I used to make these cookies all the time, in fact, I’ve been making them so long, I don’t even remember how this recipe came to be. So why does my first batch look like something that came out of my housemates dog?
My faultless recipe is clearly faulty, either that, or my nine year old self is a better cook than me. If she were here right now I’d slap her. What? She’s not real! Anyway, admittedly it’s been a while since I’ve made these (ten years) but surely it’s like riding a bike.
I look down at the burnt little puddles stuck to my baking tray, ‘how can they be burnt AND raw?’ I ponder. Without thinking I plunge my finger into a partially oozy one, it’s as hot as molten lava. I drop the tray and it lands face down on the floor. Of course it does.
Round two. I up the heat, reduce the cooking time, swap plain flour for self raising and use an electric whisk. Having no idea if any of these decisions are the right ones and having eaten most of the chocolate, this was my last chance. However, this time I would be more cautious, I won’t bake and ruin a whole batch of 18, I’ll start with 6.
Burnt! Again!… But at least the butter didn’t separated this time so they looked a little less pooey. Feeling encouraged by the progress, I line up another six and pop them in the oven, reducing the cooking time by 5 minutes. SUCCESS! Chewy, golden, melt in the mouth little roundels of heaven. I knew I could do it. Now all I have to do is not eat another one, I’m on a diet… I hate my life.
Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 16-18 cookies / Takes 20 mins to prepare and 10 mins to bake)
125g Salted butter at room temperature
125g Caster sugar
2 Heaped tablespoons of condensed milk
50g Good quality dark chocolate roughly chopped
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
150g Self raising flour
Pinch of salt
1. Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C fan)
2. Using an electric whisk in a large bowl, cream together the butter and the sugar until light and fluffy (you can do this by hand if you’re lovely and strong, unlike me.) Add 2 heaped tablespoons of condensed milk and the vanilla extract and continue to whisk until incorporated.
3. On a chopping board using a large knife, roughly chop your chocolate. Add to the mixture and sift the self raising flour over the top. Using a wooden spoon, mix together by hand until you have a well incorporated cookie dough.
4. Line two baking trays with baking paper and using a teaspoon scoop up a ball of the dough, roughly the size of a walnut. Roll the dough in your hands until you have a ball and place evenly on the baking tray. (Try and leave as much space as you can between each cookie as they will spread out, don’t over crowd your trays. If you have to, bake them in batches.)
5. Using the back of a tablespoon, press down on each ball gently to squash it out a little to help form a good a cookie shape. Bake in the oven for 8- 10 minutes. Cool slightly on the tray before carefully transferring to a cooling rack using a spatula. Sprinkle with a tiny pinch of salt and serve with a good cup of tea.
TIP: You don’t have to use dark chocolate, you can use 50g of whatever chocolate you like. If making them for a friend, why not try using their favourite chocolate bar. A batch of Snickers cookies would be incredible.)
If you’ve had a go at making my cookies or any of my recipes, I’d love to hear about it @corrieheale firstname.lastname@example.org