It's dead easy, and makes a generous batch of cookies to share around, so feel free to divide the recipe in half if you don't want too many. I often bake half and freeze the other half of the dough, wrapped in two layers of glad wrap to protect it from evil freezer burn.
The recipe starts with combining both brown and white sugar with the butter, but in this case the butter is melted, so hand beaters or even a wooden spoon are adequate stirring devices. The eggs and vanilla go in, the rest of the dry ingredients, and then, finally, the all important chocolate chips.
The chocolate chips do really make or break these cookies, so use something yummy - I use Callebaut, which are quite pricey but very yummy. My recommendation for anyone not quite as chocolate mad as me would be to get a block of your favourite supermarket chocolate and chop it up, as chocolate chips from the baking aisle are usually compound chocolate (i.e. no cocoa butter) and just aren't as nice. The cookie part is quite sweet so I usually go for bittersweet chocolate chips - about 50% cocoa solids - but I do also like them with milk chocolate, and if you're more a dark chocolate person that'll work fine too. You could also change out some of the chocolate (or all, but surely you want some chocolate, right???) for nuts or dried fruit - so long as the total volume of add-ins is still 1 1/2 cups it'll be fine.
Unlike the cookies (or rather, biscuits - hard and crunchy right through once cooled, which is what I consider to differentiate biscuits from cookies - cookies stay chewy) we made when I was a kid, which were pressed down with a fork before baking, these will turn out perfectly when the dough is just placed on the baking tray as a ball - no flattening required! (making patterns with the fork was always my favourite bit but I'll sacrifice a bit of fun for a cookie which stays soft)
When it comes to baking them, don't overbake! This is a recipe which is very tempting to cook for longer than you ought, as the cookies are still quite soft when they're ready to come out of the oven. The test is to touch the edge of the cookie - if the edge has a crust and doesn't give way to a light touch, they'll be done - even if the middle is still squidgy. You won't be able to take them off the tray intact straight away - they need a couple of minutes to cool and firm up - but they will stay chewy and delicious even once they've completely cooled (and I'm sure I don't even need to mention that they're fantastic hot).
Do you ever microwave things just to see how they'll work out? Do you have any surprisingly microwaveable recipes? Please share!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
180g butter, melted and cooled
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup sugar
1 egg + 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups semi-sweet choc chips
Preheat oven to 160 degrees celcius and adjust racks to divide oven into thirds.
Beat together butter and sugars, then beat in egg, yolk and vanilla. Mix together flour, baking soda and salt in another bowl then add and mix until just combined. Mix in chocolate chips.
Bake for 11-14 minutes – cookies should be light golden brown with slightly hardened edges but centres still soft. Cool for a few minutes on the tray before transferring to a rack to cool fully.