Hey everyone, welcome to the blog! I hope you are all well and staying inside! Quarantine has meant I have had lots of time to do fun things, like bake, and I’ve been loving it! I’ve baked a fair few batches of cookies over the past couple of days, and think I have finally found a recipe for the PERFECT cookies! These cookies are crisp on the outside, chewy in the centre, a golden brown colour with soft cracks on the top… and the best part is you can whip up a batch in less than 30 minutes!
I have just uploaded a bake with me to YouTube, so if you fancy checking that out and baking along with me, click here.
I thought that in today’s blog post I would walk you through the steps, because trust me, you NEED to try these cookies!
125g caster sugar
100g light brown soft sugar
1tsp vanilla extract
260g self raising flour
1/2 tsp salt
100g chocolate chips
- First thing you should do when you’re baking anything is turn on the oven. For the cookies, you need to turn the oven to 180 degrees celsius. It’s important you turn the oven on and let it heat up completely before the cookies go into the oven!
- When I bake, I use my KitchenAid, however you can of course make the cookie dough using a hand held mixer or by hand. The first thing you want to do is weigh out the butter and put it into your mixing bowl. I like to beat the butter for 30s or so to soften it and add in some air, which gives the cookies a nice texture!
- Next, weigh out the two sugars and sieve them into the bowl. I like to use a sieve to make sure there are no lumps of sugar in the bowl, as it definitely isn’t nice to bite into a lump of burnt sugar! Mix the butter and the sugar until they are combined.
- In another bowl, weigh and sieve the self-raising flour and salt. Again, sieving gives the cookies a nicer texture. Add half of the flour into the main bowl, crack in the egg and then mix. Don’t forget to add in the vanilla extract too! Once all of the ingredients have combined together, add in the remaining flour, and mix until the dough comes together. It should be quite a tough dough, easily made into a ball.
- Finally, fold in the chocolate chips! This is obviously the most important stage 😉 The dough is now finished!
- Now we have to get the dough from the bowl to the baking tray! I have to do a couple of rounds of baking, as I only have one baking tray, but you can use as many as you like! Just pop a piece of baking paper on the tray so the cookies don’t stick. I’m a total perfectionist, so I have found that 40g balls of dough make for the perfect sized cookies! Furthermore, weighing out the dough makes the cookies even in size! I place 6 balls of dough onto the tray at a time, and use the palm of my hand to flatten the balls (make sure you wash your hands before handling dough!) Flattening the cookies is important as it means there is less work for the oven to do, meaning they will spread better!
- Place the cookies in the oven to bake for 8 minutes. They should be a light golden brown. The trick with cookies is they will look very underdone and raw when you first take them out, but you must take them out and leave them on the side to rest and settle. During this time, the puffiness will decrease and they will harden! After 5 minutes rest, you can transfer them to a cooling rack / plate and put the next batch in the oven! This recipe makes about 18 cookies, which is quite a lot, so bare that in mind whilst baking!
Honestly, the BEST cookies I have ever eaten, I was so proud of myself when I discovered this perfect recipe haha! I’ve been sharing it with all my friends, and my family, who have been eating all these cookies. They definitely haven’t been complaining about the excessive amounts of baking going on! If you do anything during quarantine, please make these cookies! I promise you won’t regret it…
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Stay safe and stay home everyone,