and bake?

How do you factor in holiday baking costs into your budget?


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Food Basics

  • Sweet Potatoes $7.23 Sale $0.88lb
  • Pumpernickel Bread Sale $2.00
  • Bananas $1.18
  • 3 Mangoes $2.64
  • 2 x broccoli $0.88 each
  • 2x White Mushrooms Sale $0.88 227g
  • Reduced cucumbers x 3 $1.69
  • 2 x Egg Creations reduced $1.50-$1.00 coupons
  • 1KG Bucket Krinos Feta $13.99

Total out of pocket $33.25

Bulk Barn

  • 2x Organic Apple Cider $1.00 each reduced

Total out of pocket $2.00

No Frills

  • 4x Redpath Sugar  sale $1.44 each
  • 3x Catch of the day Basa Fillets Sale $8.88 each
  • Avocados Sale $1.88 5ct
  • Baby bok choy $3.36
  • Bosc Pears $1.31
  • 5lb Clementines $3.88
  • 6lbs Macintosh apples Sale $2.97

Total Out of Pocket $45.80

Yearly grocery budget for two: $2819.38


  • Total Grocery Budget for the Month: $235.00 or $78.33 week with one no-shop week per month or $58.75 for 4 weeks per month. (During the months with 5 weeks we just make it work)
  • Total Budget For November $235.00
  • Total Coupons Used this Week : $2.00
  • Total Discounts this Week: $0
  • Total Gift Cards Given Used this Week: $0
  • Total Rewards Points Used: $0
  • Stockpile Budget: $0 Used $0
  • Total Spent This Week: $81.05
  • Total Spent So Far for November $81.05
  • Total Over/Under spend this shop: $0
  • Total Over/Under spend for the month of (November): $0
  • Total Left to Spend for the Month: $153.95
  • Total Coupons Used This Month: $2.00
  • Total to Carry Over Next Month: $0
  • Total Spent To Date This Year: $206.95 (Jan)+ $160.77 (Feb) + (March)$169.62 + (April)$397.74+(May) $155.68 + (June) $216.01+ (July) $235.83 + (August) $182.35 + (September) $255.69 + (October) $196.64=  $2177.28 (does not include stockpile budget)
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Chickpea Coconut Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies


What’s Hiding In Your Cookie?

I know what you are thinking, cookies made with chickpeas sound disgusting but the truth is far from that. You know from previous posts that I am a chickpea fan and will use all kinds of chick peas to create recipes for our menu plan. These are the crazy cookies of the year for me I think but they work and I’m sure once you make them you will agree that you can hardly taste chickpeas at all in the cookie. The best thing is that it’s a cookie recipe for kids and they won’t even know they are eating healthy chickpeas in their favourite chocolate chip cookies.

Where did my crazy cookie idea come from?

As I was getting ready to cook my dry chickpeas in the crockpot I had this thought about making cookies with chickpeas. There was something about the colour and texture of the mashed chickpea that reminded me of what the batter for chocolate chip cookies looked like. That’s when the bright idea hit me to try and create cookies with chickpeas. I’m like to make a mess in the kitchen exploring new foods so why not give it a try I thought.

The first thing I did, and this might sound odd is I put a spoonful of chickpeas on a plate, mashed them and then added a few chocolate chips into the mix. I ate that to test what chickpea chocolate chip cookies might actually taste like, minus all the other ingredients of course. I just wanted to see if my idea was crazy or if I might actually be able to create a cookie that was full of some healthy goodness. I’d like to say I came up with this crazy idea first but through further research, that is not the case. None the less, this is a recipe that I will make over and over again.

I had no idea if this cookie was even going to work but what was the worst that could happen. If you think about it, the ingredients I chose for this recipe are what we practically would use in a traditional chocolate chip cookie. I’ve substituted some of the fats and changed the flour then added chickpeas.

