Friday, 3 September 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I received the last of my birthday presents from hubby, Nigella Lawson’s new cookbook; Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home. I have been so excited about the release of this long awaited cookbook and all the new wonderful recipes to sample and enjoy. I spent most of yesterday reading and browsing through this whopper cookbook and all I can say is I’m in love! Nigella has delivered another fabulous cookbook that’s packed with mouth-watering recipes that make you want to get right in the kitchen and start cooking/baking. I couldn’t wait to begin my love affair and decided to start with the Chocolate Chip Cookies. These cookies were easy and quick and my kitchen smelt divine while they were baking. Not good when you’re watching your calorie intake! I’ve baked various cookies in the past and liked them all; however this recipe certainly delivers everything I expect in a cookie. These moreish cookies are tender, fudgy, chewy but with a crisp bite and seriously yummy! I have a feeling they won’t last long once my son and his girlfriend come to stay tomorrow night.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes approx 14

150g soft unsalted butter
125g soft light brown sugar
100g caster sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg, fridge-cold
1 large egg yolk, fridge cold
300g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 x 326g packet milk chocolate chips

1 x large baking sheet

Preheat the oven to 170oC/fan 140oC/gas mark 3. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Melt the butter and let it cool a bit. Put the brown and white sugars into a bowl, pour the slightly cooled, melted butter over them and beat together.

Beat in the vanilla, the cold egg and cold egg yolk until your mixture is light and creamy.

Slowly mix in the flour and bicarbonate of soda until just blended, then fold in the chocolate chips.

Scoop the cookie dough into an American quarter-cup measure or a 60ml round ice-cream scoop and drop onto the prepared baking sheet, plopping the cookies down about 8cm apart. You will need to make these in 2 batches, keeping the bowl of cookie dough in the fridge between batches.

Bake for 15-17 minutes in the prepared oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack.

The cookies can be made up to 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container. Will keep for a total of 5 days.

Watch this space for more yummy recipes from Nigella Kitchen: Recipes from the Heart of the Home.


Anonymous said...

Right thats it I am on the next flight home! These look great, umm are you sure you need a new camera, the pics are excellent!
Soon you soon.
Love Hubby

Nic's Notebook said...

Oh yum these look delicious! And a new cookbook for me to add to my wish list... *sigh* :)

Morgan said...

They look wonderful - thanks for sharing the recipe. It has gone straight on to my list of things to try!

Helen said...

They look lovely. I was intending to put Nigella's new book on my Christmas list but I keep hearing good things about it and I'm not sure I can wait that long!

Brownieville Girl said...

Those cookies look wonderful (although that doesn't get hubby out of buying you a new camera!!!!!!)

I feel a purchase coming on!!!

Chele said...

Ooooooooooooh - I love a sneak peek ;0)
Hubby is getting me this book for Chrissy.

Caroline said...

Hmmm, was going to try and resist buying this book, but now I'm going to have to have a look...

Cookies look fab!

cocoa and coconut said...

Well firstly Happy Birthday, and are a lucky girl! I really want this cook book...I'm going through a Nigella obsession at the moment. Beautiful cookies too, they look really perfect in texture.

busygran said...

Absolutely a must-try for me. I love the natural cracks and choc chips on the cookies!

Nickki said...

Your cookies look so perfect! I bet there isn't many left lol :-) My boys love choc chip cookies so I'm guessing it won't be long until I try this recipe...:-)

My copy arrived today...I'm only on the first chapter of Kitchen and totally loving it already!

Katie said...

They look delicious. I love how thick and soft they look in the centre, just how a cookie should be

Cooking Gallery said...

The choc chip cookies look so good...! Soft and chewy, just the kind of cookies I like:)!

Lucie said...

Oh fab! I love these. So glad you made something from the book, it sounds great. Hope they went down well over the weekend. Love Lucie x

Maria♥ said...

Hi everyone

Thanks for the lovely comments! The cookies didn't last ;o)


LF said...

Hi Maria,

I made these today and thought they were amazing. Will also be giving the muffins a try as I have too many ripe bananas. Also wondering if I should use some of them to make the banoffee cheese cake over the weekend.


Heather said...

Nice chubby looking chocolate chip cookies (I don't like the flat ones). I am so tempted to get another Nigella book but I already have two!

Unknown said...

This is my first comment, i've been browsing your blog, and I LOVE IT! you have tonz of recipes that i want to make.. so i started with this chocolate chip cookies, and i think i made something wrong, because my cookies hasn't that beautiful shape, mine are not 'broken' and are a little bit more 'tanned'. i don't know if it's because i used regular sugar instead castor sugar (that in spain is hard and expensive to find) ... the taste is incredible