Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? But all chocolate chip cookies are certainly not created equal. I actually actively dislike supermarket cookies. They are horrifically sweet (and this from somebody with a very sweet tooth) and taste resolutely artificial. But here is a chocolate chip cookie that is all grown up. Or as grown up as a chocolate chip cookie can be. Chunks of dark chocolate leave milk chocolate chips in their wake in this particular context I’m afraid. And the flakes of sea salt take the edge off the sweetness and add an extra layer of deliciousness.
Do enjoy with a glass of milk though, because who actually wants to be a grown up anyway?
This recipes makes about 14 fairly decent-sized cookies.
1/2 cup (4 ounces or 113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 tablespoons (50 grams) granulated sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (165 grams) packed dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
Heaped 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 3/4 cups (220 grams) plain flour
1/2 pound (225 grams) semi- or bittersweet chocolate, cut into chunks
Flaky sea salt, to sprinkle
- Heat oven to 180°C and line a baking sheet with grease proof paper.
- Cream the butter and sugars together with an electric mixer until very light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and the vanilla, beating until incorporated, and scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Beat in salt and baking soda until combined, then add the flour until just mixed, and then fold in the chocolate chunks.
- I scooped the cookies into heaped tablespoon-sized mounds, spacing them apart on the baking tray.
- Sprinkle each with a few flakes of sea salt.
- Bake for 11 to 12 minutes, until golden on the outside but still soft on the inside.
- Let the cookies rest on the tray for 5 minutes before transferring a cooling rack.
Tip: I froze extra dough in scoops on a plate lined with greaseproof paper. Once they’re solid, you can transfer them to a freezer bag. This allows you to pin a note onto your noticeboard saying ‘Bake frozen cookies for 11 minutes’ and feel like a domestic goddess whenever you take advantage and have freshly baked cookies within 20 minutes.
Listening to Hello by Adele (obviously!), Totally by Joe Stilgoe and I’m not gonna teach your boyfriend how to dance with you by Black Kids.