Chocolate Chip Cookies

Master homemade chocolate chip cookies with this simple recipe. You’ll love the crisp outside and chewy centre! 

Finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie can be a difficult task for many bakers to master. But don’t fret, I have this easy chocolate chip cookie recipe ready to share with you just in time for the start of the festive season. Everyone has their idea of the perfect cookie, but if you’re a fan of crispy, yet soft and chewy textured cookies, then you’ve come to the right place.

You can never have enough chocolate chip cookie recipes in your life. I’ve already shared a basic CCC recipe with you and I wanted to share this new recipe I recently discovered and ended up thoroughly enjoying because of its ease and amazing taste.

As soon as these cookies leave the oven you’ll be reaching for one almost straight away! There is nothing more tempting than the aroma of a freshly baked cookie!

But hold on, before you go ahead and devour the cookies, for a pretty presentation that’s easy on the eyes as soon as the cookies have finished baking and are out of the oven I like to press a few extra chocolate chips on the tops. The reason for this is sometimes when you’re rolling the cookie dough you can’t choose how the chocolate chips are dispersed, so to guarantee every cookie has a generous helping of chocolate I decorate the top of each cookie with even more chocolate chips.

I also thought I’d share some of my tips for freezing and making the cookie dough in advance. Rolled cookie dough freezes well in a sealed sandwich/ziplock bag for up to 3 months. The perks of having cookie dough in the freezer is you can bake how ever many cookies you want ready for unexpected guests or for when a craving for cookies strikes! When you’re ready to bake the frozen cookies just take how ever many you want out, then once your oven has heated up all you’ll need to do is to bake the cookies for a couple of extra minutes more than the recipe states.

Lastly, if you have ever had any problems occur when baking cookies, below I’ve rounded up some of my top tips, which I hope you’ll find helpful.

Tips For Baking Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies:

  • Always use room temperature butter. I use room temperature butter in most recipes, having the butter nice and soft will make creaming it easier. I tend to leave my butter out at room temperature for one hour before using, however, in the summer months when it gets really hot it doesn’t take that long to soften up! To test your butter is soft enough and ready to bake with, it should still be cool to the touch, but when pressed using little pressure your finger will leave an indentation. Please don’t be tempted to microwave butter to soften it!
  • Use two different types of chocolate. I love all kinds of chocolate, so I like to use a mix of dark and milk chocolate in my cookies. You’ll love the rich, slightly bitter flavour of the dark chocolate in contrast to the creamy, sweet milk chocolate.
  • I’ve found since testing out several cookie recipes that chilling the cookie dough for a length of time isn’t always necessary. I don’t personally believe it changes the flavour too much, only the texture very slightly. Chilling will produce a slighter thicker cookie, but not much more than that. I like that this recipe only requires an optional 15 minutes chilling time, which is great over the busy holiday period! I’ve baked many cookie recipes which have suggested the dough should be chilled for a minimum of 24 hours, however, there’s never been any instruction on what you do when you need to roll the dough ready for baking, as after overnight chilling it’s usually rock hard and impossible to roll.
  • Try shaping the cookies by hand. I used to use an ice cream scoop, however, I now prefer to individually divide and then roll the dough into balls, shaping between my palms to get a nice round shape.
  • You’ll be able to tell the cookies are ready as they’ll brown slightly around the edges. Cookies often appear uncooked, however under baking is the secret to a soft centre.

(Makes 24)

Ingredients:

150g butter (salted or unsalted), softened

80g light brown sugar

80g caster sugar

1 large free-range egg, at room temperature

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

225g plain flour

Pinch of salt (add 1/4 teaspoon if using unsalted butter)

1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

200g chocolate chips (I use a mix of dark and milk chocolate chips and chunks), plus extra for decoration

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190°C / 170°C Fan / 375°F / Gas Mark 5. Cream the butter, brown sugar and caster sugar together until pale and creamy.
  2. Add the egg and the vanilla extract and beat until completely incorporated.
  3. Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda together over the top of the mixture and gently fold in until a few specks of flour remains.
  4. Now add the chocolate chips and fold them through until evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.
  5. Cover and chill the dough for 15 minutes (this is an optional step).
  6. Divide the cookie dough into 24 equally sized pieces, roll into balls between your palms. Evenly spread on two to three large baking trays lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mats (leave a gap between each cookie to allow for spreading).
  7. Bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes until they’ve turned a light golden colour. When the cookies come out the oven they will appear under baked, however, as they cool they will firm up.
  8. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking trays for a few minutes. As the cookies cool you can press a few extra chocolate chips on the tops if desired, then gently transport the cookies to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. The cookies will store in an airtight container for up to one week, but they’re best eaten on the day of baking or the day after.

