Chocolate Mini Egg Skillet Cookie

Chocolate Mini Egg Skillet Cookie – A gorgeously soft and chewy cookie filled with chocolate Mini Eggs, perfect served straight from the oven.

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This is definitely the last of the Easter baking recipes, on my part certainly. I’d forgotten how friggin’ moreish Mini Eggs were until I bought, and fairly swiftly consumed, several packets. I had to ‘re-buy’ the Mini Eggs on a couple of separate occasions to ensure enough for this blog post. Those things are evil.

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I’d been eyeing up skillet cookies on Pinterest for some time now. Then whilst wandering round our local garden centre found a Hairy Bikers skillet half price. Fate was clearly at work. I figured I’d give them an Easter feel by replacing the chocolate chips with Mini Eggs. This was a good decision. For whatever reason, baking Mini Eggs into the cookie mixture is truly bloody tasty. Honestly. I would not lie about something so pivotal. Do not scrimp on the Mini Eggs either. That would be a crying shame. It also gave my kids great delight counting how many Mini Eggs they’d gotten in their portion.

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Don’t be put off if you don’t own a skillet. You can easily make this in any ovenproof frying pan, or even a cake pan (about 8″ will be perfect). Just grease them up and the end result should be same.

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I served this cookie as pudding. It comes out the oven still a bit gooey in the middle and gorgeously soft, so spoonfuls of cookie topped with ice-cream is a fairly mega dessert. If you have some left though (really?) just let it cool and you can cut it up and eat it like normal cookie.

Ingredients

120g unsalted butter, softened
100g granulated sugar
85g soft light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
180g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
180g chocolate mini eggs (2 small packets)

1. Preheat your oven to 160°C (fan) / 350°F / Gas 4.

2. Grease/butter your skillet well (or ovenproof frying pan/baking tin). I used groundnut oil.

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3. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugars. I used my stand mixer, but a hand mixer would work too. Or elbow grease. It’ll obviously just take longer. Give the mixture a good beating until it is slightly paler in colour (a good few minutes).

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4. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat again to fully combine.

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5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt, and stir in slowly. Then add the mini eggs. My stand mixer struggled a bit once I added the eggs, and it’s fairly industrial, so you may have to do this by hand. I wouldn’t recommend trying to stir in the eggs using a hand mixer. 

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6. Flatten the mixture into your skillet/pan. It’s a pretty thick mixture so probably easier if you use your hands to spread it out. Try not to eat the cookie mixture (good luck ’cause it’s bloody moreish).

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7. Pop this into your preheated oven for about 25 minutes until it has turned a lovely golden colour.

Chocolate Mini Egg Skillet Cookie - A gorgeously soft and chewy cookie filled with chocolate Mini Eggs, perfect served straight from the oven | thehecticcook.com

8. Remove from the oven and let rest for a couple of minutes before serving.

Chocolate Mini Egg Skillet Cookie - A gorgeously soft and chewy cookie filled with chocolate Mini Eggs, perfect served straight from the oven | thehecticcook.com

You can spoon onto individual plates and top with a scoop of ice-cream, or just add the ice-cream directly to the pan and (let everyone) dig in.

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Happy cooking!

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Fudgy Easter Egg Brownie

Fudgy Easter Egg Brownies – Fudgy, chocolatey brownie filled with mini chocolate eggs. A perfect Easter treat!

Easter is a fairly horrendous time of year for anyone trying to lose a few pounds. For a nation struggling with an obesity problem, I find it somewhat ironic that you can’t move for chocolate at this time of year. Every shop is laden. And not just the supermarkets. Clothes shops. Chemists. Even home improvement shops. The Malteaster Bunnies were throwing themselves into my basket in Homebase. Honestly. There’s no escape.

Facebook and Pinterest are awash with Easter treats you can make at home. I can’t log in to Facebook without seeing some ridiculously luscious looking baked creation, dripping in chocolate and Easter eggs. This is doing my battle with the bulge no good at all. So bollocks to it. If you can’t beat them, join them.

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This brownie is very rich and chocolatey. If you’re more a ‘lightweight’ brownie kind of person, these may not be for you. But they’re gooey. And fudgy. And very very chocolatey. So if that’s how you like your brownies, you should give these a whirl. And I’ve chucked some mini chocolate Easter eggs in to make them seasonal.

Ingredients

200g dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa)
250g unsalted butter
300g caster sugar
4 medium eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
65g plain flour
65g cocoa, sifted
1/2 tsp baking powder
about 16 mini chocolate eggs

1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan) / 350°F / Gas 4.

2. Line and grease a 9″ square tin (or equivalent) – I used my silicon tin so I didn’t have to line it, just grease it (with groundnut oil, but butter is good too). By ‘line it’, just plonk a piece of greaseproof paper in the tray. Don’t bother cutting anything.

3. Melt the dark chocolate either in the microwave (in 30 second bursts, stirring in between) or in a bowl over a pan of simmering water (bain marie).

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4. Beat the butter with the sugar until pale and creamy – I used my hand mixer for this.

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5. Crack in the eggs and beat again to combine.

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6. Gently fold into this the melted chocolate plus the vanilla extract.

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7. Fold in the flour, cocoa and baking powder.

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This is a really thick mixture. It isn’t a runny brownie mix at all. It’s also extremely chocolatey.

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8. Spoon half of the mixture into your prepared tin. I’ll not lie, this isn’t the easiest job. The mixture is very thick, and doesn’t really want to be spread out.

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9. Remove the foil from all of your mini eggs (sorry if this seems obvious, but just in case, you never know…) and arrange them over the brownie layer in the tin. I used 16 and arranged them fairly regularly. You can arrange them however you like. I used the mixed bags of Cadbury eggs, but use whatever you fancy.

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Then dot the remainder of the brownie mix over the mini eggs and smooth it out so the eggs are covered. It’ll look a bit bumpy, but that’s ok.

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10. Pop the brownie into your preheated oven for 30 minutes (no more, no less – there’s no checking for done-ness here, simply remove it after exactly 30 minutes). Take it out of the oven and let it cool completely, in the tin.

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Once it has cooled, pop it into the fridge for at least an hour – it needs this time in the fridge to bring it together so you can then cut it into squares.

11. Remove the brownie from the tin and cut into squares.

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I make these brownies for the Husband who has a real soft spot for them. I’ll then find brownie crumbs all over the house every time he’s been into the box. He’s hardly subtle.

You can use this brownie recipe and chuck anything in to it. The rest of the year I add 100g chopped milk chocolate, and 100g chopped white chocolate. I love it with huge chunks of chocolate throughout. I hope you like it too.

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Happy cooking!

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