Sweet, soft and chewy Christmas pebbles cookies.
Hello first December! I have been looking forward to you.
When my sisters and I were little we considered Christmas hampers brought home without pebbles and Danish cookies as been incomplete. Pebbles are chocolate and candy covered groundnuts or peanuts that is very popular here in Ghana during Christmas. These pebbles cookies are to die for, sweet, soft and chewy thanks to the pebbles.
To start making these pebbles cookies, we crush pebbles. Do it steadily but carefully in order not to get pebbles all over the kitchen flour and counter. Then, we beat butter or margarine together with brown sugar. Nothing fancy or difficult, you can pretty do this by hand or with a stand mixer. Then add in vanilla and egg, flour, followed by the crushed pebbles.
These cookies barely spread. If you want those wrinkled look that comes with most cookies, you could take it out from the oven half way through baking, press it with your hand or back of a glass and continue baking. Enjoy!
Sweet, soft and chewy Christmas pebbles cookies
- 1 ¼ cup/ 150g pastry/ all purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup/113g margarine or butter unsalted
- 1/3 cup / 73g brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence/extract
- 1/2 cup /110g pebbles crushed lightly
Preheat an oven to 180˚C/ 350˚F. Line two baking sheets with baking or parchment paper. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
Using a stand mixer, hand held mixer or wooden ladle, beat margarine or butter and brown sugar together until combined and pale in colour. Add egg and vanilla essence or extract and mix till combined.
Turn the speed of the stand mixture to low and stir in the flour. Mix till incorporated and fold in pebbles. Mold tablespoon of cookie dough and place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving enough space between them.
Bake for six minutes, remove baking sheet from the oven and lightly press the cookies with your hand or the back of a glass. Place back in the oven and bake for six more minutes.
Cookies will be very soft, let the cookies cool on the baking tray for three minutes. They firm up while cooling. Remove from the baking tray and place on a cooling rack to cool completely.
Cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for seven days.
Do check back tomorrow, I will posting cookies and biscuits as we count down to Christmas. Advent just began in my house, where are the candles?
Let’s just do it with flour and sugar.