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Blackcurrant and White Chocolate Cookies – We Should Cocoa 23

When I set blackcurrants as this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge, I had vague thoughts of making my mother’s Blackcurrant Buckle recipe. Neither of us have actually made this in more years than I care to remember, but it has lived on in my memory as a good one. A bit of adaptation in my usual way to include chocolate would have been a cinch. However, although I remembered to raid my mother’s blackcurrant bushes on my last visit there, I sadly forgot to raid her pile of recipe scraps for the neglected Buckle. All was by no means lost however, I did have something else in mind – two in fact.

One of the many surprise presents I received from CT on my birthday was a copy of Biscuits by Miranda Gore Brown, she of Great British Bake Off fame (1st series). This now sits in pride of place on my bedside table and forms my bedtime reading, giving me plenty of sweet things to dream about. When I first looked at the book, it just happened to open randomly on a recipe for blackcurrant and white chocolate biscuits – well really, how could I ignore that sign? The other idea I had was for ice-cream and frankly, that could wait for another day.

I only made half the quantity given and just as well. Miranda’s recipe was for 16 biscuits. All I can say is, I’d be delighted to be invited around to her house for tea; my half amount produced 15 large biscuits – I can only assume hers are absolutely ginormous. Other than rounding up the odd measures that halving the recipe entailed, I reduced the sugar slightly and used my usual half wholemeal flour mix.

This is how I made them:

  • Creamed 115g unsalted butter with 100g cardamom sugar (caster) until very light and fluffy.
  • Beat in about 80g condensed milk.
  • Mixed in 175g self-raising flour (half wholemeal, half white).
  • As mixture was a little stiff, added a tbsp of milk.
  • Mixed in 75g chopped white chocolate (G&B).
  • Carefully mixed in 90g blackcurrants.
  • Placed 15 large dollops on a tray covered with a silicone mat and baked at 180C for 10 minutes at which point the biscuits were golden and crisp around the edges.
  • Left on the tray for ten minutes then transferred to a wire rack to cool completely.

These were crisp on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside and were what I would term cookies rather than biscuits. They spread more than I anticipated, so most of them merged into each other, which was a bit annoying. Oh, but they tasted good! Sweet biscuits with little caramely bites of white chocolate which contrasted with bursts of tart juicy berries giving a great taste sensation.

So, although these were made primarily for We Should Cocoa, they happen to fulfil the criteria for several other blog challenges. So I am also entering them into:

Alpha Bakes – a monthly challenge run by The More Than Occasional Baker and Caroline Makes. The randomly generated number this month comes from Caroline and is W for White chocolate.

Made with Love Mondays – a weekly challenge set by Javelin Warrior’s Cookin w/Luv to make something completely from scratch.

Simple & In Season – a monthly challenge created by Ren of Fabulicious Food which is guest hosted this month by Fleur of Homemade by Fleur

Bookmarked Recipes – a monthly challenge run by Jac of Tinned Tomatoes, but originally created by Ruth’s Kitchen Experiments to make something you’ve bookmarked from a book, magazine or online.

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    Foodycat
    15th July 2012

    These look lovely! I think the hint of cardamom sounds like a great addition.

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    Johanna GGG
    15th July 2012

    I know the feeling of needing to get the recipe from the oracle – I have a pudding that I want to make and have to get it off my mum – I think I know most of it but am just not sure enough. Glad you had a few more ideas – your biscuits look great – one of my favourite choc chip cookie recipes has condensed milk in it sure am sure I would love them

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      What would we do without mothers? Other than flapjacks, I’ve never used condensed milk in biscuits before so it was fun to see how they would turn out – delicious of course!

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    Ellen B Cookery
    15th July 2012

    This is so different…. I love it. By the way, thanks for pointing out the nonnettes. I’ve passed the recipe on to my daughter and we are going to give it a try ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      Thanks Ellen – I hope the Nonnettes work out for you both – I’m a real fan.

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    Hannah
    15th July 2012

    These look really good, definitely more cookie than biscuit! Our blackcurrant bush has a grand total of one green sick looking blackcurrant on it so I am very jealous of your plundered berries!

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      Choclette
      15th July 2012

      Oh dear Hannah, that doesn’t sound good. It’s not a great year for very much though – other than slugs!

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      CC, I think this is an excellent use for them. I shall be baking these biscuits again.

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    Javelin Warrior
    15th July 2012

    I really, really wish I could get my hands on fresh blackcurrants! These look delicious and I love crispy/chewy cookies, especially those that include fruit or chocolate (or both is even better). I’m always amazed at how you manage to work chocolate into every recipe and I’m so glad you decided to share with Made with Love Mondays…

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      Choclette
      19th July 2012

      Hee hee, it wouldn’t be much of a chocolate blog if I didn’t use that most crucial of ingredients JW! Blackcurrants like a cool climate, but I’m sure you could find them in some form or other.

