I suddenly realised a couple of weeks ago that I did not have a s.it hot Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe up my culinary sleeve. What an outrageous oversight.
In fact I come up short generally in the biscuit/cookie department. My passion has, until now, lain mostly in the sticky bun category. Although I have always longed to have one of those cute cookie logs wrapped in a cling film sausage in my freezer. That would, I am sure, make me feel just as warm inside as a massive doughnut………so after lots of baking I have come up with the recipe below. These are Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies without brown sugar, just unrefined granulated. It happened to be just what I had in the cupboard but it gave a perfect cookie, crisp on the outside and chewy within. Lush.
But first some police action……..
I have recently returned from a holiday to Florida. We were there for the whole Disney thing and it was just the best experience. I’m not sure I felt THE Disney magic being the cynical b.tch that I unfortunately am but I fell in love with the place nevertheless. So clean with amazing ice – cream. A whole land dedicated to having fun just because……
I had booked our holiday to take in a beach resort for five days at the end of our Disney trip to allow for some respite from the queues. We eventually arrived at our semi posh hotel in a semi posh American version of Blackpool, full of silver haired, retired Hell’s Angels and their biker chick b.tches. Fabulous for people watching but no where near as entertaining as Mickey’s thrills and spills. Until that is 2.30 a.m one morning……..
I was sure I had been lying awake for hours in the silence, sweating and clammy from thrashing about with my usual sense of hormonal unease when from out in the corridor I heard a huge bang and a shout of ” Tampa Bay Police! Clear the door!” WTF?!!!!! I leapt up in alarm and disbelief as gurning, I cupped my ear to the door trying to work out what the flip was going on right outside our hotel room. Alarmed I realised that one of the police officers was now going door to door in order to further investigate the goings on in Room 807……What?????? Loooooooong gone are the days when I looked cute and tousled straight from my bed, now I mostly resemble a very slack breasted and inebriated Cruella Deville. In a trice I was up and reaching for my bra and sunglasses feeling a little disappointed that I had heard nothing to ensure myself a pivotal role in this investigation. As I sat by the door eagerly awaiting my call to citizen action, I eventually heard the voices recede and realised the corridor drama was over and the guests had been released……..crestfallen I released the spaniels and sank back into bed pondering what on earth could have been going on a few doors down. I placated myself with thoughts of the all you can eat breakfast buffet and eventually nodded off to dreams of French Toast with Maple Syrup and Sausages. The morning brought some marvellous solace in said breakfast to end all breakfasts and as I waddled back up to our room, licking the maple syrup from my chins, I overheard the story from the night before…….it involved a lady of the night and a scuffle that ensued upon non payment for services rendered……..where was Lt Judy Hopps when you needed her???? I so hope they didn’t get away with that too….
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
This recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies is my ode to America and an attempt to increase my baking knowledge in the general biscuit category. I trialled lots of different methods and ingredients and finally came up with something that delivered for me on all cookie fronts. A crisp edge with a soft, chewy centre. I chose to use milk chocolate chips as my children turn their noses up at dark but I think that dark is actually the better contrast against the sweetness of the crumb. It is a very easy recipe. I did look at all the different methods of cookie making. Some learned fellows do advise making the dough in advance and leaving it in the fridge overnight. I found that it made the cookie rather cake like so although stickier to handle I found it better to bake these babies straight away if you want the chewier middle. They are also at their best when eaten on the same day as baked. So this recipe is for 9 large cookies. an easy consumable amount in one day. I served these studded beauties to my children with cold glasses of milk and straws, I was really feeling the All American Mum thing……..
Firstly cream the butter and sugar together.
Until pale and fluffy. This takes about 3 minutes at a medium/high speed.
Scrape down the sides and add an egg. Beat for a few minutes.
Add the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda to the batter and mix until you can’t see any flour. Tip in the chocolate chips.
Roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray. I do 4 or at a time. They spread a lot so you need to ensure there is the space to do so. I use the largest baking tray that I have that will fit in my oven.
Bake for ten mins making sure that they are golden brown nearly all over. Then remove and leave at least 3 mins before transferring them to a wire rack. Do this carefully as they will still be very soft in the centre. I use a metal frying slice/spatula. Allow to cool completely.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies are just delicious. Studded with milk chocolate and chewy in the middle they are always a hit.
- 110 grams unsalted butter room temperature
- 175 grams unrefined granulated sugar
- 1 medium egg
- 200 grams plain flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100 grams milk chocolate chips I use Green & Black's cooking chocolate if I can.
- 1 pinch salt
Pre heat the oven to 170 C/325 F/Gas Mark 3.
Cream the 110 g butter and 175 g sugar together until pale. I use a free standing mixer for this but an electric hand held whisk will do the job too.
Add the 1 egg and beat well again. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
Add the 200 g flour, pinch of salt and 1 tsp bicarb slowly until the dough shows no more flour. Tip in the 100 g chocolate chips and mix through by hand.
Line a large baking tray or two.
Scoop out 4 cookies for each baking tray. I use a 1/4 cup scoop measurement that I have but another easy way is to use a metal ice cream scoop. Then use your hands to roll them into balls.I bake a tray at a time. They are roughly 70 grams each. This does leave one cookie left over. If your baking tray is large you can put it spaced well apart on there so there are 5 cookies. Be careful as they do spread a lot. If not bake solo. Annoying I know.
Bake for ten mins or golden brown on the outside and soft in the middle.
Leave for a few mins on the baking tray (they are still very soft in the middle) before removing gently with a fish slice or something flat onto a wire rack to cool.
Repeat with the other cookies.
Apply to American Face
If your cookie gets a dome to it then just bang the baking tray on a hard surface and it will deflate.
I do recommend a oven thermometer. Oven temps can vary greatly and with such a short baking time they are incredibly useful.
Find some more yummy biscuits here – Date Cookies
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