I decided to use 3 ingredients together to see how they would work almond oil, coconut oil and barley flour. I chose barley flour because I know from previously using it in baked goods such as muffins and cakes that it creates a moist texture to anything that I bake. Since my wife was on a low gi diet we thought it would be great as well since she eats lots of barley. I was worried that the chickpeas might be dry so a couple of tablespoons of what I call magic barley flour should do the trick. It worked like a charm.

What is almond oil?

I know you might think that almond oil is only good for beauty products such as hair products, massage oils and perfumes but you can use it to stir fry and in this case I used it in my chickpea cookies. It has a sweet smell and tastes just like almonds. They press the sweet almonds to extract the almond oil. It has many health benefits and is packed with vitamins and the best part is that it aids digestion for those with digestive problems.

The oil from bitter almonds can also be used in cooking and it’s also what makes amaretto so I’m told. We picked up our bottle of almond oil at the Indian shop for about $8.00 which we thought was reasonable. It says it can be used for both beauty and cooking. Almonds can also be used to make almond butter and almond milk where almond flour is used as a gluten-free alternative to flour.  You can read more about almond oil here.

What is barley flour? 

Barley flour is a non-wheat flour that is low in gluten and all you do is grind up barley until it’s a fine powder. With its nutty flavour you might just enjoy adding it to your baking to give your sweets a wildly moist product. The first time I used it I used too much barley flour but through research learned why I can’t substitute flour in a recipe for barley flour in its entirety. My understanding is that you can use barley flour in place of half the flour for a recipe of breads or baked goods but I’m sure it boils down to trial and error.

What I didn’t know was that barley flour doesn’t last too long before it goes rancid, 1-2 months in the pantry or up to 4 months in the freezer where my bag will be going as soon as I finish up this post. I also didn’t know that barley could be used as thickeners for sauces and soups. Now that I know that I’m going to test that out and see what I can do with it. I’m not sure what sauce or soup I would use it in though. If you are allergic to wheat flour then barley flour might be a good alternative for you. You can read more about barley flour here.

What is coconut oil?

“Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm.” We’ve been using Grace coconut oil ever since my friend who is also a doctor recommended it to us instead of frying with extra virgin olive oil but only in moderation as it is high in fat. Although you will find coconut oil in the health food aisles at your favourite grocery stores as it has become “very popular with vegans” and those who feel coconut oil is a benefit to them such as natural foodies like us. We are just part-time natural foodies but are learning all we can about it. Coconut oil smells and tastes like coconut and can also be used on your hair to give it a smooth silky touch. (My wife uses it on her hair)


What is Flax Seed?

My friend also told me that he puts flax seeds on his yogurt and in his morning cucumber smoothies so I went looking for it back a couple of weeks now in the health food aisle. I was lucky to get 3 bags of free flax-seed due to the scanning code of practice at 2 different Zehrs stores in Ontario. What were the chances of that? Anyhow, I decided to add them into the chickpea mixture for added health benefits. “Flax seeds come in two basic varieties: (1) brown; and (2) yellow or golden and contain high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids.” 

I hope you enjoy these cookies and the tidbits of information above. I enjoy learning about ingredients I use in my recipes and hope that you do as well.


Chickpea Coconut Flax Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Prep time: 1o minutes (more if you use dry chickpeas but I cook them in the crockpot in advance)
  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Cooking time: approx 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees (adjust according to your oven)
  • Serving Size: large cookies 12-14 or more if you make them small


Ingredients for cookies

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsps oats
  • 2 tbsps barley flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs large
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 whole flax-seed ( or crushed)
  • 2.5 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsps pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp almond oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups of chickpeas (not dry)



  • In a food processor add your chickpeas, vanilla extract, coconut and flax seeds and blend together until it becomes a paste
  • In your stand mixer add in your butter, brown sugar, almond oil, coconut oil and mix adding your eggs one by one until combined.
  • Add in the dry ingredients your barley flour, oats, whole wheat flour, salt, baking soda, and mix until combined.
  • Add in the chickpea mixture to the stand mixer and mix until combined
  • Fold in your chocolate chips gently
  • On a baking sheet with a silpat or parchment paper add about 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture per cookie. I made big cookies but it’s up to you what size you like.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 8-10 minutes or until just slightly browned as they finish cooking on the baking sheet as soon as you take them out. If you like a harder cookie you can cook them for longer

I hope you enjoy making these chickpea coconut flax chocolate chip cookies and remember if you want to substitute flavours you can by adding in raisins, butterscotch chi-pits whatever you like.

