Easy chocolate biscuits

Easy chocolate biscuits

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 10 mins - 15 mins


Makes 25 biscuits

Try this basic recipe for fail-safe biscuits every time. Make a batch of chocolate chip cookies, or adapt it to include nuts, fruit or your favourite sweets

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per serving

  • kcal243
  • fat12g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs29g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre1g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.35g
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  • 250g butter, softened



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 350g light soft brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs



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  • 350g self-raising flour
  • 100g cocoa powder
  • 200g chocolate chips or chopped chocolate chunks, or 400g for optional dipping (choose your favourite type)


  1. Beat the butter and sugar together with an optional pinch of sea salt in a bowl until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs one at a time. Sift over the flour and cocoa powder and beat into the butter mix, then fold through the chocolate chips. The mix can be made up to 2 days ahead and chilled or frozen for a month, or used straight away.

  2. To bake, heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. If the mix is at room temperature, place evenly spaced spoonfuls on parchment-lined baking sheets, allowing 2 tbsp for each cookie. If the mix is fridge cold, you can roll it into 40g balls before baking. The balls can be frozen and the biscuits baked from frozen, but they’ll need a few minutes more. Bake for 12-15 mins until spread out and crusty around the outside. Leave to cool slightly and enjoy warm, or leave to cool completely and eat cold. The biscuits will keep in a tin for three days. 

  3. As an optional extra, the biscuits can be dipped in chocolate. To do this, melt your chosen type of chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water or in the microwave. Leave to cool a little, then dip half of each biscuit in the chocolate and leave them on parchment-lined trays somewhere cool to set. Again, the dipped biscuits will keep for up to three days in a tin or lidded plastic container. 

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23rd May, 2020
I have to be honest, these weren't how I was expecting them to be (should have read the comments). They were more cakey and half the recipe made 14 good sized biscuits. I still enjoyed them though and think they'll be perfect for a dessert with ice cream sandwiched between two!
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Kathryn Brookes
11th Mar, 2020
I didn't not like these, but they aren't my favourite. I found them quite cake like, not biscuity at all. The flavour was okay but I'd reduce the cocoa powder by about 25g if I make them again, as they had a dryness to them. I used 70% chocolate chunks, which I love, but the bitterness of the chocolate and the dry bitterness of the cocoa was a bit much. I'm a competent baker so would make again with a few tweaks to get a better result. *Edit - by removing 25g cocoa and baking them, as previous posters recommended, in 1tbsp size portions - really nice, still cakey but with a lightly crisp exterior.
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23rd Jan, 2020
I have used this recipe a few times now and reduced the sugar amount slightly. I have found it easier to use clean hands for the final stages to work the choc chips in. I agree 40g balls are are just right. I freeze the rolled balls and take out what I need. They are fine cooked from frozen and I flatten them a bit with a fork after a few minutes in the oven, then continue cooking.
19th Oct, 2019
Really don’t understand why this recipe has gotten so much criticism. I’ve used it so many times and have always got perfect biscuits that taste great. 40g balls is a good size.
14th Apr, 2019
Yes, I agree with the comments about amount of mix and portion size but love this recipe (and froze half in easy portions for later use). Didn't find the ingredients hard to mix, and neither did my 6 yr old. Quick, easy, tasty and offers lots of variety options of your choice.
15th Mar, 2019
I halved this recipe & still made 24 cookies. I had to add a little milk as it was too solid & I reduced the choc chips & added some stem ginger chopped small. I used a soup spoon for size of cookies. Really had to totally re -invent this recipe.!
26th Feb, 2019
The flavour of these biscuits is excellent and despite my criticism I will use the recipe again but I wish I'd followed the advice of other posters to make half the amount. It isn't an 'easy' recipe and the instructions are a little lacking in detail. I waited for mine to go 'crusty round the outside', which meant I over-cooked them. The mix is extremely stiff - I thought my electric beater was going to burn out - and you need the muscle power of Mighty Mouse to fold in the chocolate chips. I used one dessertspoon per biscuit which worked out well for the finished size. I spooned melted choc over mine, rather than dipping. This worked well and was less messy. There was a lot of mix left over and I am freezing it for another time.
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Princess Leia
11th Nov, 2018
This was a great recipe! I am also an experienced baker. I took the advice of the first reviewer evelynnan and used 1tbsp per biscuit which turned out a perfect size. There was plenty of mix and i froze half into balls as the recipe suggested which is great for mid week lunchbox treats. I love it and my kids give it a big thumbs up.
19th Oct, 2018
Recipe states 2tbsp per biscuit!!!! Even 2tsp were too big! I will make this again as biscuits very tasty! However, next time will make half the recipe and make biscuits smaller.
18th Oct, 2018
I am an experienced baker and I think this recipe is just plain wrong, avoid. In fact it should be withdrawn from this website as it does not work and is an expensive waste of ingredients.


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13th Jul, 2019
Has no-one tested this recipe? When I was at college and we were writing our own recipes, it was standard that we gave our recipe to our co-worker who had to make the dish using our instructions. It would then highlight any hiccup along the way. Is this not done on this website? Basic! Also 2 TABLESPOONS???? Think this makes it obvious no-one has tested this recipe, obviously means TEASPOONS!
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