Friday, 1 July 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn't love cookies? Especially when they are still warm from the oven and all gooey in the middle.
Cookies are a treat that you can bake together with someone, whether that is your kids, Nana, Mum or best friend.

So here is an easy chocolate chip cookie recipe that is sure to please even the littlest fans. And if you manage to restrain everyone in the house from eating them all then they are a great gift idea. Wrap them in some cellophane, add some ribbon and a nice little card.
I managed to get 14 cookies (and 3 little cookies, for small hands and mouths) out of this dough. But only because I wanted to make the giant cookies I remember making as a kid. I'm sure you could easily get 20-24 if you made them smaller.

1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 cup plain flour
185gms butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence
200gms chocolate, roughly chopped (or chocolate chips)*
*I used two 100gm blocks of Cadbury dairy milk.
1. Pre heat oven to 180 degrees. Combine the brown sugar, caster sugar, plain flour and self-raising flour in a bowl. Add the butter, egg, egg yolk and vanilla. Mix with a wooden spoon to form a soft dough. Stir in the chocolate.
2. Place rounded tbl spoons of the dough onto a greased baking tray, roughly 6cms apart.
Bake in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Making sure you don’t overcook them or they will become too hard and crunchy. Unless of course that’s how you like them.
3. Once it’s time to take them out of the oven, remember to let them cool slightly on the baking tray before moving them onto a wire rack. Cookies are very soft when they first come out of the oven and if you try to move them too soon they will fall apart.
4. Resist the urge not to eat them while they are still warm. Serve.
Enjoy J

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