I really like cookies. In France or Germany, I only knew them as hard and crumbly. Maybe even dry. In England (a gift from the US), they’re mostly soft and chewy. However, I recently bought some from Sainsbury’s and nearly had a heart attack when I read how many calories they had (almost 212 per cookie!). So I thought, “why not make my own? That way I can use less sugar/butter/flour…)
(for 33 small/medium cookies)
2 eggs (one whole, and one yolk only)
100g caster sugar
116g brown sugar
8g vanilla sugar (instead of pure vanilla extract)
1 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
100g milk chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 170°C.
First, melt the butter in the microwave. Don’t melt the whole thing, just pop it in on low for 1min. Put it in a mixing bowl and add the brown sugar, white sugar and vanilla sugar (or extract). Start mixing it all until you get a brownish mixture.
Add the eggs and keep mixing it well. Pour the bicarbonate and slowly incorporate the flour while you mix. Include the chocolate chips and give it one last whirl.
Using a spoon (I also saw one video where the guy used an ice cream scooper), make little balls about 3inch apart on a baking tray covered in paper. Insert the tray in the middle of the oven and bake about 15min or until the edges start to look golden brown.
Remove and leave to cool on the side. If you like them particularly chewy, eat when they’re just cooling. If you prefer them crunchy, wait until the next day.
Pictures: author’s own