You will need:
75g or 3oz of butter
225g or 8oz of soft light brown sugar
2 free range eggs
150g or 5 1/4 oz of self raising flour
200g or 7oz of dark chocolate
One. Preheat your oven to 180C / 350F / Gas Mark 4.
Two. Since I didn’t have any chocolate chips I started by chopping a 200g bar of dark chocolate into chunks. This is much harder than it looks and I imagine it would have been much easier to do with a food processor! Sadly I don’t own a food processor and honestly, I wouldn’t really fancy washing one up even if I did!
Three. Pop the butter and the sugar into a bowl and mix until they are smooth and creamy. Again this would be much easier in a food processor but I found that it doesn’t take that long by hand. I decided doing it the long way resulted in a nice little arm workout. Always got to look for the positives!
Four. Break the free range eggs into a separate bowl & add as much vanilla extract as you like! I had no idea how much to add and I think I went for about 3 teaspoons in the end! Whisk this mixture gently just until the eggs have broken up.
Five. Gradually add the egg mixture into the butter & sugar making sure to beat it constantly. At this point the mixture looks horrible but smells beautiful!
Seven. I lightly greased a baking tray with margarine and lined it with grease proof paper. Pop large tablespoons of the mixture on to the baking tray & there’s no need to flatten them down, they’ll do that themselves once in the oven. I baked 6 cookies per baking sheet.
Eight. Pop them in the oven for around 10 – 12 minutes & when you take them out they should have spread and be soft to the touch. Leave them to cool before removing them from the baking sheet so they don’t begin to crumble.
Et voila! I found this mixture makes around 12 – 14 large cookies! They should be beautifully soft with the chocolate inside wonderfully gooey. I think this is the perfect basic cookie recipe that can be experimented with. There’s not a huge amount of butter in them which is always a good thing & instead of adding chopped chocolate you can add anything you want. I think I’m going to bake a new batch today using some chocolate chips, mini chunks of fudge & some glace cherries. Always have fun and experiment with baking!
Let me know if you try this out or if you have a different cookie recipe you think I should try!
P.S. If all goes to plan I shall be baking my boyfriend a pretty amazing birthday cake this week! Hopefully that should be up sometime next week & if you don’t see it then you’ll know it all went horribly wrong!