Tuesday, 4 September 2012

miniature chocolate chip cookies

I awoke on Sunday morning with the urge to bake some miniature chocolate chip cookies. So, while the coffee was brewing, I got the butter & the sugar together for a happy party in my mixing bowl. Then the flour and egg joined the party, and once the show was nearly over, the colourful chocolate beans made their way from my baking cupboard into the bowl to add a bit of colour to the party.
Am I a little bit mad? Perhaps, but cookies bring a little happiness to a lot of people. and happiness is great.

Miniature Chocolate Chip Cookies: yields approx. 36

ingredients
100g / 1/2 cup light soft brown sugar
65g / 1/3 cup caster sugar
112g / 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large free range egg
260g /  1 3/4 cup plain (all purpose) flour
1 tsp baking powder
100g / 3/4 cup chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/ Gas mark 4 and grease 2 - 3 large baking trays.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until soft and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat to combine.
4. Add the flour and baking powder and mix to combine into a dough.
5. Gently stir in the chocolate chips until evenly distributed.
6. Take a small ball of the dough (about 2 tsp's worth) and roll into a ball then place on greased baking tray and flatten. Leave a little room for spreading.
7. Bake in the preheated oven for 8 - 10 mins until cookies are just firm to the touch
8. Leave to cool on baking trays for 2 minutes before transferring onto cooling racks.
Baking Notes:
This dough will freeze perfectly so if you don't want 36 cookies, just roll into a log and pop the dough in the freezer.
The cookies weren't as chewy as I would like - I might try adding condensed milk next time & a little less flour.

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