These cookies are really simple to make – the temptation to eat all the cookie dough, before they get to the oven is hard to resist though!
Chocolate Chip Cookies ingredients
For these cookies you will need:
- 225g/ 8oz caster sugar
- 300g/10oz plain flour (sifted)
- 200g/7oz butter, melted
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 1tsp of baking powder
- A pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 200g chocolate buttons chopped into small pieces.
Chocolate Chip Cookies method:
- Preheat the oven to 170C/300F/gas mark 3
- Take the melted butter (I always melt it in the microwave, just keeping an eye to make sure I don’t over do it) and sugar in a bowl and mix together – just using a spoon is fine, no need for a whisk.
- Sift the flour, baking powder, vanilla (if using vanilla paste, just reduce the paste to a smaller amount) and salt together and add to the sugar and butter mixture. Add the chocolate chips at this stage if you’re making chocolate chip cookies.
- Mix together until you have a dough like consistency, add the egg and knead using your hand again. You may need to operate a hands off approach here, as it never fails to amaze me just how popular the cookie dough is with my daughters!
- Roll pieces of the dough into a small ball, (they will spread out during cooking) I like to use small icecream scoop to get a more even size, but it doesn’t matter, place on a plate and then put into the fridge. Personally I like to leave them in the fridge for at least a couple of hours to go very firm, but you don’t have to. You can also cover in cling film and pop into the freezer for half an hour. I think leaving them to firm up helps them retain a better shape during cooking, but if you can’t wait, it really won’t spoil the cookies.
- Pop them on a baking tray on top of baking paper, and make sure they have plenty of room so they don’t melt into one large cookies.
- Into the oven and bake for 10 – 12 mins, until the edges are a little golden.
- Leave on the tray for a few minutes then transfer using a spatula to a wire rack. This may not be a necessary stage, as often in our house they don’t get to the stage of being transferred, as they are taken off the tray and eaten whilst still warm.