Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Chocolate chip cookies

I might be on a healthy eating kick but I still feel the need to bake and have things on hand for the kids to have as after dinner treats etc and chocolate chip cookies always go down well with most people'. 
So I started with the oven at gas mark 3 and 2 greased large baking sheets 
170 g melted butter
200 g light brown sugar
100 g caster sugar
 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg and 1 yolk
250 g plain flour
150 g chopped dark chocolate
50 g chopped white chocolate

first thing first the 2 sugars and melted butter were beat together until smoothly combined and colour became really pale. The eggs and extract were added next and beat until well combined . 

the flour was achieved in and folded into the sugar/egg mix and then the chocolate. 

Then came my new gadget the meatball maker . this dough was quite wet and sticky compared to meatballs but the dough did come out with only a little encouragement and even sized cookies are always good . placed the balls on buttered baking sheets and in the oven for around 10 minutes and left on the sheets for a couple of minutes to firm up a little first

these came out crispy outsiders and a just soft and slightly chewy centres. definitely a try again and I got 23 cookies out of this . Would of been 24 but let older son sample a dough ball. 

Little secret here . As I have to shop on a budget I don't buy chocolate chips or expensive chocolate very often . I buy the stores own labelled bargain chocolate and chop to size . Usually 30-35 pence a bar and no Ono's noticed or complained get . just have to make sure it's not that horrible cake covering chocolate they sell in the baking aisle .