Monday, 24 February 2014

Best Cafe Style Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe : Rated Yum!

Easy Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies with tea cup. Afternoon tea setting,
My kind of afternoon tea.
I have a weakness for these chocolate chip cookies, so much so that I don't often make them. They are so easy to make and even easier to eat! There's nothing I enjoy more that a nice afternoon cuppa with a cookie or two, ok maybe three!

You can substitute the chocolate chips, add any thing you like to the basic recipe and turn them into any flavour you like. One of my favourites is white chocolate and macadamia nut pieces.

I just use a hand held mixer  in a large bowl to cream the butter and sugars, I find there's no need to pull out my big freestanding one for these cookies. The brown sugar gives these cookies a slight hint of caramel to the base. If you don't have brown sugar on hand you can use all white sugar, but the taste is not going to be the same.

Don't be tempted to walk too far away from the kitchen when baking, the 10-15 minutes goes very quick and they are very easy to burn. Only cook until lightly golden for a soft chewy texture, or just a little longer for more of a crunchy style cookie.  Everyone's oven is different, so it's even more important on your first batch to keep an eye out.


Important tip for beginners

When you pull the cookies out of the oven they will be very soft - do not attempt to move them onto a cooling rack until they have had a few minutes to cool on the trays first! If you don't wait, your cookies will be smooshy and break and you will incorrectly think they weren't cooked enough. As they cool they will harden up enough to move them on to a wire rack to cool completely before you taste a few *cheeky grin*  and pop the rest in an airtight container.


Cookie Stack with a red Ribbon, perfect homebaked gift
Cookie Stacks make lovely gifts.


Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Makes 30 large Cafe size Cookies or 60 small
(recipe can be halved for a smaller batch)







Ingredients

250g Butter - soft but not melted (I have not tested it with margarine or shortening substitutes)
1 Cup Soft Brown sugar
2/3 Cup Castor Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs
3 Cups of Self Raising Flour
1 1/2 Cups of Chocolate chips / chunks / pieces
(Or see *Variations)



Method

Preheat your Oven to 160C
In a large bowl cream/mix butter until a little whipped, add both sugars and continue to mix until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla and continue mixing while adding 1 egg at a time until fully incorporated.
Mix in 1 cup of flour
Replace hand Mixer for a large spoon and mix in the remaining 2 cups of flour.
Gently combine chocolate chips until evenly mixed through
Scoop  balls of mixture using the size spoon that matches what size cookie you want - a tea spoon for smaller supermarket packet sized cookies or a larger spoon for those large cafe sized ones. 
Cookies on a baking tray fresh out of oven.
Fresh out of the Oven
For rustic style, you can just place each scoop straight onto your baking paper lined trays, or if you want a more circular shape, roll them lightly in your hands to get that even circle shape. I pat each one down very lightly but still leaving it as a ballish shape - the cookie dough will naturally flatten and spread during the cooking process.
*Do not place dough balls too close together as they do double in size.
Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes depending on your oven


*Variations

You can easily substitute the Chocolate chips for any flavours or nutritional boosts you prefer.

For example:
Macadamia and White Chocolate
Sultana's with a pinch of Cinnamon 
M&M's  or Smarties
Chopped Cherries
Crushed nuts
Chopped up pieces of Mars or Snickers bars
Any dried fruit, raspberries, Acai, apple 
Any combination above mixed with Chia seeds

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