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Sunday, 16 September 2018

Super-chewy fool-proof chocolate chip cookies

These are amazing. Super-chewy chocolatey and EASY cookies. They are foolproof so if, like me, you've been hoodwinked by one too many pintrest recipes and want something to just turn out nice for once, these are the ones for you. 

I could've made more cookies but I did eat quite a lot of the dough before I scooped them out. How could I not when it looked like this?


I called them fool-proof because you can't go wrong with them. I really hate following 'easy' instructions that just lead you to a mess. For example, I once attempted to make a 3D bunny cake for my sister...it ended up looking like its fur was melting and it just had this really demonic creepy vibe haha; It would've been wonderful for Halloween but it was February so... 😬. I actually won't share the photo of how bad it was yet...but only because I applied for that Netflix show 'Nailed It' so you might see it then haha and yes, I am serious.

I test the recipes on the blog before I post them because there's nothing worse than making something you've seen on pintrest and it turning out nothing like what you expect is there? I speak from experience here having spent hours trying to make love heart shaped sugar cookies before and ending up with a tray of just...mess. So frustrating, especially when you've bought ingredients specially.


Anyway back to the cookies. 

These are really easy and so nice. I actually froze half of these and I'm looking forward to whacking them in the oven before I have people round and looking like I made an effort haha.

To make them you need:
Cookie mixture:
100ml of melted butter
1/2 tbsp of coffee (made up already and cooled)
400ml demera sugar
1tbsp salt
1 egg
1tsp vanilla
400ml all purpose flour 
1/2 tsp baking powder
100 grams chocolate chips (To be fair I probably ate at least 25 grams of these and they still turned out fine so don't feel bad if you are like me haha)

The highly encouraged add-ins:
100 grams dark chocolate bar
100 grams hazlenuts (brown them in a pan).

I know I've said the flour and sugar is measured in mls. That's just because I don't weigh anything and I hate cleaning up so I just used my one liquid jug and it worked well.

To make the cookies:
Melt the butter and once it's out the microwave check you still have 100mls, if it's gone a bit under just top it up to 100ml with a bit of milk. 

Cream the sugar and butter together then add the vanilla and coffee. Take your time with this because we've trying to get the mixture to be fluffy. Add 1 egg and whisk until the mixture thickens and you get little streaks on top of the mix that disappear after a few seconds.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and then gently fold together until just mixed and no more. 


Chop the hazlenuts and chocolate bar before adding them in with the chocolate chips. 


Now chill the mixture for about 20 minutes. Then gently oil your hands with olive oil or butter to stop the mixture sticking to you and form the cookie mixture into balls. A scoop of one heaped tablespoon is enough for each cookie. Once they are divided put them in the fridge for as long as you can stand it. 

I managed a couple of hours but overnight is the best.

When you are ready for cookies, turn the oven to 180 degrees fan and get a baking tray out with greaseproof paper on. Take about 6 to 8 cookies on each tray and squish them a little before putting them in. They go roughly double the size so just to show you, this is why you need to press them into a circular shape.


See what I mean? Same sized cookie ball with the same ingredients but if you squish it you literally get a baked cookie twice the size that's even chewier.


Cook them for 14 minutes, then let them cool down in the oven before you take them out.

I think they taste better fully cooled because they go extra chewy and they're quite soft when they come out initially.


Initial cookie out of the oven (above) versus when cooled (below)

They are so chewy and taste amazing. Let me know what you think and if you end up making them, send me a message.

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