These cakey cookies are just festive enough to get that Christmas vibe going, but chocolatey enough to please people who claim not to like mince pies (the monsters). This recipe makes around 14, depending on how large you'd like them to be.
- 75g caster sugar
- 180g plain flour
- 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- 4 tablespoons of mincemeat (widely available from supermarkets)
- 180g butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- A pinch of mixed spice (more if you like)
- 100g chocolate, broken into pieces (we used a mixture of milk and dark)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest of one satsuma (optional)
- A pinch of salt
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180c/160c/gas 4.
2. With a wooden spoon or using a food mixer, beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg, vanilla and mincemeat and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until it forms a sticky dough.
4. Spoon blobs of the mixture onto lined baking trays, leaving enough space between each as they will grow as they cook (we used two baking trays).
5. Bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes - keep a close eye on them as they cook very fast - then leave to cool on the trays.
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