Monday, 18 April 2016

Easy Peasy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm pretty excited to be writing today's post, this is because it is the first of my baking posts and if you've read my last post: you'll know that I've recently started baking again which I'm loving and enjoying a lot. 

So with enjoying my baking so much at the moment I feel now is the perfect opportunity to share some of my favourite bakes here on my blog. Not only will this be great for me to look back on over time, to hopefully see my baking progress and evolve. But I also hope that you reading this will be able to take something from these posts too...perhaps after reading this post you'll feel inspired to try out the recipes I share; or you simply take joy in having a little look through these sorts of posts. 

Personally, I think it's such a nice topic for me to add to my blog. I'd be delighted if you like this post and look forward to my future baking and cooking posts as I'll be sure to add more.

I'm only baking quite simple things at the moment, just to slowly ease myself into baking again. This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one that has worked for me time and time again over the last month or so. It's very quick, simple and easy so you'll without a doubt make a gorgeous batch of cookies if you do use this recipe.

Below is a photo of my finished batch, with my cup of tea, my current favourite candle and bunch of flowers (just to look pretty for the photo).

This recipe makes 12 to 16 cookies, and will take approximately 15 minutes to prepare, 10-12 minutes to bake, then a further 15 minutes to cool. 

The ingredients you'll need:

1 egg
175g plain flour
175g caster sugar
115g butter
100g chocolate chips (can have more/less whatever looks right for you)
A pinch of salt
Teaspoon vanilla extract
Teaspoon baking soda

Extra bits you'll want:

Mixing spoon
Teaspoons for measuring
Weighing scales
Fork for mixing the egg
Greaseproof paper
Baking tray

That should be everything...

Before you start you'll want to preheat the oven to 175°C and line the baking tray with the grease proof paper.

I'll now take you through the simple steps to make yourself a lovely batch of cookies...first you'll want to measure and weigh out all of the ingredients.

I like to weigh my ingredients into separate bowls before mixing them altogether (you can just add them straight to the bowl if you prefer). 

Use the fork to mix the egg; then mix together the egg, sugar, flour, butter, baking soda and vanilla extract in the large mixing bowl with your mixing spoon until the mixture turns to cookie dough.

Mix in the chocolate chips.

Once the cookie dough is nicely mixed with the chocolate chips, place about a heaped teaspoon of the cookie dough onto the lined baking tray, leave a couple of inches between each heap to give plenty of room for when they expand in the oven.

Place the tray in the oven (at 175°C) and leave to bake for 10-12 minutes; making sure not to over cook them. 

Once the 10-12 minutes is up, take the cookies out of the oven and leave to cool for around 15 minutes...and there we have it - easy peasy chocolate chip cookies :)

I'd love to know what you think of this post, especially with it being my first baking post!

Lots of love xxx

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