“These cookies are a real staple in my household, it’s impossible to resist sneaking one from the biscuit tin!”
Welcome to the very first post in my brand new Recipe Corner series! I can’t wait to share some of my favourite treats with you every Sunday #ontheblog. They will mostly be little sweet treats that are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee when writing, but they’re all tried and tested recipes.
I know that this is primarily a blog for my writing, but I can’t just write 24/7! I also want to let you into my life, sharing some of my family’s favourite treats – along with some lifestyle posts.
Anyway, onto the main event – Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Is there anything better than a chocolate chip cookie? I dare you to name something. Did you know that there’s even a chocolate chip cookie day celebrated on August 4? That’s a holiday that I’m definitely going to celebrate from now on!
These cookies are a real staple in my household, perfect with a glass of cold milk or a hot beverage. It’s impossible to resist sneaking one from the biscuit tin every now and again!
I see all sorts of fancy bakery items posted online, and the people who create them are super talented, but sometimes you just can’t beat the classics!
These cookies are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, with a little chocolate chip in every bite. Buttery, tender, and delicious. With a mix of both white and brown sugar, there’s an extra depth of flavour too.
A touch of vanilla extract finishes this baked good off perfectly. If you can find it, vanilla bean paste is even better. It’s quite pricey, but the flavour just does not compare to any other vanilla product out there – Pure vanilla seeds made into a sugar syrup. Delicious!
If you do fancy giving these a try, here’s the recipe!
- 280g (2 & 1/4 cups) Plain (All-Purpose) Flour
- 1tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
- 1.5tsp cornflour/cornstarch
- 1/2tsp salt
- 170g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter
- 150g (3/4 cup) brown sugar
- 100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1tsp vanilla extract/paste
- 200g (around 1 cup) chocolate chips/chunks
I’ve also converted the measurements from grams into cups (in brackets) for any readers in the US and beyond! As I’m in the UK, I tend to bake using the metric system.
- To start, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: flour, bicarbonate of soda, cornflour and salt.
- Once the butter has melted and cooled slightly, whisk together with the granulated sugar and brown sugar until smooth.
- Whisk in the egg and vanilla extract into the butter/sugar mixture and mix well.
- Pour the wet ingredients (butter mixture) into the dry ingredients (flour mixture) and mix until a dough comes together. The dough will be slightly soft/greasy due to the amount of melted butter, but this will ensure a deliciously moist cookie once baked.
- Finally, fold in the chocolate chips – as many or few as you would like.
- Wrap the dough in plastic wrap/clingfilm and refrigerate for an hour. This well help firm up the dough, making it easier to shape and prevent excess spreading.
- Once chilled, remove the dough from the refrigerator and preheat your oven to 325ºF/160ºC.
- Shape the dough into large golf-ball sized balls (2-3tbsp) until no mixture remains. Place the balls onto a lined baking sheet and press down slightly. The cookies will spread as they bake to create that typical round, flat cookie shape.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cookies are golden and just starting to crack on top. The cookies will continue to cook and firm up out of the oven for a couple of minutes. If you prefer chewier cookies, just take a minute off the cooking time!
- After a couple of minutes cooling, transfer the cookies onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- Enjoy! Try with a glass of cold milk or a nice cup of tea/coffee.
So, that’s the recipe for my favourite chocolate chip cookies! If you do happen to give these a go, please let me know, I’d love to see how they turn out. I really do enjoy to cook/bake, and I’m thankful that I’ve now got a place to share some of my favourite recipes with some of you fantastic people! If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to come back next week for the latest installment in this series.
Next visit to Recipe Corner ; Sunday 14th July