We’ve all got a little bit of Cookie Monster in us (remember him from Sesame Street – the blue guy? Loved cookies?). During lockdown with the kids not in school and going stir crazy, now is the perfect time to try out this amazing choc chip cookie recipe. So simple, the kids can get involved!
Without a doubt one of the easiest cookie recipes I’ve seen in the long time. The end result is unctuous and moreish!
- 225g softened butter
- 200g caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract or maple syrup
- 255g plain flour
- 65g cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¼ tsp salt
- 350g semi-sweet chocolate chips (we get ours from Costco or Amazon, they’re perfect)
- First of all get warming up. No, not you, the oven! Preheat your oven to 175 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).
- Beat together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla or maple syrup in a large bowl until light and fluffy.
- In a separate bowl, sift the bicarbonate of soda, cocoa powder, flour and salt – and then stir them into the wet ingredients.
- Once the two bowls are combined gently stir in the choc chips. Don’t be alarmed, as you do this the mixture will get quite stiff, but flex those arm muscles!
- Grab a teaspoon and place generously-rounded dollops of the mixture onto a baking sheet (ungreased – but I use those black reusable baking sheets for just about everything these days), reasonably spaced apart (about 7-10cms) as the cookies will spread as they bake. Flatten them slightly with a large tablespoon or bottom of a milk bottle/jam jar.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Remove the tray from the oven and leave on the tray for a few minutes before lifting them gently off with a spatula or fish slice and transfer to a cooling rack. They will naturally harden in the cool air but still be lovely and gooey inside.
These choc chip cookies freeze well; we put them in packs of 4 and get out in the morning if we fancy one for elevenses!
Some equipment that you will need for this recipe (or indeed, many recipes):
Mason Cash Earthenware Mixing Bowl
A staple for any self-respecting baker. These Mason Cash bowls are available in a range of sizes (2 litre, 2.7 litre, 4 litre) and a glorious array of colours. No matter what theme you have in your kitchen, one of these bowls will go with it. The bowls are chip-resistant (important if you are baking with little ones or inattentive teenagers) and the distinctive patterned exterior helps grip when mixing. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Coasted Cast Iron Cooling Rack
This 40cm x 25cm cooling rack for baking is an essential purchase, to ensure that your cookies (or whatever else you might bake) have a chance to cool and harden before eating. The Andrew James cooling rack can also be used in the oven – i.e. can be used to reheat pies or pastries. The tight grid design means that even the smallest baked items are supported. No saggy bottoms here!
Non-Stick Reusable Baking Sheets
Measuring 40cm x 33cm, this pack contains 5 heavy-duty non-stick grill mats. Can be used in temperatures up to 500-degrees Fahrenheit, and also suitable for BBQs. These mats will not burn or shrink, no matter how much punishments they get. 100% non-stick surface makes food healthier and taste better. Made from 100% PFOA-Free materials.
Give this truly amazing choc chip recipe a go – it’s now my go-to recipe, no need to look for anything else!