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This is the nicest fudge brownie slice and is a favourite in my home. It’s a little crispy on the top and fudge’y in the centre. You don’t need fancy dark chocolate, just chocolate chips or buttons. Dark, milk or white it doesn’t matter just whatever floats your boat. Go on make it now you know you want to satisfy your chocolate craving…but be warned cut into small slices !

200grms of butter
2 cups of sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups of cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips or chocolate buttons

You can half this recipe

Grease and line with baking paper a 9 x13 in” pan or whatever you make your slice in. and preheat the oven to 160º.
Mix together the butter and sugar in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave, stirring about every 30 seconds, until the mixture is bubbly and smooth (you can also do it on the stove top if you want).  Mix together the cocoa powder, salt, baking powder, and flour and add to the butter mixture. Add in the whisked eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth out into the corners. Bake for about 25 minutes or until a wood skewer comes out clean, cool on a baking rack.

Dust with icing sugar when cooled and cut into squares or slices.

Fudg'y brownie slice

Fudg'y chocolate brownie slice

A quick desert for afternoon tea, or for your high tea with finger food treats.

One day I will post a great picture of  high tea, complete with 3 tier plates a pot of tea, crust less sandwiches cut on the diagonal, sausage rolls and pastries and dainty tea cups. For now I hope you don’t hold it against my recipes for my attempts at  photography. Plus my 3 tier plates and dainty cups are always boxed up !

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Last night my son and his partner and the two youngest came over for dinner. We made a chicken roast and had a movie ready for them to watch…

“Hotel Transylvania” what better movie snack to give them while watching a creepy movie than ‘Creepy finger Cookies’ I didn’t see them for Halloween so thought I might make them for movie night. Plus some yummy fudgy brownie slice. So recipe follows for fingers, brownie slice in another post later –

2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla essence [ or almond, lemon etc., ]
100 grms butter [ 1 stick ] softened
1/2 cup icing sugar [ powdered sugar ]
1/2 cup brown sugar
Pinch of salt
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

Sliced almonds

In a bowl add the two types of sugar, vanilla, a pinch of salt and the beaten eggs, stir well.  Next stir in the softened butter, add the flour and stir until it’s all combined.

Chill it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

If it’s still too sticky to roll add some more flour, use a tsp measure to roll into finger shapes. Or roll portions into a log and cut into pieces to roll, I made mine in 2 batches. I put half the batch of dough in the fridge for another tray the next day. Half of the dough made about 26 fingers.

Creepy finger cookies

Put rolled fingers onto a baking tray lined with cooking paper. Insert a sliced almond into the finger tip, then pinch in for knuckles and use a sharp knife to make marks on the fingers…[see photo]

Creepy finger cookies

Bake in a pre-heated 160c oven for 8-10 mins

Cool in the tray on a rack, when cool use a clean brush to dust them with cocoa powder.

Creepy finger cookies

Even the big kids all loved them, surprise your family and friends by bringing in a plate of creepy finger cookies to have with their cuppa any time of the year.

Not just for Halloween !

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