Chocolate Crackles

Today is arguably the most miserable day of the year, weather-wise. It well and truly sucks. So, I was kind of grumpy and very damp by the time I’d walked all the way from my boyfriend’s flat to Camden Town tube station. And its busy there, all the time. There is a constant flow of people- tourists, teenagers and Camden weirdos, going in and out, which is enough to turn any mood slightly foul. So there I was- wet and annoyed (having had to queue for ages behind people with very little understanding of how to top up an Oyster card).

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And then something caught my eye.

On the floor, underneath hundreds of rushing feet, was a wad of money. A wad.

I stared at it. ‘Don’t pick that up,’ a voice said to me. But I couldn’t help it. I glanced around- no one was looking. Not even the station guards had seemed to have noticed it. I grabbed it.

Walking down the unending spiral staircase, I felt so guilty. I had stashed it in my pocket, too scared to look in case someone saw. I felt like I had just robbed a bank.

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The entire journey home I could feel it, burning in my pocket. I just don’t know how criminals do this!

Am I a bad person? Yes. I know, I’m sorry.

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Please accept these Chocolate Crackles to make up for it!

Chocolate Crackles recipe adapted from Martha Stewart

4 ounces chocolate, melted

3 ounces flour

1 ounce cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

4 tablespoons butter, room temperature

2 1/2 ounces sugar

1 egg

4 tablespoons milk

Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Set aside to allow it to cool.

Sift together flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.

In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well until combined. Stir in the melted chocolate.

Mix in the dry ingredients and the milk, alternating them and mixing well. Wrap the dough in cling film and put in the fridge to rest until firm.

Once firm, roll the dough into a log, wrap in cling film and allow to cool for 30 more minutes. Cut the log into one inch pieces, roll into a ball and toss into a bowl of icing sugar, ensuring that the icing sugar coats the ball entirely.

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Place these balls on a baking tray and bake in a 180 degree oven for 12 ish minutes, or until the sugar has cracked and the cookie is, well, cookie shaped.

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xxR

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