Chocolate chunk nut cookies – Recipe donated by Celia Brooks to Lumos, charity founded by Harry Potter author JK Rowling

Chocolate chunk nut cookies **Recipe donated by Celia Brooks** to LUMOS, charity founded by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.


125g / 5 oz. / 1 cup plain flour
½ tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. fine sea salt

125g / 5 oz. / 1 ¼ stick butter, softened

100g / 4 oz. / ¾ cup packed soft brown sugar

1 tsp. pure vanilla essence

1 organic egg
200g / 8 oz. plain chocolate (30-70% cocoa solids, sweetened), chopped

50g / 2 oz. / ½ cup nuts, chopped

1. In a bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Beat together butter, sugar, and vanilla until light and fluffy.

2. Beat in egg. Fold in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate and nuts.

3. Lay a large piece of cling film on a surface. Scrape the cookie dough onto it and roll into a 30.5cm / 1 foot long sausage shape, sealing the ends.

4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or longer, until firm.

4. When ready to bake, heat oven to 190 C / 375 F / Gas 5. Line a large baking sheet with baking parchment and grease it well.

6. Slice dough into 2cm / ¾ inch pieces and place on the sheet, leaving at least 3 cm / 1 ¼ inches of space between them.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until just barely golden, and then remove to a cooling rack. Makes 12-14.


By taking part in Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos, you can help us change the lives of thousands of vulnerable children by raising vital funds to support our work in ending the systematic institutionalisation of children across Central and Eastern Europe.

Over a million children and young people live in large residential institutions across Central and Eastern Europe. Separated from their families and isolated from their community, they receive little human or emotional contact.

Year after year, the staff who look after them cannot provide the individual attention they need so desperately, meaning they don’t have the educational or social activities we take for granted, from attending school to marking each passing year by celebrating their birthday.

While some of these children will never know their actual date of birth, many institutions choose 1 June, International Children’s Day, as the day when all children have their ‘birthday’, further eroding their sense of individuality.

Light a Birthday Candle for Lumos aims to celebrate International Children’s Day and encourage people to host cake and candle themed fundraising events on and around 1 June 2011, in honour of the thousands of children unable to have their own birthday parties.


– make a donation: by simply clicking here to light a candle now

– bake and take: raise money in your workplace by creating some sweet treats for colleagues

– tea and cake: host a fund-raising afternoon tea for friends and family

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