Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies


I love making these easy chocolate chip cookies. And I love eating them too. In fact, my whole family loves them. They are so easy to make and taste so delicious that its difficult to stop with just one or two cookie at a time.

These are crunchy chocolate chip cookies and are a must in my home every year for Deepavali celebration (Diwali). I make them in bite sizes and we simply love them that way. Another reason why I keep them at bite sizes is because I do make a lot of cookie varieties for the festive and bite sized cookies means my guests will be able to try out all my cookies without the guilt of overconsuming these delicacies. And the same applies to my family as well. 


Why do I call these easy chocolate chip cookies? Because they are really super easy to make. The recipe starts with the normal sugar and butter creaming process but unlike for cakes, this process should be a short one for all cookies, generally because too much creaming will result in the cookies spreading too much during baking.  And after the creaming process, the egg goes in, after which you literally mix all the remaining ingredients into your bowl and drop spoonfuls of cookie dough into your baking tray and bake them.  No resting time needed for the dough, and no rolling and cutting required.

 

What goes into these cookies that make them so special?

The ingredients I use for these cookies are pretty basic in the sense that these are almost always readily available in most homes. And these ingredients are the basic ones that almost all chocolate chip cookies are made of – flour, butter, sugar, eggs and chocolate chips.  But the ones that make a difference to this recipe is the brown sugar and the almond nibs.

The brown sugar gives this cookies a rich flavour that does not make the cookies overly sweet and when combined with mini dark chocolate chips the richness of these chocolate chip cookies is just perfect. And not forgetting the roasted almond nibs. I buy these nibs from local cake decorating supply shops and they can even be found in local grocery shops. If you cannot find them, you can buy whole almonds and chop them into small bits before roasting them. These should work fine for this easy chocolate chip cookies too. I have not tried these cookies with any other nuts before, but I believe the cookies would taste just as great with any other types of roasted nuts.




Easy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 190g  self raising flour
  • 150g butter
  • 50g soft brown sugar
  • 75g castor sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 150g mini dark chocolate chips
  • 50g almond nibs (roasted)
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence



Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius. 
  • Line your baking trays with parchment paper. 
  • Dry roast the almond nibs on a pan over small heat. Leave aside to cool. 
  • In a clean bowl, add both the caster sugar and brown sugar and butter and cream these together until the mixture turns light and creamy. Do not over beat as this could result in the cookies spreading too much during baking. 
  • Add the egg yolk and beat until its just combined. 
  • Next, add the flour, followed by vanilla essence and almond nibs. Mix with a spatula until the nuts are well combined. 
  • And finally, add 2/3 of the dark chocolate chips to the batter and use a spatula to mix into the batter. 
  • Drop teaspoonful of cookie dough onto your baking sheet making sure they are well spaced out to allow for spreading during baking. 
  • Tidy the cookies by shaping them into ball using your hands. 
  • And finally, press in some chocolate chips onto each cookie and bake the cookies for 10 to 15 minutes until they are lightly browned at the sides. 
  • Remove the cookies from the oven, lift the parchment paper off the baking tray and place them onto wire racks for the cookies to cool down. Once cooled, remove them from the paper, and let them cool completely on wire racks before storing in an airtight container. These cookies can last up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

 

Note:

  • Baking time and oven temperature may vary. I would suggest that you follow the baking temperature you normally use to bake cookies. Please also note that the cooking time will ultimately depending on the thickness of your cookies as well as the size. The baking time and temperature provided in this recipe are based on my oven setting.


Here is a short video on how to bake these easy chocolate chip cookies:




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Happy Baking :)














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