The Return of the Cookie Monster

I have been a little out of touch lately, working hard on numerous charity cupcakes. But this weekend was all about baking one of my favourites … chocolate chip cookies! Mmmm …

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It’s taken a while to find the perfect recipe, as well as finding the perfect cooking time in the oven. I’m not sure about you, but I love my cookies to have a nice crisp edges and a gooey chocolatey centre. The oven has a massive part to play in this (obviously!) and I have used a fair few in my time! I think now I have worked it all out, mastering all the different knobs and the different oven settings to get them just right!

The recipe I have settled on has been in my partners family for years! And with a few tweaks here and there, I think I have found a winner!

So, fancy making some of your own?

This simple recipe is both addictive and damn right delicious! (even if I do say so myself!) And if you’re anything like me, your be making these on a weekly basis …

Ingredients:

  • 4oz of butter (chopped) 
  • 1/2 cup of lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
  • 1 3/4 cups of self raising flour
  • 1/2 pack of chocolate chips (I like to use 100g of chopped chocolate, with a mixture of milk and white) – you can always substitute the chocolate with something else, such as chopped hazelnuts

Now here comes the fun bit …

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  1.  Beat together both the caster and brown sugar with the butter and vanilla essence until well combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, lightly whisk the egg and add to the mixture before beating again (it may curdle to start with, just beat a little longer and it will come back together).
  3. Add the self raising sugar and chocolate pieces, making sure the mixture is well combined.
  4. I am lucky enough to own a KitchenAid which quite frankly, I couldn’t live without and has this amazing cookie dough attachment! But if like me a few years ago, it’s still on your baking wish list,  you will need to mix everything together with a fork until a soft dough is made.

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  1. Put small balls of dough onto greased baking sheets, well apart to accommodate spreading
  2. Depending on how big you want your cookies will depend on how many the dough makes. I like mine slightly on the larger size, meaning I can happily make 16-20 cookies. If you like them more as a light bite, you could quite happily stretch the mixture to make about 36!)
  3. Finally, bake in a fan oven at 180c for about 10 minutes – this is where you will need to judge for yourself how long they need to go in for depending on how you like them! Personally, 8 minutes is amble of time -you want them to have grown in size and have cracked slightly on the top!

Once you have removed from the oven, allow to firm up for a minute or two, before cooling on a wire rack. Now, storing these bad boys shouldn’t be a problem, a small tin will do! Although if your like me, they may not even last long enough to make it to a tin!

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