Chocolate chunk cookies to make you feel good

A few weeks ago now, I was approached by the folks at Cadbury who wanted to gauge my interest in working with them for the Fair@Square Fair Trade Festival. Allow me to hop on a soap box for a minute and say that I’m a big fan of being ethically aware of the choices that we make. For me, this means going for home-cooked meals instead of junk food such as the ‘golden arches’, supporting producers who are local (for fresh produce) and going for free-range animal products as much as I can.

Food is incredibly important to me, so I try and make myself as aware as I can be about the impact that my shopping and cooking choices have…but to be honest, fair trade in relation to food had never really struck my mind.

But it’s actually quite important. Considering the fact that cocoa cannot be grown in Australia and is mostly sourced from Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivore. Now that Cadbury dairy milk chocolate is certified fair trade, it means that the cocoa producers that they source their cocoa beans from are guaranteed a fair price for their produce regardless of the market conditions. This is particularly important because it means that a lot of disadvantaged communities who work with them have guaranteed wages which in turn means they can invest in clean water, healthcare and even schools so that future generations have access to the simple things that many of us take for granted.

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I do have to point out that it is only the Cadbury Dairy Milk (aka the regular milk chocolate) which is certified Free Trade…and while more can be done, it’s still a bloody good start.

Now, why am I talking about this here, considering the fact that this chocolate is mostly seen as an eating chocolate and not for cooking or baking?

Well, the recipe below is a perfect way to use this chocolate – plus it’s incredibly easy! So next time you’ve got a craving for chocolate and cookies, might I suggest you marry the two in this lovely combination? :)

Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients
125g unsalted butter, diced and at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups – 2 cups self raising flour (use 1 1/2 cups if you want a thinner, crisper cookie, or 2 cups if you want something a bit crunchier and denser)
1 cup milk chocolate chunks, roughly chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C, and line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper

2. Cream the butter and sugars, then add the vanilla and egg and beat till pale and fluffy. Add in the flour and combine, then stir in the chocolate chunks.

3. Roll heaped teaspoons of the cookie down and place on the lined baking tray, spaced at least 10cm apart. Bake for 15-20 minutes, turning halfway.

4. Once the cookies are light brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes to firm up, then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

These cookies store well in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks, so this is the sort of recipe which is perfect for the Christmas season – in case you’re after a recipe for your cookie baskets :)

This post has been sponsored by Cadbury Australia.

Comments

  1. I enjoy chocolate chunk cookies more than chocolate chip – the chocolate seems more substantial :) I think milk chocolate is too sweet to be put in cookies, though. I prefer bittersweet or semi-sweet. But…. if it’s fair trade, then all the better!

  2. I wrote my 28,000 Honours thesis on ethical consumption (with a *lot* of discussion about various forms of ethical chocolate), so it’s interested to see people’s reactions to the Fair Trade Cadbury thing. I am skeptical about the “only Dairy Milk” factor, but it is a start, as you say!

    And heck, who could turn down cookies?

  3. Hi Ellie! I just had to tell you that your blog is my new favourite! I love your food styling abilities – it can be so difficult I know but you make it look dead easy! I must try out your lemon slice recipe from a while back.. it looked amazing!

  4. Hi Ellie,

    Thanks for taking part in the Fair@Trade cooking demonstration! The chocolate chunk cookies were delicious and a hit with everyone!!

    Happy Holidays!

    Sincerely,

    The team at Cadbury Dairy Milk Australia

  5. Like Hannah said, I’m still a little skeptical.

    I think it is wonderful that companies like Cadbury are taking pro-active steps into this space and aligning themselves with blogs like your helps them communicate this.

    It’s great to hear that the individuals involved are paid properly and communities are suported, however, obviously I try and buy Fair Trade when ever I can.

    Your socially conscious attitudes are one of the reasons I read your blog (that and the sexy pics ; ).

    However, I am concerned that from a consumers point of view they may make purchasing decisions based on the Fair-Trade endorsement alone and pay less attention to other important factors such as foot print of large scale manufacturing, impact on local small business economies and other ingredients in the products.

    That said, Cadbury products are always a staple for our family at Christmas so this is a positive step.

    Thanks for the thought provoking post.

  6. Cookies are my favourite thing to bake, they’re not fancy, they don’t take a long time and it’s true, they do make you feel good!

  7. YUM – I think it’s time for chocolate chip cookies!

    I think it’s great that companies are contacting the blogging world to spread the word. I too try to being careful of what i eat (plus being gluten free I’m especially careful – loved your apple tart for the vitarium bake off btw!) and by local when possible.

    looking forward to your next post – your photos are always stunning1

  8. @Wei-Wei – I agree!

    @Hannah – I think that first steps are important, but like you, I hope to see more of the big multinationals making more progress in areas of ethical production to aid consumers with their quest for ethical consumption :)

    @Sarah – Thank you :)

    @Cadbury Dairy Milk Australia – It was great working with you :)

    @Sarah – In an ideal world, we would all be able to source everything locally, made with minimal impact on the environment, with all workers being paid fairly and with no preservatives or chemicals.

    But then again, the key words there are “in an ideal world”

    I think that any first step is a positive one. But of course, the real challenge to the producer is whether they can continue to improve their business practices and whether we, the consumers, will continue to support them along the way?

    @Brilynn – They’re pretty fabulous :)

    @jas – Thank you! :)

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