In the past the cookies I have made have been too sweet, were flat and unappealing to look at, were too crispy. You would think it was easy to find the perfect recipe for a cookie but it has not been. And then I read a recipe in a Nigella Lawson cookbook, she is amazing. What I found the most interesting was her introduction, she also for years could not get the 'simple' cookie right, but I am so glad she has.
After loving her Totally Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies, I now also love her Chocolate Chip Cookies.
The cookies will keep in an airtight container for 5 days.
Baked cookies can be frozen, defrost for 2-3 hours at room temperature before eating.
Unbaked cookies can be scooped onto baking paper lined trays as if you were going to bake them, freeze until solid. Then you can place them in resealable bags and freeze for up to 3 months. Bake directly from the freezer, no need to thaw, just add 2-3 minutes to your baking time. You can also keep them refrigerated unbaked for up to 3 days and bake as needed.
I will never look for another cookie recipe again. These are perfect.
Makes approximately 14
150g soft unsalted butter
125g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg, fridge cold
1 egg yolk, fridge cold
300g plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
326g milk chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 170C/150C fan forced. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
Melt the butter and allow it to cool slightly. It is important to let it cool as if you don't it doesn't beat well with the sugars.
Once the butter has cooled slightly, add the brown and white sugars to a large bowl, pour over the butter and beat them together.
Add the vanilla, cold egg and cold egg yolk. Beat until the mixture is light and creamy.
Using a spoon, stir in the flour and bicarbonate of soda into the butter mixture. Add the choc chips and fold them into the mix until well mixed.
If your dough is too soft, this can happen if the butter wasn't cooled enough, place your cookie dough in the refrigerator for 5 minutes to firm up.
Once firm, place ice cream scoop sized mounds on the prepared baking tray. (You can make them smaller if you prefer). You do not need to roll them into balls just place rough mounds on the tray about 8cm apart, as they will spread. While one batch is baking, refrigerate the cookie dough not being used.
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