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5 Ingredients: Simple Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mr.CBB's 5 Ingredient Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies were baked as a last minute treat the other night because I was laying in bed and was craving chocolate. So, we both ended up in the kitchen to whip up a batch of these peanut butter chocolate chip beauties just for me because the wife is on a low-gi diet. Although we did whip up a batch of cookies for her last week which we called a biscotti of sorts so she’s had her cookie fix.

Typically whenever chocolate cravings start I want to reach for something like my fudgy brownies but I didn’t want to spend too much time in the kitchen. So peanut butter chocolate chip cookies was what I had set out to make although my cowboy quickie cookies did come to mind too. I do like thick chewy peanut butter cookies so I tend to make them chunky. I was eating hot, fresh from the oven soft, chewy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with a glass of cold  milk faster than you can say, homemade.

Ok, well not that fast but peanut butter cookies are probably the easiest cookie you could ever make. I prefer homemade cookies vs store bought cookies any day of the week. It’s a no-fail recipe and a cookie recipe that you can include the kids with when baking in the kitchen.

What is Peanut Butter?

Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Peanuts and Peanut Butter

Good question because as common as peanut butter (a.k. a. monkey butter in world war 2) may be to most in North America, UK, Netherlands and parts of Asia some might not have a clue what it is.

Peanut butter depending on what brand you purchase essentially is crushed up roasted peanuts, salt and other ingredients which may include a partially hydrogenated vegetable oil. According to wiki it is high in trans fatty acids and can potentially cause health problems such as heart disease and stroke. All the reason to enjoy it in moderation.

As you can see in the picture of peanut butter and roasted peanuts from 2 different companies that they also in fact have oils added to them with  soybean oil, sugar and corn dextrin in the peanut butter. If you shop around you can purchase all-natural peanut butter in the organic section of your grocery store and in health food stores.

Peanut butter does have nutrients according to the Kraft brand label such as vitamin E, vitamin B3 Niacin, Folate and Magnesium. It’s also low in saturated fats and trans fat-free. We enjoy Kraft peanut butter amongst the others we have tried in our home. Kraft Peanut Butter even has an easy peanut butter recipe on the side of the container very similar to mine except I use baking powder, add in chocolate chips and make a quick homemade peanut butter.

How To Make Home-made Peanut Butter?

It takes mere seconds to grind up fresh roasted peanuts in the food processor to make fresh homemade peanut butter which I do once in a while. I start with 1.5 cups of natural peanuts (or whatever peanuts I have) roasted in the oven for 4-6  minutes (be careful they don’t burn, move them about every so often), cool for 2-5 minutes in the refrigerator (or freezer for faster results, heck if it’s winter leave it out on the front porch covered), tablespoon of sugar (depending on how sweet you want it), pinch of salt and tablespoon+ of vegetable, canola or peanut oil. I’ve also used almond oil. I’m hopefully going to be trying my hand at making almond butter and cashew butter in the future.

I don’t tend to make too much at once as it spoils easily. I make as much as I need for a recipe or for a day or so of lunches and snacks as I just don’t eat enough to warrant large quantities of it. It may also be cheaper than buying peanut butter from the shops as the price the past couple of years has gone through the roof. I’ve seen 1kg of peanut butter as much as $7.99 which is a far cry from the $1.99 it used to be on sale a few years back.

