It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to bake. To be fair, actually, making these cookies was Mark’s idea, and he did most of the work. He wanted biscuits, I found the recipe. We had to scavenge ingredients from the cupboard because he decided to bake at 10pm. I think he turned into the Cookie Monster. Oh, and he didn’t manage to make the 28 Delia suggests the recipe makes. Mark made a whole 6.
110g softened butter – we used just under 100g melted cacao butter
150g soft light brown sugar – we only had the dark
1 large egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla essence
175g plain flour
1/2 tsp bicarb. of soda
75g chopped hazelnuts – we skipped these: none in the cupboards
100g chocolate chips, mixed or single variety your choice
Pre-heat the oven to 180C/Gas Mark 4.
Make your man read the recipe. You might want to too, just in case.
Mark didn’t. He put everything bar the egg and melted butter in a bowl and then poured in the butter as I stirred. Then we beat in the egg.
You’re supposed to beat the butter and sugar, then add in the egg and vanilla essence, then fold in the flour and other ingredients.
However you choose to do it, then you put blobs of mix on your baking tray and flatten them slightly.
Bake for approx. 15 minutes until golden brown and feel firm in the centre when pressed lightly.
Testing these shortly after they were done, and before they were sufficiently cooled leads me to suspect it doesn’t matter if you follow Mark’s or Delia”s method of mixing ingredients. Most tasty, and definitely the sort of chewy cookies supermarket bakeries offer. Actually, very tasty with the still-melted chocolate chips in the middle.