Choc-chunk cookies with peanuts and marshmallows

Choc-chunk: For when you need a very big chocolate hit.
Choc-chunk: For when you need a very big chocolate hit. Photo: Marcel Aucar

My chunky choc-chip cookie is a homemade winner. On their own, dark chocolate and salty peanuts are not such an obvious combination but mix them with butter and sugar, push a few marshmallows in for good luck and the result is irresistible. If you find marshmallows too sweet, substitute dried cranberries and fold them in when you add the peanuts.

Ingredients

300g dark chocolate (about 55 per cent cocoa solids is perfect)

100g brown sugar

85g butter, at room temperature

100g peanut butter (crunchy peanut butter is better)

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

120g self-raising flour

100g large salted peanuts, roasted

50g marshmallows, chopped (or dried cranberries)

Method

Preheat the oven to 160C.

Chop 80g of the chocolate into rough, irregular chunks.

Break the remaining chocolate into a large heatproof mixing bowl and melt over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn't touch the water.

Stir the chocolate until melted, then add the sugar, butter, peanut butter, egg and vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until well mixed.

Stir in the sifted flour, then the nuts and mix well. Let it sit for 20 minutes covered on the bench.

Roll into 12 balls, about a large tablespoon each, and place on two lined baking sheets, leaving room for them to spread (you may need to bake them in two batches).

Stick the remaining chocolate chunks and marshmallow pieces (2-3 in each) into the cookies. Try to keep them in the centre so they don't melt over the edge of the cookie.

Bake for 10 minutes until they are very slightly darker around the edges.

Soft or crunchy? The smell will let you know they are ready. They will be soft in the middle, but will crisp up as they cool. Cook them a little longer for crisper cookies. Let them cool and firm up for a few minutes on the baking sheet; they will break if you move them while still hot.

Once cool, lift with a wide spatula onto a cooling rack. They will stay crisp in an airtight tin for 3-4 days.