I always hate starting on a down note but my lovely wee gran passed away on Boxing Day at the ripe age of 94. My gran was a fiesty wee soul and in her prime years her diet and indeed were perhaps a bit skewed but none the less kept her fit and well for the majority of her days.
I remember going to my grans house for lunch and sleepovers and being somewhat baffled by the logic that Toblerones were in fact healthy because they had honey in them!
On one occasion I remember the delight at eating a Mars bar late at night with a copy of tea all warm by the fire in her wee cottage house, and these cookies which I made have delicious chunks of what is still one of my favourite chocolate bars.
The recipe is quick and easy and for the photo shoot I incorporated some lovely snapshots which we found in my grans house of my mum and aunt as youngsters feasting at the table.
170g of butter, softened (3/4 cup)
150g of soft light brown sugar (3/4 cup packed)
50g of granulated sugar (1/4 cup)
1 large free range egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
280g of plain flour
2 tsp of corn flour (corn starch)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
pinch of salt
2 (51g) Mars Bars, chilled and then chopped small (1 heaped cup, loosely piled in)
180g of semi sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F. gas mark 4. Line two baking sheets with baking paper. Set aside.
Cream the butter and both sugars together until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, vanilla and salt. Sift together the flour, soda and corn flour. Stir this into the creamed mixture to combine. Stir in the chopped Mars Bars and the chocolate chips. Scoop out and roll the dough into balls which are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Place two inches apart on the baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes, until nicely set and just turning golden brown at the edges. Let sit on the baking trays for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely - if you can wait that long!