They are also much healthier for you than butter, apparently full of “good fat”. Always up for a challenge, I decided to try and make some cookies, using avo instead of butter.
Given that maize is a local staple too, I chucked some of that in, which made this an even more South Africany treat.
Disclaimer: I am a proud member of the chuck-it-in-it’ll-be-fine school of cooking. I firmly believe a happy cook just throws stuff in a pan, rather than measuring 18g of this and 3.5 medium egg yolks of that; so take my measurements with a pinch of salt, so to speak. This recipe makes around 15 cookies. Ish.
- 2 or 3 medium avos – as ripe as possible.
- 1 cup sugar – I literally used a coffee mug, rather than any kind of accurate measuring thing.
- 1 cup chocolate powder (I used cheap stuff that’s full of sugar. If you use cocoa powder, you are going to want to add more sugar, around another 1/3 of a cup.)
- A big spoon baking soda
- 1 egg
- Half a cup ACE chocolate maize (If you haven’t got this, just replace with flour).
- 1.5 cups white flour
- 1 cup chocolate chips. Or chocolate chunks. Or just eat the chocolate chunks, and have plain cookies. Mmmm, chocolate chunks!
- Mush the avos. I used a fork. If you have a blender, that would be easier, but you have less excuse to lick avo off your hands…
- Put all the powders in a bowl: flour, sugar, chocolate powder, baking sofa, maize, etc, and mix thoroughly.
- Now add the egg and avo mush, and mix thoroughly. It should be about as thick as butter thats been out of the fridge for half an hour. Add a little water to thin it, or more flour to thicken it, as needed.
- Put 1 inch balls onto an oven tray (greased with more avo!).
- Cook at about 180 degrees celcius for 12ish minutes. Peer at them through the door.
- At 10 minutes, quickly flatten them with a spatula – the avo doesn’t melt like butter, so they don’t go flat without extra help.
- Remove when browned, and allow to cool.
- Eat a cookie. Feel proud. Feel ashamed about eating all the chocolate chunks earlier. Get over it, eat another cookie.