Chocolate Rum Sablés

After a great weekend in beautiful snowy Amsterdam, I had a rather rough start into the week. I just could not get out of bed, much less be motivated to do something useful. Is it possible that you get hangovers that last for two days, once you get older?
Anyhow, when I knew that this is not going to be one of those super-productive days, my friend and I decided we would do something fun and creative and hopped on to the current DIY-craze. However, soon we realized that even crafting can be definitely considered work too. Very exhausting work, which calls for a lot of concentration and commitment. So, instead we ate the rest of the chocolate rum cookies that I made for my Dutch sweethearts and went to bed early. Today is Tuesday and finally, the week can start.  

125g all-purpose flour
¼ tsp. baking powder
135g brown sugar
30g non-sweetened cocoa
115g butter
pinch of salt
2 tsp. vanilla extract
100g dark chocolate
2 tbsp. rum

This is all easy and not too much work if you have a food processor at home. If you only have a mixer, than I admit, it is some work to finely grate the dark chocolate, but you will deal, I promise. So start finely grating your chocolate, either by throwing it into your food processor (hold it tight while processing, for it will shake quite a bit) or grate it by hand. Now mix the grated chocolate with the other ingredients except the rum in the processor or with the dough hooks on your mixer. Slowly add the rum until you get the right cookie-dough consistency- firm, sticky and a little crumbly. Try the dough, it’s so yummy and no egg, so no danger there! Let it cool in the fridge for a bit, while your clean up your kitchen so you have space to roll out the dough ½ cm. thick.

Cut out your cookies, decorate with a little brown sugar and bake in the 175°C hot oven. I found that the cookies where done when they stopped sizzling, which will take ca. 10 minutes, but peep into your oven once in a while to check! Enjoy with a cup of tea or, traditionally, with a glass of milk!


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