I am not keen on the use of superlatives. For one they are generally overused, and secondly where does one go from there? Once I have used the superlative, say “best ever” cake, I would be stuck if I ever found a better one! In spite of the possible aforementioned predicament and after cooking biscuits for many years, I have to break my own rules and label these as “best ever”! I guess I could always use Newspeak, what with “goodest” then “plusgoodest” or “doubleplusgoodest”, triple, quadruple……
Before I get into the story, an apology and a thank you to my Mother. She sent me this recipe back in October 2010, so sorry for taking so long to try it out and thanks for sending me such a fantastic recipe in the first place.
For those of you who haven’t heard of the £250 or $250 biscuits or cookies…….. let me just say that this urban legend would have us believe that a customer is overcharged for a biscuit recipe. The most common story has it that a customer so enjoys some biscuits in a restaurant that they ask the waitress if they can have the recipe. The waitress says “two fifty”, the customer agrees and walks away with the recipe. It is only later when viewing the credit card bill that they realise it wasn’t two dollars and fifty cents but rather two hundred and fifty dollars. In revenge the customer then sends the recipe out to one and all via the internet.
Is the legend true? Well I have no idea. It is a good story though and the biscuits really are fantastic. So here, without further ado, is the recipe that I have been sat on for almost six years!!
£250 Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 24 biscuits
100g Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
100g Fine oatmeal
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
150g Dark chocolate
100g White chocolate
Take the egg and butter out of the fridge so that they can reach room temperature.
Peel the almonds if necessary.
Cream together the butter and sugars with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Beat in the egg and the vanilla essence.
Sieve and stir together the flour, oatmeal, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
Mix the flour mixture into the butter mixture.
Use a knife to roughly chop the almonds and the dark chocolate.
Grate the white chocolate.
Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC.
Mix the almonds and chocolates into the biscuit dough. You will probably have to knead the dough a little towards the end to fully mix in the almonds and chocolates.
Divide the dough into 24 equal pieces and roll each one into a ball.
These balls will spread out quite a bit, so place 4cm to 5cm apart on a lightly greased oven tray.
Bake for 12 to 13 minutes.
They should be lightly brown and still quite soft to the touch.
Leave the biscuits on the baking tray for about 10 minutes before moving them to wire racks to cool.
This recipe has quite a few ingredients and it might be a little off-putting, I do recommend you giving it a try though as they really are good biscuits.
By the way, I used white chocolate for the grated chocolate as I like white chocolate. Feel free to use any chocolate or chocolate bar you fancy as long as you can grate it.
Please let me know what you think via the comments option on the blog.
tsp – Teaspoon – 5ml
tbsp – Tablespoon – 15ml
2016 Lincoln W. Betteridge