Chocolate Biscuits with Soft Chocolate Centre Recipe

Yesterday after a trip to the supermarket I decided to bake some cookies for my boys. This is something I haven’t done for years and I thought it would be a huge disaster but went ahead and did it anyway. I got the recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Happy Days with the Naked Chef recipe book, one which I’ve had for years but not really used.

My finished biscuits
The recipe is really easy and doesn’t take long so I thought I’d let you all know how the process went. 


140g/5oz butter
140g/5oz sugar
2 egg yolks
255g/9oz self-raising flour
30g/1oz cocoa powder
30 squares of chocolate (milk, white or plain)

I used Dairy Milk chocolate and Tesco’s own brand cocoa powder and self-raising flour.


Grease a large baking sheet.
Cream the butter and sugar together until pale. Beat in the egg yolks, then add the flour and cocoa powder to make a dough. Turn out and knead, then pop it into the fridge for a while. 
Preheat the oven to 190ºC/375ºF/gas 5.

In the middle of putting tops on
On a lightly floured surface, roll about a third of the dough out thinly, then cut out about 30 circles with a small cutter (4cm/1 1/2 inches). Spread them out on the baking sheet and put a square of the chocolate in the middle of each one. Then roll the rest of the dough out. Cut out the same number of circles with a larger cutter (5cm/2 inches) and pop them on top of the chocolate, pressing gently all the way round to seal the edge and keep all the chocolate in.

Cook in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, eat them hot or cold.


This recipe is very dry. Whenever I was rolling it out crumbs kept dropping off and I found it very hard to keep the dough together. In the end I only got 26 circles out of my recipe because the leftovers just wouldn’t stick together anymore. I wasn’t hopeful that these cookies would be very good but continued anyway. Placing the chocolate was easy but then came the top parts and this was a lot harder. When I place my larger circles on top of the pieces of chocolate a lot of the time they tried to break in half and I ended up having to squash them back together, hence the strange look of my finished cookies.  

It is a quick recipe and I was all finished and cleaned up within about an hour of starting. The cookies came out okay but my youngest isn’t very keen on them. I’m not sure why maybe it’s because the cookies are quite dry. The hubby however is munching on one every time I go into the kitchen!

Given that this was the first time I'd baked in ages and the biscuits were actually edible I thought I'd link this post up to #PoCoLo over at Verily Victoria Vocalises. Quite proud of myself for attempting it and not poisoning my family.

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  1. Ohh wow! They look so delicious x

    1. Ah thanks. They were baked on Wednesday and the hubby and the eldest finished them off last night. That's 26 biscuits in 2 days! I think you can guess that my boys have a sweet tooth. :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Kim, really appreciate it. x

  2. Keep trying, and I'm sure they'll be yummier next time! Must try baking some cookies myself, I've never done it.

  3. Replies
    1. I thought they were nice. They were more biscuity than cookie-like but I think I did okay for a first attempt. :)

  4. Grace says - oohh these look really yummy - going to tell Mummy that I REALLY want to try making these xx
    Lucas says - these look awesome. There's only one thing missing though......... Haribo!!!

    1. Thank you Grace and Lucas. Haribo - now there's an idea! :)

  5. These look great - will definitely be trying these out #pocolo

    1. Cool - you'll have to let me know how they come out. :)

  6. These look lovely - and very easy to make. I see Grace wants to make them so I guess we'd better had!! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x