The One-Bar Five-Star Chocolate Cookie

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The trick to these cookies is the use of a bar of chocolate as opposed to chocolate chips. The latter are not only too small, but are also usually sub-standard chocolate (ain’t nobody got time for that). Using a bar requires a little more elbow grease, but results in big chunks of gooey chocolate goodness, and opens the door to a whole world of flavour options as curated by Cadbury’s, Green & Blacks, etc.

These take a mere 10 minutes to cook, but also need at least 30 minutes cooling time, making them ideal for several situations such as:

a) Procrastination  – use the cooling time to do that inevitable task, and reward yourself with warm cookies afterwards. You can’t ‘over-chill’, so there’s no excuse to stop early.

b) Entertaining – if you’re not sure when people are arriving, or when people will be in the mood for home-baked goods (spoiler: always), you can get the mixture ready and prepare to become an insta-housewife in just 10 minutes.

c) All other situations.

Enough pre-amble.

Ingredients

  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp fine salt
  • 170g unsalted butter
  • 215g light brown sugar
  • 120g granulated white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 300g chocolate

Instructions

  1. Melt butter, add to the brown and white sugar and vanilla
  2. Add eggs, beat well
  3. Add remaining dry ingredients (except chocolate), mix
  4. Mash up your bar of chocolate by your preferred aggressive method, then fold into mixture
  5. Chill for at least 30 mins
  6. Pre-heat oven to 190C/Gas mark 5, grease a baking tray (or use greaseproof paper)
  7. Blob the dough onto the tray, refrain from large blobs (you cannot underestimate cookie spreadage)
  8. Bake for 10-12 mins, until the edges are golden brown
  9. Leave to cool and harden (or, consume when warm and gooey…)
  10. Repeat!

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A little side note… my ambitious Christmas blog plans have been thwarted somewhat by an unexpected redundancy and a need to prioritise jobhunting. Sorry for the minimal content currently.

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