Just like the ones you can buy in the shops but better cos they're homemade! Very similar to chocolate digestives or the vegan digestives.

Makes 20-30

125 g butter, softened

1/2 c brown sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 c wholemeal flour

1/3 c self-raising flour

1/4 c wheatgerm or bran, optional

1/4 c desiccated coconut

60g dark chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 c milk of choice


100g dark chocolate

1 tbsp butter or vegetable shortening

In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg. Sift in flours and wheatgerm and throw in whatever is left in the sieve too. Fold in flour then stir in coconut, chocolate and milk until just combined. Wrap dough in cling film and refrigerate for 30 min until firm enough to roll out.

Preheat oven to 180C. Line 2 baking sheets with baking paper.

Roll out dough to 5mm thick in between 2 sheets of baking paper. Cut out desired shapes. I used a 5cm round cutter and rolled the dough to 6mm thick. In hindsight I think I'd prefer a 6cm round cookie 4 or 5mm thick. But these cute discs served the purpose well as this batch was feeding many teachers.

Place cookies onto your trays about 2cm apart. Bake for 12-15 min until cooked through. Remove from oven and transfer to a wire rack after a few min to cool completely.

Melt chocolate and butter in the microwave or in a double boiler on the stovetop.

Spread the tops of your cooled cookies with chocolate and leave to set.