Everyone loves chocolate chip cookies.
What is there not to like? Butter, sugar, chocolate chips… yum! But everyone likes their chocolate chip cookie to be different. Some of us prefer a crisp cookie; others prefer a squidgy, fudgy, almost butterscotch, straight out of the oven chocolate chip cookie. And then there are those who prefer their chocolate chip cookie to be somewhere in-between: fudgy and chewy in the centre but crisp around the edge.
Then there is the matter of whether it’s chocolate chips, chocolate pieces, or chocolate chunks.
Some of us don’t even get as far as needing to put the cookie dough in the oven!
Snack or Dessert?
Chocolate chip cookies are a go-to favourite dessert, Nigella taking it to another level with chocolate chip cookie dough pots that you bake in the oven! Cookies make a great sweet snack or after school treat but no matter what your favourite chocolate chip recipe is, why is it that chocolate chip cookies are so appealing?
The imagery surrounding the Chocolate Chip Cookie is always about a caring and loving home. In films we always see little Johnny’s bedtime routine involves a cookie and glass of milk; or should little Johnny be sick in bed, Mom would nurse him back to health with the miracle cure that was the Chocolate Chip Cookie! Sesame Street encouraged us to believe that the chocolate chip cookie, courtesy of the Cookie Monster, “Me want cookie. Nom, nom, nom!” was fun and enjoyable (and generally how I feel when faced with a tray of freshly baked cookies!)
The quintessential American panacea spreading joy and happiness throughout the world!
Please believe me, cynic I am not. I love a good cookie. I prefer mine to be fudgy and chewy in the centre with the occasional molten chocolate nugget poking through its cracked carapace but let’s be honest; when faced with a cookie, any cookie, they are all going to be devoured as soon as they come out of the oven.
Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies
Here is my ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe:
315g Plain Flour
½ tspn Baking Soda
113g Granulated Sugar
170g Soft Brown Sugar
1 tspn Salt
2 tspn Vanilla Extract
2 Large Eggs
350g Choc Chips
1st: Preheat the oven to 175˚C.
2nd: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt.
3rd: Combine the butter and sugar together in a bowl and cream until light and fluffy.
4th: Add the eggs (1 at a time and combine) and the vanilla extract.
5th: Add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
6th: Stir in the chocolate chips.
7th: Drop heaped tablespoon-sized balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10mins or until golden brown around the edges. Allow to cool.
To create either a soft and chewy or thin and crispy bespoke Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie, you’ll need to tinker with the ratios of sugar and butter to get the texture you want. For a thin and crispy cookie you need to increase the amount of butter and granulated sugar, reducing the amount of brown sugar. For a cakey cookie you need to reduce the overall sugar and butter quantity. Another important factor is the use of either baking powder or baking soda– powder puffs; soda spreads – and I want my cookies to spread in the oven.
Cookies that keep on giving
If like me you just fancy a couple of cookies with a cup of tea, note: the dough freezes very well. I made up the recipe as above and only baked 6 cookies. I turned the remaining dough out onto a floured surface and rolled it into a sausage shape. I covered this in greaseproof paper and wrapped in plastic wrap and chucked it in the freezer.
Now every time I want some freshly baked cookies I just slice into the frozen choc chip sausage and bake. Cook for the same time.
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Snack, dessert or indeed breakfast. Choc chip cookies were my downfall at University. My waistline never recovered but the love affair continues…