Sunday, 21 February 2010

chocolate chip cookies

Somehow or other, trips to the supermarket seem to end up in me buying yet another bag of choc chips - and well, it's usually the dark choc chips and at last count, I seem to have at least 3 packets sitting in the pantry. Then again, I could say that about the blocks of butter, the flour, and the caster sugar. And let's not forget the cookbooks, the food magazines - I'm sure you get the gist of it.

Whilst I had Bill Granger's 'Sydney Food' sitting around on my table, I got around to making his recipe for 'Chocolate Chip Cookies'. Quoting Bill, these are simply 'irresistible eaten fresh and still warm from the oven' - the cookies maintain a soft chewy centre with nice external crunch to them.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Place 125g softened butter and 1 1/4 cups brown sugar in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add 1 tsp vanilla essence and 1 lightly beaten egg and stir to combine. Stir in 1 1/2 cups sifted flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder and a pinch of salt until combined. Fold through 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips.
Place spoonfuls of cookie mixture on a lined baking tray, allowing room for spreading. Here I used a fork to squash them down slightly (also to give it a nice pattern on top).
Cook for 15-20 minutes until they turn a nice golden brown.
Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes.
Place on a wire rack to cool further.
Recipe says it should make 16 cookies, I made at least 32. To be honest, I think I could just empty the pantry of chocolate chips and bake more of these cookies. They were delicious! I gave these away for Chinese New Year (so every family got a little bag of cookies). With the warm weather, the chocolate chips did melt a little which was a bit of a shame but otherwise I can't really find a fault with this recipe!


Anonymous said...

Aww you're too sweet, sharing your cookies! I would've totally hid them under the covers so no one would know..until they see the trail of crumbs. :)

Justin said...

ha, you know, this sounds like me. i'm always picking up another pack of something for baking, not really taking into account what i've already got in the house. then i end up with 3 packs of white chocolate chips and no idea what to do with them. i'm not complaining though. i always figure something out.

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

Hehe I'm the same panda! I hear a disorder called fear of running out of chocolate :P These look fantastic! :D

Belle@Ooh, Look said...

Considering you made so many, maybe you should consider selling these cookies; they look good enough for a 'commercial enterprise'!

Kristy Sayer said...

You can't go wrong with cookies, yumyum.
I alway use cookies and cakes as a gift idea when I'm not sure what to get someone :P

panda said...

vickys - haha! well the thing is, i love to bake and unfortunately there's only so much i can eat. giving it away means i can try more recipes and also get some feedback at the same time :)

justin - the thing with me is that i knowingly keep restocking on all my baking ingredients; my pantry is constantly chocabloc! but so true, i'll always find a way to use it all up :)

lorraine - hahaha...i would definitely have that disorder! i'm like that at work too, my drawer is constantly stocked with chocolate.

belle - another friend mentioned that too. one day, i'll get around to setting up my own baking business :)

kristy - it's great giving away baked goods as gifts. only thing is that i'm so fussy with what i give away, i need to triple test things to make sure they're spot on before i give them away

mademoiselle délicieuse said...

Not a lot of effort required, yet such yummy results! =)

Karine said...

Your cookies sound delicious! thanks for sharing :)

panda said...

mademoiselle delicieuse - that's just the way i like to cook!

karine - do try out the recipe and let me know how you go :)