Recipe from Bake Play Smile

Get your apron and mixing bowl at the ready, it’s now your turn to bake these divine chocolate chip cookies!

Enjoy!

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Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Classic chocolate chip cookies. Soft, chewy and totally addictive! 

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Cookies are one of my food guilty pleasures, I love going back-to-basics and I thought it was about time share my go-to cookie recipe, jam packed full of gooey chocolate chips! I cannot think of anything more delicious!

Chocolate chip cookies are the ultimate treat. I think we can all pretty much agree on that? The perfect cookie in my opinion has to be soft and with chewiness to it. I’m not a fan of big cake-y cookies, I like a slight crisp outside, but a chewy interior.

I found the recipe for these delicious cookies when I was reading my friend Lilly’s blog post. She baked these cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction (one of my fave blogs!) – they looked so delicious, that I had to try them out for myself! These cookies are simply the BEST chocolate chip cookies I’ve ever made and eaten.

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I’m so happy to finally find a great chocolate chip cookie recipe! Most the cookies I’ve made before have either been dense, flat and greasy from too much butter and way too sweet. I once even added too much chocolate – yes, you can go overboard with the chocolate! I don’t even want to admit the amount of cookie dough and cookies I’ve munched my way through to find this brilliant recipe!

I love the addition of brown sugar in cookie dough – this brings a gorgeous caramel flavour to each bite. The other “secret” ingredient is cornflour (cornstarch), this guarantees the cookies are ultra chewy and soft – you must add it for the best CCC’s! Just a few teaspoons will make a whole lot of difference.

Preparing the cookie dough is really simple, it’s an all-in-one method with no mixer required! The hardest part is definitely resisting eating spoonful after spoonful of the uncooked dough! I’m sure we’re all guilty of doing this? 😉

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I did my research and most sources suggested resting and allowing the cookie dough to chill in the refrigerator overnight. Overnight chilling not only adds to the flavour, but it will produce a thicker and far chewier cookie. It’s really tempting to bake the cookie dough straight away, but it is definitely worth the wait. Try it and you will see!

With this recipe I sometimes use a mix of milk and dark chocolate chips – this balances the sweetness and richness but if you prefer you can swap the chocolate chips for chunks of chocolate. When I visited New York last March, I was lucky enough to visit Jacques Torres chocolate factory in Brooklyn and have tour around the factory by Jacques himself. It was great to watch all the chocolate being crafted ready for Easter and see behind-the-scenes. I even got the chance to try his famous chocolate chip cookies. They were simply to die-for-good, the memories of biting into that chocolatey cookie…

I hope enjoying making and eating these as much as we did! Enjoy!

(Makes 16-20 depending on size)

Ingredients:

280g (2 and 1/4 cups) plain flour (all-purpose flour)

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1 and 1/2 teaspoons cornflour

1/2 teaspoon salt

170g (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, melted (not boiling hot, cooled slightly)

135g (3/4 cup) light brown sugar

100g (1/2 cup) granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

180g (1 cup) chocolate chips – I used a mix of milk and dark chocolate

Method:

  1. In a small mixing bowl toss together the flour, baking soda, cornflour and salt until combined.
  2. In a smaller bowl melt the butter. Add the sugars to the butter along with the vanilla and mix together until combined, this will take about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the egg and egg yolk to the mixture and beat in to combine fully.
  4. Fold the flour in, and mix until the dough starts to clump together. Finish by folding through the chocolate chips. Be careful not to over mix!
  5. Place the cookie dough in a small bowl, cover with plastic wrap and leave to chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. I made mine ahead of time and chilled the dough overnight – this is recommended.
  6. When you’re ready to bake the cookies, preheat your oven to 325°/160 Fan assisted. Take the dough out of the refrigerator and allow to come up to room temperature – this will take about 10 minutes.
  7. Portion the dough into balls – weigh for accuracy. Approx. 40g for each cookie. Now roll the cookie into an elongated shape – this will stop the cookie spreading out too much during baking.
  8. Line 2-3 large baking sheets. Spread the cookies out on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until the cookies are a light golden colour.
  9. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 2-3 minutes, then carefully transport to a wire rack to finish cooling completely.
  10. Best enjoyed with a glass of milk or sandwiched together with ice cream! Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • If using salted butter, reduce the salt to 1/4 tsp.
  • You can use a mix of milk and dark chocolate chips, if preferred.
  • Chill cookie dough for at least 2 hours prior to baking, overnight will produce the best results.

Recipe inspiration from Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Serve with a glass of cold milk and you’re in chocolate chip cookie heaven! 

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