I'd like to say i'm surprised that my first post is of chocolate chip cookies but really i should have seen it coming. a standard in my repertoire, i have decided to make it my life mission to develop, create and construct the perfect chocolate chip cookie. needless to say it's a long and winding road filled with some epic fails but also some delicious successes. a constant debate over levels of white and/or brown sugar, plain or self-raising flour, baking powder or bi-card soda, quantity of vanilla essence, to coconut or not to coconut, milk or dark chocolate, rolling techniques and cooking times is usually what is running through my mind, rather than an assignment due to be handed in. the ultimate search for the crumbly, soft in the middle but crunchy on the outside and chewy texture is proving to be harder than it seems. this particular batch is almost there in terms of fitting the requirements, however it's worth noting that this may end up being a lifelong search. i originally based my recipe off this one here but as i have to construct a dairy and gluten free alternative, some tweaking happened. this is simply my version and no doubt there are many more to come. of course you can swap the butter and standard flour in instead of the ingredients used
in this search for the perfect chocolate chip cookie (from now on known as PCCC), i've found myself in many situations which involve shoving a plethora of biscuits into an unsuspecting friend/family member/random stranger's face urging them to take it. after polite refusal and awkward insistence, they take it, eat it and i proceed to watch every single movement in their face to determine their level of enjoyment. aiming for the PCCC is a tough gig, considering that every single one of my dearest amigos has decided they prefer a different texture of biscuits. some prefer crunchy, whilst others prefer a chewy toffee-like consistency. generally i tend to mix it up and go with the majority vote. it's gotten to a point over the last year, where i've acquired standard cookie critics, who have no qualms with tasting batch after batch (don't be fooled into thinking i stop at choc-chip cookies either, the list has even started to include brownies and banana bread, but that's another story…).
generally speaking i undertake the venture of cookie-creating on my own, however this time i was joined by my younger brother in the kitchen. he seemed to rather enjoy weighing ingredients and rolling balls of dough - he's been well trained. usually he's my prime cookie critic, but today he joined me in the baking fest. saturday mornings it seems, are not just for batman cartoons, COD on the x-box and disney channel.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
makes 24-30 cookies
1 heaped cup brown sugar
1/2 cup castor sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
150g butter (or nettles for dairy free option)
2 cups plain flour
1/2 tsp sea salt
1tsp baking powder
400g dark chocolate
3/4 cup coconut (optional)
preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius (160 fan forced) and line two baking trays with greaseproof/baking paper.
cream butter sugar and vanilla for at least 5 mins until thick, pale and creamy. sugar should be dissolved.
Add egg and beat for another 3-5 mins until thick and pale.
Slowly add flour, salt and baking powder, before adding chocolate and coconut.
Chill mixture in the fridge for at least 10 mins (ideally 30) before rolling into small balls on lined trays.
Bake in oven for 10-12 mins or until smells yummy. Cookies should look not quite cooked and slightly golden around the edges.