Easy chocolate chip cookies

23 September 2016

So I have gotten back into full swing with my baking and I am LOVING every minute.  I recently bought a book as a treat by Lisa Clark called "The Cookie Jar" and it says on the blurb at the back: "The Cookie Jar will take you back to the days when baking was therapeutic and an important part of life."

And this just hits the nail on the head for me.  I hadn't baked in nearly 6 months and it really effected me.  Baking is my therapy.  And eating the products are a bonus of course - they get me through the day.  But creating something and photographing it and sharing it with you all really makes me happy.  I love the process.  I love the outcome and I love to share it with my friends.  

Which prompted me to make an extra batch of these cookies today, wrap them up and pop them in a few postboxes of my mom friends down the road.  Because who doesn't need a little delicious chocolate chip cookie to devour and get you through the afternoon when you have two little kiddies to contend with.

So onto the reason for this post - these delicious, soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies.  They are like little pillows of heaven.  I have made them twice now in two days and I have decided that more chocolate needs to be added to these - for me I like the chocolate hit, so in future I may add milk and dark chocolate chunks.  I will update this recipe when I do!

The main reason I love this recipe is that it's simple and you can easily make this dough by hand.  No mixer required.  
And there is no chilling needed either.  
So literally from measuring, mixing, rolling and taking them out the oven to devour takes less than 30 minutes. 
And for me if I can bake something that quick I am winning in life.

You will need:
120g butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1.5 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
130g chocolate chunks (As above, feel free to add another 100g of chocolate!)

All you need to do is...
Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  I put mine on 140 as it gets really hot.
* Melt the butter in the microwave until just melted.
* Beat the butter and sugars until creamy, add the egg and vanilla mix until just combined.
* Add the flour, baking powder and salt until a dough starts to form.
* Pop those chocolate chunks in and use your hands now to roll the dough into little balls.
* Put them onto a greased baking tray and bake for around 10 minutes.
* Do not let them overcook or go too brown otherwise you will lose the soft and chewy texture.

You're welcome!

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