101 Chocolate Chip Cookies

Yesterday I wrote what turned out to be my 100th post. If I had known that, I would have gone with less rant and more depth. Although sometimes you need the rant. You need to send the silent cry of frustration into the depths in the hope that some stranger will hear you and send an echo back across the oceans.

It’s Sunday and as promised, a recipe. For me it’s an oldie but a goodie, the chocolate chip cookies I used to bake as a teenager. My memory of the first time I baked these is a strangely clear one: in the kitchen my mother designed for the old farmhouse my parents left the city for, Sunset Boulevard playing on the stereo. I had come home from school in the dark so it must have been winter.

Today calls for a long walk in the crisp frost, cookies and board games. Oh, and laundry, ironing and cleaning.

Then I will get out the library books and I got yesterday and try and map out the plot for my historical novel. Since I promised to have a first draft ready by the summer, I’d better get moving. Good thing this is a quick recipe.

You will need:

chocolate chip cookies

  • 75g butter at room temperature
  • 100g sugar
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150g flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • 100g dark chocolate cut into chunks

Mix the sugar and the butter. Add the brown sugar and the egg. Mix the flour together with the vanilla sugar, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and add it to other mixture. For best results, sift in the flour mixture. Always sift for best results. Add the chocolate chunks.

This is a really sticky mixture so use a spoon to add dollops to a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Use the flat side of a spoon to flatten them.

Bake them in the middle of the oven at 175C for around 10 – 15 minutes depending on your oven. They should still be a little sticky when you take them out.


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