First things first, let's talk about Cosmo. The nominations for the Cosmo Blog Awards 2013 are open. I love these awards and think they're a brilliant way for bloggers to be recognised for the hard work they put into the blogs they keep. I also think they're great for raising the profile of blogging in general, as you can imagine I'm a particular fan of this. So the Cosmo Blog Awards are on a roll and this year, I'd like to do a little post celebrating them (with cookies, naturally) and sharing some of the blogs I'm nominating.
Amongst others, here are a few new finds that I'm putting forward:
milk bubble tea - Becky has a rather lovely blog that I've nominated in the fashion category, although she posts about all sorts, including these awesome Oreo brownies. I love her photography and would trade in for her wardrobe any day. Don't suppose she fancies swapping for a few aprons covered in flour...?
Tiny Paint Pot - I've nominated Sam in the beauty category as she has a tonne of wonderful beauty posts with loads of tips and thoughtfully worded anecdotes. I also love her posts on her pets that are the cutest ever (check out this one), which is the cherry on top the cake for this blog if you're like me and follow @EmergencyPuppy on twitter...
More Than Toast - Another lifestyle blog. This one is on motherhood, so not conventionally appealing to me, but Alice's humour, stories and honesty is endearing and keeps me coming back for more. She is a seriously strong and stylish lady and her children are also adorable!
And finally, my three go to food blogs are Poires au Chocolat, The Londoner and Victoria Sponge Pease Pudding. All were nominated last year, and Emma of Poires au Chocolat won (hurrah!), but I reckon they all deserve another nomination this year.
You can vote for your favourite blogs here.
So, that explains the Cosmo. Now for Cookies. As I thought of writing this post I wondered what Cosmo readers and bloggers alike would appreciate, recipe wise. It only took a little while to decide on something...
Giant Triple Chocolate Cookies? Sold.
For Giant Triple Chocolate Cookies you will need (makes 12):
100g milk chocolate
100g white chocolate
300g dark or plain chocolate (whatever you can get your hands on)
90g unsalted butter
1tsp vanilla essence
120g light muscovado sugar
150g self raising flour
Begin by preheating your oven to 180c and lining two trays with baking parchment.
Now chop your milk and white chocolate and set aside. I like to chop my chocolate chunky (try saying that five times really fast...) so you're guaranteed to bite into a hunk of chocolate, whatever cookie you pick up.
Now chop 200g of your dark chocolate into even bigger chunks. Set this aside too.
Break up the remaining dark chocolate into a heatproof bowl over simmering water and melt until smooth and glorious.
Take off the heat and stir in your butter. Make sure it is chopped and at room temperature.
Stir in until smooth. If you're having a little trouble with your butter melting into the chocolate, put it back over the simmering water until you have something that looks like this...
Now stir in your vanilla essence and sugar. Make sure there aren't any lumps of sugar.
Sift in the flour and fold in gently.
Your basic cookie mix should end up something like this.
Now don't tell me you don't want to tarmac your drive in this stuff. I kinda do...
Add in all of the white and milk chocolate and half of the dark.
Shape into 12 little balls and space well apart. They will expand like nobody's business.
Wedge the rest of your dark chocolate on top of the cookies so they look like they're sporting a Lady GaGa-esque hair accessory.
Bake for 12 minutes until they just start to colour.
Cool whilst still on the baking trays and then attack.
Literally, it will be an attack. Congratulations for restraining yourself for so long!
If you like, stack 'em high like the awesome Joy the Baker does.
Sit down with one and a cup of tea and enjoy your favourite blog. Its a blissful thing to do. So many of my favourites are American blogs and I'd love to expand my UK reads, so if you know any great UK blogs, let me know!
PS, if you'd like to nominate Lottie's Little Kitchen for a Cosmo Blog Award, I'd be thrilled and you can do so here. Thank you, friend xx