I decided to get my cookie groove on today for two reasons. The first is that I've been very sick with a gastric flu over the past couple of days and was feeling significantly better today and NEEDED to do something after being bed-ridden for what seemed like an absolute age! The second reason was due to a little purchase I made while down in Cork in the beautiful O'Conaills chocolate shop. It is a haven for all chocolate lovers with a fantastic variety of different chocolates and divine marshmallow-endowed hot chocolate. Anyway, I'll stop my salivating! I bought a bag of milk, dark and white chocolate drops while ogling the chocolate wonders that surrounded me. It would have been criminal not to have made cookies when I was so laden with chocolate chips!
Due to the recent fragility of my little tummy, I decided not to risk tasting them! I think dry toast will be my daily menu for another few days. So I decided to parcel them up in some cellophane, embellish them with a ribbon and write a little note on some pretty Daintree paper. I gave them to two of my best friends and the last one to the boyfriend. My sister ate the other half of the tray and gave them her seal of approval!
Thanks to my sister Clare Doherty for taking the photos for me. I was very sleepy and she swooped in and clicked away. I think she did a fabulous job. Merci bien ma fille!
Here's the recipe:
Makes about 25 Cookies.
- 300g Butter at room temperature
- 1 Egg
- 375g Caster Sugar
- 450g Plain Flour, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 250g Chocolate Chips
- Beat the butter, egg and sugar until completely combined.
- Mix in the flour and the baking soda.
- Finally add the chocolate chips or fruit if you prefer.
- The dough should stick together. If it is too crumbly, it means the butter was not soft enough to begin with, so beat for a little longer. If it still does not combine then add two tablespoons of milk.
- Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for one hour.
- Roll out on a floured board to 5mm thick and cut into rounds with a cookie cutter.
- Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in an oven preheated to 170C/gas mark 3 for 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown.
- Transfer to a wire rack and cool.
Go forth and bake some cookies!
Have a good week.