Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Chocolate fingers

Chocolate fingers

João loves chocolate fingers so I decided to make them at home. I found a recipe on this website and since I’ve made several recipes from there I thought I should give it a try.

Just a few ingredients, a soft dough that comes together quickly and that makes a lot of cookies – I halved the recipe and got 50 fingers, 9cm each.

My husband loved the cookies - he doesn’t want the store-bought version anymore… ;)

Chocolate fingers

Chocolate fingers

260g all-purpose flour
120g butter, at room temperature - not too soft
2 tablespoons baking powder
100g caster sugar
1 small egg, lightly beaten
500g semisweet or bittersweet chocolate – I used bittersweet and it worked wonderfully with the sweet flavor of the cookies

Pre-heat the oven to 170ºC/335ºF and line two baking sheets.
Place the sifted flour, baking powder and the butter in a bowl and rub them together with your fingertips until you have the texture of wet sand. Add the sugar, egg and mix until the dough comes together.
Grab small amounts of dough and roll into small "sausages" – line your working surface with baking paper to shape the cookies – it will be easier.
Carefully place the fingers in prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes or until light golden.
Let the cookies cool in the pans then remove them carefully so they don’t break:

Chocolate fingers

Now, you have to temper the chocolate – it has to be done properly, otherwise your coating won’t dry correctly and won’t be glossy and resistant to temperature changes.
Click here to learn how to temper chocolate correctly.

Using a fork, dip each cookie into chocolate and turn it to ensure even coating. “Fish them” out of chocolate and remove excess by tapping the fork at the edge of the bowl.
Place the covered cookies on a lined baking sheet and then refrigerate for 10-15 minutes – until the chocolate has set.
Store the chocolate finger in an air-tight container – I kept mine in a cookie tin and they were crunchy and delicious for 5 days.

Makes 75 chocolate fingers – I halved the recipe and still got 50.


Stella said...

Hi Pat!
THey look like Cadbury's fingers but I'm sure your home made ones are much much much better:)

Anonymous said...

Oh I love chocolate fingers! They are perfect little snacks. Ok...actually I could eat a ton of them right now!

wheresmymind said...

I've become such a big fan of baking paper and silicon mats!

Gattina Cheung said...

You surprise me again!!! These chocolate fingers look much better than store-bought, I'm sure they taste superior! I haven't tried my hand at tempering, thanks for the link!
Pat, I just baked your braid bread, it turns out excellent! This recipe is a keeper, can I blog about your bread? :D If okay with you, I'll post it before the weekend :D

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

These are truly beautiful. I'm reading this before lunch, and now all I want is chocolate fingers!

Freya said...

Ohh, please send some of those my way! They look so much better than bought 'fingers'! Yummy!

Sara - Piperita said...

They look exactly like some sold in Italy!
I will give it a try for sure!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh please can I have one? Just one? OK, maybe two. But that's it. :)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi, Valentina!
I'm so flattered by your comment! Tks!

Veron, I didn't eat a ton because my husband ate them first. :)

Jeff, me too - no mess!

Gattina, my dear friend, I made tons of chocolate easter eggs last year and I tempered using a piece of granite. It's faster and works well, too. Tempering is just like everything else - practice makes perfect!
Oh, and can you imagine how happy I'll be if you post that bread?? I'll be walking on clouds! Such an honor! :)

Lydia, tks! Visiting food blogs before lunch/dinner is a tricky thing. :)

Freya, I'd be glad to bake you several of these, dear!

Piperita, that's nice to know! Thank you, I hope you like it!

Susan, I must warn you it will be hard eating just 2 of these. ;)

Lia said...

You are impressive!!! Those look delicious.

JB said...

These look so good, but I gave up chocolate for lent, these will have to wait until Easter.

Anonymous said...

Patricia - You've done it again! I am so tempted...these look delicious!

Toni said...

I haven't even seen chocolate fingers in AGES! These look so good, and bring back memories of childhood. Can I order a dozen?

MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

That's the problem of doing things like this for husbands. Then they don't want to go out to restaurants or store bought cookies! he, he!
These look wonderfully good!

Patricia Scarpin said...

And you are so sweet, Lia! Tks, dear!

JB, I know - and I admire your will of power!

Kristen, tks, sweetie! They were a hit with Joao!

Toni, I'll gladly make some for you next time you come to Sao Paulo!

Tanna, you are so right, my friend! For instance, I can't buy frozen pizza at home anymore, can you believe it? :)

Anonymous said...

These are so gorgeous! And I have to cater for an event next week, so I think these will be making an appearance there ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh this is so cool Patricia. I guess I used to eat those when growing up and never thought of making them! Great idea!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I'm so excited for you! It will be wonderful, you're such a great cook/baker!!
Let me know if you like these!

Bea, thank you! They bring me back old memories, too!

thecoffeesnob said...

Oh wow. This looks incredible! They remind of Cadbury fingers which i can never get enough of. I have to make this, once Easter arrives that is :)

Jenny said...

Oooh these look so good! The only thing stopping me from making them right now is the unknown that is chocolate tempering! Okay and the lack of time tonight. :-(

Anonymous said...

Those look amazing!

Unknown said...

Everyone commented on how wonderful they 'look' - I would like to say that I made them, and all who ate thought they were AMAZING (and wanted the recipe on the spot).
Great Work!!!!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Hi Ayelet! I'm so glad to hear that - thank you for sharing that experience with me, it means the world!

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat,

Thks for sharing this truly delicious and addictive recipe. They taste so much like Cadbury fingers - mebbe even better!:) My kids say they taste awesome n begged me to make another batch again real soon.

Here is a pic of the chocolate fingers i baked yesterday - http://i260.photobucket.com/albums/ii13/sspaks64/Chocolatefingers2.jpg

Susanna, Australia

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dear Susanna,

I'm so glad to know the recipe worked for you! Your chocolate fingers look absolutely perfect - I felt like reaching for them through my screen! :)
Tks for your feedback, it means the world to me!

Hugs from the other side of the globe,

Stephanie said...

These look delicious!

Nick said...

How long for these to make and cook together

Unknown said...

I have tried the fingers cookies in Paris and loved them.
But I live in Tokyo and there are no fingers cookies here...
I tried making them with your recipe and they turned out SOOO GOOD!!!
Thank you so much for the recipe!!

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