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Hine’s Chocolate Kiss Cookies

It’s great to see Gizzy people contributing recipes to The Weekender food page, especially young ones who are a whizz in the kitchen. This week we feature Hine Nikora Porou and her divine chocolate kisses.

I've loved food preparation all my life — it's a delicious reward for my creative efforts.

I learned how to cook and bake kai in the kitchens of my marae at Te Horo, just outside the township of Ruatorea. I also used to help set up the wharekai (dining hall) for haakari (banquets).

This background gave me the knowledge and experience I needed to get my cookery and restaurant service certifications from EIT Tairawhiti.

The skills I gained led me to my first full-time job where I perfected my barista, cooking and baking techniques.

Here's a chocolate kisses recipe I learned from my mother. It's a favourite among my whanau. I always bake them for special occasions like birthdays and Christmas dinner.

Chocolate Kiss Cookies

Makes 20 cookies

Oven set to 170°C

Fan bake for 15-17 minutes

Preparation time: 1 hour plus one hour to chill in the fridge.

INGREDIENTS:

cookie dough

1 cup soft butter

1 cup white sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 large eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

1¼ cups dark cocoa powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

cream filling

½ cup butter

1½ cups powdered sugar

½ cup cocoa powder

METHOD:

• In one large bowl, mix together butter, sugar and salt until it is creamed

• Add eggs and mix in well

• Sieve flour, cocoa and baking soda into the wet mixture until all the ingredients are combined

• Chill your cookie dough for an hour in the fridge

• You can start mixing your cream filling (if you want a solid filling, chill for 1 hour)

• Roll your cookie dough between 2 sheets of baking paper to prevent sticking

• Roll into a square shape 2cm thick

• Cut with a cookie cutter or you can roll balls and push flat with a fork

• Place onto a lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 15-17 minutes at 170C

• They should rise when they're cooked

• Place on a cooling rack

• Use a butter knife to spread the icing on the cookie bottom and place another on top.

These chocolate kisses are beyond delicious. Pictures by Hine Nikora Porou and friends
Hine Nikora Porou learned to cook at her marae at Te Horo.
Sifting the ingredients
The dough ready to roll out
Hine rolling out the dough . . .
. . . and pushing flat with a fork.