You can’t beat a basic chocolate chip cookie. Warm, fresh out of the oven I have posted these cookies on my social media and after quite a few of you asking for the recipe, I whipped up a batch this morning to photograph them for a blog post. I may have also just wanted soft, gooey warm cookies, just because? I like my cookies a little bit crunchy on the edges but soft and chewy in the middle, if you prefer crunchy, harder biscuit type cookies this recipe is not for you. Keep reading for the recipe I have been using this one from the BBC website but I tweaked the baking time you’ll see why below.
Here’s what you will need:
250 grams of all-purpose flour
2 grams of baking soda
170g of unsalted butter, melted
220g of packed brown sugar
100g of white sugar
15ml of vanilla extract
1 egg yolk
335g of chocolate chips
A pinch of salt
Pre-heat your oven 165 degrees (for fan ovens) line a baking tray with tin foil or greaseproof paper. In a large bowl sift the flour, the baking soda and the salt. I do not grease the tinfoil baking tray as I find this encourages the cookies to spread out more whilst baking
Melt the butter so that it’s runny, do not ‘boil’ the butter or over-do it in the microwave. Either leave the butter out so it’s at room temperature and not solid or pop the butter in a bowl in the microwave for a few seconds but be sure to keep an eye on it. Once melted add in the vanilla extract, the brown sugar, the white sugar, the egg and the egg yolk and mix in the dry flour ingridients form the other bowl.
Once nicly mixed together then throw in as many chocolate chips as you like, I usually use one full bag of these milk chocolate chips from Tesco but it’s up to you. Stir them all in using a wooden spoon, then roll up the mixture into little balls space them evenly apart on the baking tray. I do not flatten the balls of cookie dough.
Place the tray in the oven and I only let them bake for around 12-13 minutes, when you take them out of the oven they should be slightly crisped around the edges and may still look and feel soft on the top and in the middle. Don’t worry as they cool down they will harden slightly on the tray (if you can wait that long!) If you leave them in the oven until hardened they will becme rock solid when they are cooling down. I keep an eye on them whilst baking just to make sure they aren’t over-done as I do like my cookies soft and gooey!