Triple Chocolate and Butterscotch Cinnamon Cookies

by Jenny

Thanet, the little “island” I grew up on has been all over the BBC this week with the airing of True Love (watch it here – UK only).

I’ve noticed over the past few years that I am unlike most of the people from my hometown on two counts:

1. I love Tracey Emin.

{Last In Love – Tracey Emin 2011}

2. I don’t think the Turner Centre is all that bad.

{Turner Centre photograph by Antonio Zazueta Olmos}

I just don’t get our national loathing of Emin. I don’t think that a lack of understanding of her work warrants her the title of untalented. I find the way she weaves autobiographical strands of her life through her work fascinating, and she has visual themes that have spanned decades.

My favourite works without a doubt are her blankets. She utilised her female status in a male-dominant discipline, and created pieces that reflected a craft that women have been working with for centuries.

{Hotel International – Tracey Emin 1993}

As for the Turner Centre, I agree, it’s not the greatest design for the location. They maybe should have made something that reflected the adjacent architecture, or used one of the plethora of abandoned buildings, in the manner of the Tate Modern.

However, compared with the eyesore that is Arlington House directly opposite, anything is better. The seafront view was ruined as soon as they erected that anyway.

{Dan with Margate’s real eyesore in the background}

I saw Emin’s work last weekend, albeit briefly, and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy the exhibition fully.

{a few pictures of Margate}

I made these cookies for Father’s Day (the reason I was in Thanet and couldn’t spend hours pouring over Emin’s work). At the last moment I found out that I was out of vanilla, so I substituted with cinnamon, which tasted delicious when dunked in tea. I also couldn’t help myself, so I threw in a handful of the butterscotch chips I received in my Food Penpal box (thanks again Nic!).

{Dan outside the Turner Centre/Jasper excitingly waiting for Dan}

The recipe says it makes 12-15 cookies, which must be about the size of a dinner plate each! I made 30, each a little bigger than their Maryland counterparts, and still have 2/3rds of the dough in my freezer.

Triple Chocolate and Butterscotch Cinnamon Cookies
adapted from BBC Food
makes 80 – 90 small cookies

350g plain flour
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 tsp salt
225g butter
175g caster sugar
175g soft brown sugar
3 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs
350g chocolate/butterscotch chopped (I used 100g each of white/milk/plain chocolate and 50g butterscotch chips)

Preheat the oven to 190C and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.

In one bowl combine your dry ingredients and give a quick stir to combine.

In a bowl with a mixer, beat together the butter and sugar.

When creamed together add 1 tbsp of the flour mixture.

Slowly beat the 2 eggs into the butter mixture.

Gradually beat in the flour and then stir in the chocolate.

Turn out the mixture onto a floured work surface and lightly knead for a few seconds until the mixture finishes coming together.

Cut into thirds, and roll each third into a sausage.

If baking straight away slice and place on a baking tray, widely spaced. Bake for 8 minutes.

Wrap the remaining thirds in clingfilm and then freeze or refrigerate until needed.

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