Happy Monday everyone! Yay!!! Monday!!…. Yes that was sarcasm. But I am here to make your Monday a little brighter by declaring COOKIE TIME! What better way to avoid the horror of Monday than with chocolate chip cookies?
How is it that I don’t have a Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe on my blog?! It’s almost a crime and I’m sorry. Before you throw the book at me, let me try and remedy the situation by posting this amazing, delectable, soft, chewy, chocolatey, cookie! This is a seriously delicious cookie. Well in my eyes it is anyway, not that I’m biased or anything….
Chocolate chip cookies are like brownies. Everyone has the “perfect” recipe or their own idea of their “perfect” cookie. There are so many variations and adaptations of this classic treat that it is almost impossible to try them all. I say almost because I feel like I may have come close to trying them all in my search for the “perfect” cookie. (It was a delicious search I assure you). I tried recipes with different sugars, methods, ingredients, baking times, recipes that came out crispy, recipes that came out soft, the list goes on!
During my search, I found many recipes and adaptations that I liked and some that I loved. But I wasn’t done there. I wanted to try something that I haven’t seen done before…. That is…. Use icing sugar in place of regular sugar! In all my searching I didn’t once see this done on a chocolate chip cookie so I gave it a crack.
After numerous experiments and adaptations, I finally had it! A soft, thick, chewy, chocolate filled, beautiful cookie!
If you are like me and you enjoy soft, slightly chewy, sweet cookies packed full of chocolate, then these are your cookies!
The icing sugar in the recipe gives the cookies a creaminess and helps keep them soft. As icing sugar is just sugar finely ground and mixed with cornflour, the icing sugar helps the cookies remain thick and they remain soft for up to a week! (Possibly longer but I they didn’t stay around for any longer…)
The few chocolate chip cookie recipes I had growing up as a child, all had very similar ingredients. Butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking powder and, of course, chocolate chips. The recipe contains the usual suspects of flour, eggs, butter, vanilla and chocolate chips. But I also use icing sugar, brown sugar, cornflour (or cornstarch) and baking soda. Let me explain my choice of ingredients:
Brown sugar – Adds a lovely depth of flavour and adds to the chewy factor of the cookie and ensures the cookie doesn’t come out too crisp. I also just love brown sugar.
Cornflour – This helps keep the cookies soft in the same way as the icing sugar but also gives the cookies a great lift and thickness.
Baking Soda: Baking soda and baking powder are both leaveners and generally in cookies we only need the use of one leavening agent. Without going into too much detail, I found – after researching and through trail and error – that baking soda reacts with brown sugar which enables the the cookies to rise. If I didn’t use brown sugar I would have used baking powder for the same effect. It can get confusing but just trust me!
- 180g Butter, softened
- 2/3 Cup Brown Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Icing Sugar
- 2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Tbsp Cornflour
- 2 Cups Flour
- 1 Tsp Baking Soda
- 1 and 1/2 Cups Chocolate Chips
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Cream the butter, brown sugar and icing sugar together.
- Add in the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Beat in the cornflour, flour and baking soda and mix until all combined into a soft dough.
- Stir in the chocolate chips.
- Roll into balls and place on the tray leaving at least 1 and 1/2" between each cookie to allow for spreading.
- Bake for 10 minutes. They will look under done but the harden as they cool.
This, I hope, will be the first of many chocolate chip cookie recipes on this blog but at the moment I’m just glad I have one on here! Again, I apologize…
I had a lot of fun creating this recipe and I hope you enjoy making them. If you try them I would love to know what you think!
P.S. When I scheduled this post I had no idea that in America it was National Chocolate Chip Day! Talk about perfect timing. I think New Zealand should have this day and although we don’t officially, I’m certainly still celebrating it!