I do love a nice versatile cookie recipe, don't you? Here's a basic chocolate cookie recipe, adapted from Sugarbelle's sugar cookies.
To make 18 generous cookies (or about 25 if you roll them out and cut them into big flat round cookies), you'll need:
- 1 egg
- 227g butter or margarine
- 175g sugar
- 35g cocoa powder
- 390g plain flour
- 2tsp baking powder
- 2tsp vanilla essence
- half a pinch of salt
- 50g chocolate chips
If you have some kind of kitchen mixer, either a hand mixer or a stand one (like a KitchenAid) that will really help, but I made these by hand and although it took a bit longer than it might have to mix in all the ingredients, it was quite satisfying.
First, cream your butter and sugar together, then mix in the egg, in a big mixing bowl. In a second mixing bowl, mix together your dry ingredients (except the chocolate chips), then add them slowly to the wet ingredients, mixing as you go.
Lastly, mix in the chocolate chips.
If you want big chunky cookies like the ones pictured, now simply use a big eating spoon to get dollops of mixture onto a baking parchment-lined baking tray. The cookies don't spread much, so don't worry about that.
Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 8-10 minutes, until they're dry on top rather than shiny.