So the recipe this week is surely the furthest I can get from becoming healthy, being vegan, gluten free or sugar free! Out of the five weeks of baking I do for the parents at Infant Massage this recipe is the most sugar laden … and probably the most irresistible of them all. Herself also loves it when I make these because it is the one week she doesn’t have a little (vegan) brother competing for the left overs … just her father at the end of the day 🙂
So as the covers (from the duvet that everyone sits/lies on) have been washed and are getting blown dry on the line ready for Wednesday’s class I thought I would share what I made last week for everyone. They are in hot demand and so in between guarding cookies from certain wee hands, offering them at Infant massage and letting herself and her father enjoy the leftovers I only just remembered about a photo as the last few were about to be devoured ……. herself did suggest that I make more so you could all see a full batch, fresh and warm, though I have declined that offer 🙂
It is actually thanks to herself that we have this recipe as she found it many years ago when researching how the chocolate chip came into existence ….. Thanks Ruth Wakefield …. so I guess it is only fair that she gets the spoils. It has been a rare treat ever since and having two vegans on the bus has made it even rarer and it has been over a year now since these beauties were fragrancing -yes, it is a real word – our wee bus.
Though it is sugar laden you can reduce some of this by using 90% chocolate or reducing the sugar if you are so inclined. You can also add in some nuts to replace some of the chocolate. Another version I have tried was with white chocolate, which I bought by mistake, which everyone loved. I’ll leave it to you to play with and enjoy though I’d love to hear about any good variations you find.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is half the original recipe and still makes around 45 biscuits.
1 1/8 Cup Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
125 gm softened butter (1/2 Cup)
3/4 Cup raw/brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 large egg
1 Cup of broken up dark chocolate (the darker the better and the less sugar). One block is more than enough.
- Pre-heat oven to 190 C
- Melt the butter and beat with the sugar until blended
- Add the egg and vanilla essence, mixing well.
- Mix in the flour and baking soda.
- Add chocolate in and stir well into the dough
- Drop teaspoon sized balls of dough onto a lined tray (baking paper is good). They will flatten and expand on baking so leave room for this
- Bake for 9-11 minutes or until the cookies begin to flatten and brown.
- Cool on a wire rack …. if you can wait that long!!
Hope this finds you enjoying life’s sweet treats, happy, healthy and content.