We picked up a couple of jars on sale when our mates came round for the summer although the kids didn’t end up eating it so now we have some to use up. My mother would also make her own homemade peanut butter as we simply didn’t fancy the store-bought kind although we didn’t have it often. It’s also healthier as there won’t be any preservatives.

Unfortunately I didn’t have all-natural peanuts for this recipe so I used what I had on hand. If you want all natural peanuts you can get them straight from the shell or in bulk where the peanut has had nothing done to it ie: processed or preservatives added.

Peanut Butter Sandwiches

There are those people though that  may not have heard of peanut butter before and it’s called for in a recipe they are trying to make. Peanut butter is like a paste or a spread as I prefer to call it and can be used in many recipes or sauces but traditionally it’s in the pantry to satisfy the peanut butter sandwich craving when it hits.

Not only kids fancy peanut butter though… so do adults. Hands up, wherever you are. My wife is one of the adults and has gone as far as making the following PB sandwiches in the past…..

  • Peanut butter and Jam sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Jam and Banana sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Banana and Nutella sandwich
  • Peanut butter, Banana and raisins sandwich
  • Peanut butter,bacon and jelly sandwich

I know what you are thinking and believe me I had to turn away sometimes as she enjoyed these and yes I’ve tried them all only because she asked nicely.That and I made her try Marmite on toast which she despises ha. The best one of them all that I enjoyed was the peanut butter, banana and Nutella sandwich. There’s something about the chocolate taste that brings the entire sandwich together especially when we make it a grilled sandwich.

Peanut Allergy

Peanut butter cookies are one of those old-fashioned cookies that end up in every parents kitchen because kids dig peanut butter. That is unless you have a peanut allergy in your home. Many schools have even banned parents from sending any form of product with peanuts due to children having allergies  which could cause them to go into  anaphylactic shock. Protecting the children is very important especially in life threatening situations like this could become.

If you want to make a bar cookie recipe from the batter I think peanut butter chocolate chip bars would be a hit. I didn’t add too much sugar to the cookie batter because I added the chocolate chips but you can add more if you like a really sweet cookie. Some other ways to jazz up this cookie would be to add raisins, coconut, cocoa, mini M&M’s or some chunks of roasted peanuts if you wanted a crunchy texture cookie. With these cookies make sure you space them apart as they tend to spread.  I take them from the baking sheet about 1 minute after they have rested and move to a cooling rack.

  • A bowl
  • Measuring Cups
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Spatula
  • Food Processor to make homemade peanut butter
  • Prep Time : 15-20 minutes less if you don’t make your own peanut butter
  • Cook Time: 5-7 minutes at 350 degrees
5 Ingredients For Cookies
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of  homemade peanut butter- see recipe up top (or commercial grade)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Making Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Add the peanut butter to the bowl and mix in the sugar
  • Add in your baking powder and egg, mix to combine
  • Add in your chocolate chips and mix
  • Scoop enough to make a cookie onto a baking sheet with parchment paper
  • Bake at 350 degrees for about 5-7 minutes
  • Don’t over-cook or they will be crunchy. I tend to under-cook as they continue cooking once you take them out from the oven.

I hope you enjoy these peanut butter chocolate chip cookies as much as I do with a cold glass of milk or a cuppa tea or coffee. If you fancy adding your own cookie ingredients to the peanut butter base there’s no harm in trying. I know making cookies is like making memories and that’s what we aim to do in the CBB kitchen so I hope you can take this recipe and make it your own memory.


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Mr.CBB’s Chocolate Chewy Big Bites

Chocolate Chewy Big BitesThese chocolate chewy big bites were named thanks to Canadian Budget Binder Facebook Fan Patricia Morell Manuel when I asked the fans to help me name my cookie. I know you probably think by now that I love chocolate and sweets and to some extent you are correct. Although I enjoy my puddings and cakes creating homemade cookies is something I enjoy even more. My wife also has a passion for cookies as we don’t always like to have the same boring chocolate chip cookies.

