We’re starting 2017 off right here on Lights, Camera, BAKE! That is, we’re kicking off the New Year with Cookie Week! I began dedicating a week to a specific type of food in the middle of last year and I really enjoy it. (I hope you do too) so what better way to start off the new year than with a week dedicated to cookies?
To start off the week, I’m bringing you Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies are the recipe I always used as a child and the flavours I remember growing up. They’re the soft, melt-in-the-mouth, vanilla cookies with lots of chocolate chips. They’re the cookies that remind you of comfort, home and your childhood.
These cookies don’t have any brown sugar or cornflour like in these chocolate chip cookies but they do use melted butter. The melted butter helps give these cookies moisture and helps to keep them soft and not dry and crumbly.
To make these, we begin by beating the egg and sugar together until light and fluffy (also known as the ‘Ribbon Stage’.) The sugar dissolves into the egg and the mixture will have increased in volume. This ensures enough air has been beaten into the mixture which will help create a softness and a lightness to the cookies. If you do not beat the egg enough the cookies will end up flatter and harder. Like little rock cakes and nobody wants little rock cakes!
After you have beaten the egg and sugar to a light fluffy texture, you add the butter and vanilla essence. Then fold in the flour and chocolate chips, roll them into balls and bake. I like to press these down with a fork to give the rustic homemade look. You can press these down with something flat if you don’t want the fork prong marks.
I hope everyone had a safe and happy new year (I didn’t even see it in!) and I also hope 2017 brings you great things. I can’t wait to get baking this year and bring you more exciting recipes and other goodies.
- 1TspVanilla Essence
- 1and 3/4 Cups Flour
- 1and 1/2 Tsp Baking Powder
- 2/3CupChocolate Bits or chips
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
- Beat together the egg and sugar until the mixture becomes thick and pale. (Around 1 - 2 minutes with a hand beater)
- Stir in the melted butter and vanilla essence until well combined.
- Fold in the flour and baking powder. Add the chocolate bits or chips and combine.
- Roll into balls and press down the tops with a fork.
- Bake for around 12-18 minutes. Check them at 12 and if they are a light golden colour they are ready.