12 May 2013

Chocolate Dipped Mango Cookies


Juicy mangoes and bitter dark chocolate are not something that I would think to pair together, but sometimes the most unlikely matches are the best kind. This month's We Should Cocoa, hosted by Shaheen at Allotment 2 Kitchen (though the challenge was created by Choclette at Chocolate Log Blog and Chele at Chocolate Teapot) is all about pairing chocolate and mangoes. Though I've failed a couple of times this year already, this is the one challenge I try to enter every month, so I took a leap of faith that Shaheen knew what she was doing when she set the challenge.

                   

Luckily, Shaheen was correct. I decided to used dried mango in these cookies because mangoes are so moist and I didn't want them to end up too soft. I don't often cook with dark chocolate, but it worked very well here in contrast with the sweet pieces of dried mango. Rather than chop the chocolate into the cookies, I decided to dip them into it. This was partly to shake things up a bit, and partly because it looked more interesting.

These are very moreish, and would make a good snack or post-lunch treat. I think the dark chocolate could be exchanged for milk, but white might be too sweet.


Makes 8
Ingredients
  • 100g Plain Flour
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 80g Dried Mango
  • 80g Dark Chocolate
Recipe
  • Preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan, and line two baking trays with parchment paper.
  • Finely chop the mango, or use scissors to cut it into small pieces. Place it to one side.
  • Cream the butter and sugar together, then beat in the egg.
  • Stir in the mango pieces, followed by the flour to form a sticky dough.
  • Use a tablespoon to measure out chunks of the dough, placing them onto the parchment paper. Use the back of the spoon to flatten the dough.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, or until the cookies are just starting to firm up. Place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Melt the chocolate by breaking it up into small chunks and placing them in a microwaveable bowl. Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between.
  • Dip the cookies into the chocolate, using a teaspoon to help cover the sides. Place the cookies back onto the wire rack, placing a sheet of parchment paper underneath to catch any excess chocolate.
  • Leave the cookies until the chocolate has set.


I'm posting something special on Wednesday because it's my mum's birthday, so make sure you check back then!

5 comments:

  1. These look so delicious would be great with apricots too.

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    1. Yes! I thought the same thing!

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  2. They look wonderful Janine. I love mango in any shape or form, but I think I would particularly love these biscuits - chewy and fruity and chocolatey - mmmmm. Thanks for getting into the challenge spirit ;-)

    Mind you, I'm liking the apricot suggestion too.

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    1. Thanks Choclette! Maybe you should make both just for the comparison...

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  3. I love mango in cookies. These look gorgeous :)

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