She remembers making cookies with her mother and grandmother when she was a child and that’s what sparked her interest in the kitchen just like my parents did for my siblings and I. She was able to participate in mixing the cookie dough or rolling the dough into balls and of course eating them. I always got caught sneaking bits of chocolate when my mum wasn’t looking. We both believe that memories in the kitchen with children do last a lifetime and that if we have a child one day we will do the same for him/her.

For us, there’s nothing more rewarding than grabbing a cup of tea and a couple of delicious chocolate chewy big bites as a snack any time of the day. If you have kids dipping their hands into the cookie jar is just as rewarding especially if they helped make them. Moderation is always important with everything in our diet so we splurge when we get the urge and stay active. What I really like about these cookies though is not only the fact that I used quite a bit of chocolate but the depth of chocolate taste. You will also notice when you roll the cookie dough it is a bit wet and when you take them from the oven the centres are a bit gooey but that’s OK. This is what you want and it creates a softy chewy centre that is creamy and sweet and hits the spot. 

For this easy chocolate cookie recipe I used 4 types of chocolate which sounds like alot and you know what, it is! It’s a chewy cookie for the chocoholic in you! The different types of chocolate I used all lend a certain taste to the cookie which I think comes together nicely. You can use whatever chocolate you have on hand but the better quality you buy the better your cookie will taste. This is not the best chocolate for baking but somewhere in the middle I would say, affordable for an everyday grocery budget for most.

Types of Chocolate

The chocolate bars we actually picked up last year as they were hiding on the shelf at Zehrs with pink stickers and a lovely coupon right in front of them. I can’t remember the exact price but the wife says they were a $0.25, likely why we bought enough to store some for baking and for those days we get the chocolate cravings. One day I would also like to try my hand at making white chocolate chip cookies as that’s something I haven’t gotten into yet. I’ve tried white chocolate and it’s not that bad although it’s essentially not really a chocolate at all.

  1. Hershey Milk Chocolate Chipits
  2. Frys Cocoa
  3. PC Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Bar
  4. Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate square

When making the chocolate chewy big bites I noticed after the first batch that I needed to use a fork to push down the ball of cookie dough simply because it was a wet dough. I also rolled the balls a bit bigger to give them a nice spread, after all they are called “big bites” so make them a decent size.These are not flat cookies as they tend to puff in the middle and are a thick cookie which I prefer but admittedly have a passion for all types of cookies.

I also decided to add some sweetened coconut to the cookie to give it that island coco-nutty taste along with some crunchy walnuts for texture. I seem to enjoy different types of nuts in cookies because I think nuts and cookies go together so well. Don’t over cook these cookies or they will be crunchy. I always like to check while they are baking as every oven is different. When I see a brown colour under the cookies I remove them to finish cooking on the hot baking sheet.

Chewy Big Bites Ingredients

Chocolate Chewy Bites Ingredients

2 cups Hershey Chipits Milk Chocolate
1 PC Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Bar 
1 Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate Square
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 large eggs slightly beaten
2 tablespoons pure vanilla
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped fine walnuts
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter
2 cups of white all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cookie Dough On Baking Tray

Mixing It All Up!
  • Soften your butter just slightly in the microwave oven
  • Break up your chocolate bar into small pieces
  • Melt your baking square in the microwave oven
  • In your bowl or mixer add in the salt, flour, baking powder, cocoa,brown sugar, granulated sugar and mix
  • Mix in the butter and eggs, then add in the remaining ingredients and mix to combine thoroughly
  • Have 2 baking sheets prepared with parchment paper
  • Roll dough into balls and just slightly press down on the tops
  • Bake in the middle rack of a 350 degree oven for about 8-10 minutes
  • Remove when the bottom of the cookie looks browned as they continue to cook in the baking sheet when you take them out from the oven
  • Let sit on tray for 5 minutes after you remove from the oven then move them to a cooling rack
  • Enjoy!

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