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    Alida
    15th July 2012

    Mmm…. they do look good. They seem crunchy and yummy to me! And blackcurrants are great in cakes and biscuits. Well done Choclette.

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    Caroline
    15th July 2012

    They sound utterly amazing. I was thinking of pairing white chocolate with blackcurrants too – the sharpness of the berries and the sweetness of the chocolate ought to work really well. It’s ages since I’ve had a good biscuit/cookie and these look great!

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      Choclette
      21st July 2012

      You’re absolutely right C, this combination is a really good one for the reasons you stated. I’ve used it in ice cream too where it also worked brilliantly.

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    Jo
    15th July 2012

    They sound and look absolutely delicious Choclette! I love the idea of pairing sweet white chocolate and tart blackcurrants.

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    thelittleloaf
    16th July 2012

    Blackcurrant and white chocolate sounds like a match made in heaven. Very keen to get my hands on Miranda’s book, it sounds fab, even if her portions are slightly out of control!

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      Choclette
      21st July 2012

      It’s a great combination and a book and I’ve been enjoying reading it before going to bed AND then dreaming of biscuits all night!!!

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    corrie
    16th July 2012

    I do so love pastries with fruits! Have to give this one a go. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Thanks Corrie. Fruit is a great way to counteract the sweetness and richness of pastries.

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      I’ve made blackcurrant flapjacks for work before and they’ve always been a big success.

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    16th July 2012

    they look wonderful. I do love a fruity biscuit… bet these were divine slightly warm and a little cakey… I am stumped to what I should do this month… I though I had an idea but not entirely sure… it’s my mums birthday this coming weekend so it could be as simple as a chocolate victoria sponge with blackcurrant jam!

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Dom, I think that suggestion rocks and is sure to be a winner. Hope your mum has a lovely birthday and enjoys her cake. July babies rock too come to that ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Thanks Phil, I think it works wonderfully well, but the sort of think I didn’t desperately appreciate when I was little.

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    Homemade by Fleur
    17th July 2012

    Very clever to come up with something that fits so many challenges. I’ve come up with a recipe that uses similar ingredients to yours but in dessert form. Fab entry for Simple and in Season.

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Thanks Fleur – I just got lucky with this one. My aim now is to do six!

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    hungryhinny
    17th July 2012

    These look brilliant – and huge considering they’re half the original size!

    I’m having real issues getting hold of blackcurrants – none of the fruit and veg traders I’ve spoken to have seen any sign of them yet! I’m hoping they’ll come in before the end of the month for what I want to make…

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Hope you strike lucky Nat. Don’t you have any next door neighbour gardens you could raid?

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    Ananda Rajashekar
    18th July 2012

    Those cookies looks wonderful, i haven’t tried cookies with condensed milk and cardamon sounds very interesting! Thanks for the comment, i’m a long holiday in India enjoying with my family, though post doctorate position is in pipeline, i’m planning to spend bit more time with family ๐Ÿ™‚ happy summer to you!

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Hi Ananda, lovely to hear from you. Glad your enjoying a good long holiday in India and catching up with some sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

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    celia
    18th July 2012

    Lovely, olde-worlde bikkies, Choc! Hard to believe a half batch made so many! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      I know Celia, I was quite pleased to have only made half the amount. Though I guess I could always have frozen the other half – now there’s an idea!

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    Janice
    19th July 2012

    These look lovely, love that crispy outside, chewy inside stylee cookie.

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Thanks Janice. Texture and flavour contrast made these very special. Must remember them for next year.

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    Baking Addict
    19th July 2012

    Wow brilliant challenge recipe – I’ll have to pass the challenge queen title to you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love the sound of these cookies. Thanks for entering them to AlphaBakes!

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      Choclette
      22nd July 2012

      Hee hee Ros. This is the 2nd time I’ve managed five – need to try for six next time!

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    Green Dragonette
    22nd July 2012

    Having just returned with 7lbs of blackcurrants picked from a very kind friend’s garden and made all the jam/jelly I need this seems an excellent way to use the remainder!

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      Choclette
      23rd July 2012

      Picking 7 lbs of blackcurrants sounds like a labour of love, they are not the easiest fruit to pick. These biscuits are good, but so is the Blackcurrant ice-cream I’ve also made. Will be blogging about that soon.

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    Mich - Piece of Cake
    31st July 2012

    Hi I am dropping by via AlphaBakes. What a lot of delicious looking cookies. I love the idea of combining blackcurrants and white chocolate.

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    Amy Gibson
    16th September 2016

    Hello,
    Is the self-raising flour, 87.5g of wholemeal self-raising flour and 87.5g plain self-raising flour making a total of 175g?

    Thank you

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      Choclette
      16th September 2016

      Hi Amy. Yes it’s 175g in total. I wouldn’t worry about being exact 90g of one and 85g of another should be fine. Would love to see a photo and hear how you got on if you do make them.

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