Some temptations just can’t be resisted, put out a plateful of these melt-in-the-mouth cookies and watch them vanish.
Makes about 20
200g/7oz butter, softened
115g/4oz plain chocolate, broken into squares
50g/2oz icing sugar
30ml/2Tbsp strong black coffee
200g/7oz plain flour
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Line baking sheets with baking parchment.
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water.
Cream the butter and icing sugar together until smooth and pale.
Beat in the melted chocolate, then the coffee.
Sift the flour and cornflour into the mixture.
Fold in lightly and evenly to make a soft mixture.
Put spoonfuls onto baking parchment and bake for about 15 minutes, or until the cookies are firm and just beginning to brown.
Leave to cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes before moving onto a wire rack to cool completely.