I can’t think of anything better to dip in a glass of milk than a chewy cookie packed full of chunks of dark chocolate, zesty orange and pecan nuts.

In the film Matilda, I vividly remember Matilda sitting at the table in Miss Honey’s house with a glass of milk and a plate of chocolate chip cookies. There’s something so simple about the two which make them the perfect combination. A sweet chewy chocolate chip cookie paired with a cold glass of milk seems as obvious as cheese and crackers.

Cookies also manage to say many things, they just seem appropriate for so many occasions.

The flavours in these cookies are very simple but when they’re mixed together they produce a very wintery cookie, almost fragrant without any spices. Dark chocolate chunks add a bitter richness which is made zesty by the orange. The sweet pecan nuts add a crunchy texture to the cookies helping to achieve the perfect chewy/chunky balance.

When in doubt, nothing beats cookies with milk.


The Recipe – Makes 18 cookies

250g butter, softened
50g caster sugar
100g light muscovado sugar
300g self-raising flour
2 tbsp milk
175g orange dark chocolate, broken into chunks
50g pecan nuts, broken up into pieces

– Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees.
– Line 3 baking trays with baking paper.
– In a bowl, beat together the butter and both lots of sugar until light and fluffy.
– Stir in the flour, milk, chocolate and nuts.
– Divide the mixture into 18 balls and place on the baking trays.
– Gently flatten each biscuit with the back of a spoon.
– Bake for 17 minutes until the cookies are golden brown around the edges.
– Cool a little before eating with a glass of milk.