Center Parcs Chocolate Challenge

This Month’s Center Parcs Family Bloggers challenge is a celebration of one of my favourite things – CHOCOLATE!
The brief is to get your kids involved in making something Chocolatey to celebrate Easter.
This isn’t an easy task when you have a dairy intolerant baby and a toddler who likes nothing more than throwing food.

I attempted to get Sam to make Rice Krispie nests with me, but he just threw the wooden spoon on the floor and stamped on the mini eggs. I didn’t think the photos of my kitchen floor would win me any prizes, so I decided to instead share one of my favourite (not necessarily Easter-themed) chocolate recipes with you.

My Gooey double chocolate chip cookies are pretty good – if I do say so myself!

Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
Cooking Time:
14 Minutes
Oven Temperature:
Gas Mark 4 or 180 degrees
20 Cookies

125g Unsalted Butter (Softened)
100g Light Brown Sugar
2tbsp Golden Syrup
1tsp Vanilla Essence
135g Self Raising Flour
25g Cocoa
150g Chocolate Chunks (I chop them into roughly 0.5cm pieces)


1). Preheat the oven (Gas Mark 4/180 degrees).

2). Lightly grease two baking trays

3). Beat the butter and sugar in a large bowl, until light and creamy.

4). Beat in the Syrup and the Vanilla Essence.

5). Mix in the cocoa, flour and chocolate chunks until just combined.

6). Roll 1 teaspoon of dough into a ball, and place onto a greased baking tray, flattening slightly. Repeat with the remaining dough, but leave room for spreading.

7). Bake for around 14 minutes (I usually put 1 tray on the top shelf and one on the middle shelf, then swap half way through).

8). Allow the cookies to cool for a few minutes on the tray, before transferring them to a cooling rack.

(They will be really soft, and hard to pick up while they are still warm, but will firm up once they are cool).

That’s it! My gooey double chocolate chip cookies! YUM!

(I might try making some of these with crushed up mini eggs instead of chunks, or use Easter Egg chocolate as the chunks).

DISCLAIMER: Don’t worry – Dairy intolerant Sydney was not harmed in the making of thees cookies, or the bodged attempt at Rice Krispie nests!

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