Thursday, February 21, 2013

Frosted Milo Cookies

Cookie day again! I have not been baking enough since being back in New Zealand, I have no occasions to bake for, and the result is that my last batch of cupcakes were not up to their usual standard! Luckily, these cookies turned out nicely and got a lot of positive comments. Of course, if you are not in the southern hemisphere you won't know what Milo is and will have trouble finding it but I'm pretty sure you'll find a suitable subsititute - Milo is a malted chocolate drink powder that we use here to mostly make a hot drink with water and milk, but you can have it cold too (I prefer it cold). It's not strongly chocolatey and the malt taste is not too strong either. You could probably replace it with ovaltine and cocoa for this recipe, or some other malted drink powder. Or, go to you local Asian grocery store and just have a look around because technically we are Australasia and you can get Milo in many pacific countries, so you might just find it there, in a green tin.

Milo Cookies

125 grams butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milo powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Turn the oven on to 180 degrees celsius and line a cookie tray with baking paper.

If your butter is not room temperature and soft pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until it is just soft but not melted. Then place the butter in a large bowl, add the sugars and beat them together until the mixture is light and creamy.

Add the vanilla and the egg and beat again, then stir in the flour, baking powder, milo powder and chocolate chips.

Roll the cookie dough into balls and flatten onto the baking tray. Bake each batch for just 10 minutes, or maybe even less, as I found that these cookies got crispy very quickly. They flattened quite a lot as well so leave plenty of room for spreading.

Let the cookies cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Frosting

75 grams butter (soft)
1 cup icing sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence

Beat together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla with an electric beater until the mixture is really light and fluffy. Spread onto the cookies and then sprinkle with extra milo powder.

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