I was in sudden dire need of a chocolate/sugar fix and we had nothing in the house for our pudding after tea, so I whipped up a quick batch of Idiot Biscuits. The recipe is in Miss Read's Country Cooking, and they are so called, apparently, because any idiot can make them. I haven't made them for ages and I don't know why, because they are so quick and easy.
We're having baked potatoes for tea and as the spuds were nearly done, I turned the oven down and put the biscuits in at the same time. Hopefully they will be cooked while we are eating, and I can get them out and they'll be cool enough to munch once we've eaten our main course.
4 oz butter
2 oz caster sugar
4 oz plain flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
Cream the butter and sugar, then mix in the vanilla essence before stirring in the flour and cocoa.
Roll into balls and place on a baking sheet, press them down with a fork dipped in hot water.
Bake 20-30 mins, Gas mark 4