As followers of the howibake.com Facebook Page are fully aware, we baked delicious melt in the middle chocolate chip cookies for our recipe this week. They were fun and easy to make, looked impressive and, more importantly, tasted great.
These are perfect to bake with children, and they shouldn’t take longer than half an hour to make – great when you’ve had a stressful day at work and want to relax with some light baking.
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Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes
Servings: 10-12 cookies
Equipment that you’ll need:
Large baking tray
Mixer or Whisk
110g Unsalted Butter
110g Light Brown Sugar
110g Caster Sugar
Half tsp Vanilla Extract
Half tsp Salt
220g Plain Flour
Half tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
300g of Chocolate Chips, milk or dark
Firstly, preheat your oven to 170°C/Gas 3. Very lightly grease a baking tray with vegetable oil and set it to one side for later – you can also use a little butter on some kitchen roll.
Add the butter and two types of sugar in to a large mixing bowl and beat it until it becomes light and fluffy; remember that the mixture will be slightly darker due to the light brown sugar. If you’re using a free standing mixer, or electric whisk, this will only take a few minutes.
Add in the egg and the vanilla and beat in to a smooth batter with a wooden spoon. Tip the salt, flour and bicarbonate of soda in to the mixture and give it a quick stir before placing on a slow speed on your mixer to gently combine.
Once your mix resembles a cookie dough, you’re ready to add in your chocolate chips. Add half of your chocolate to the dough and give it a good mix to incorporate it – you can get your hands in at this point to give it a good squish.
Pull out small dough balls and flatten them in to patties in your hand. Place them on the greased baking tray that we prepared earlier and push a little dimple in to the middle of each one. (Tip: Using slightly damp hands will help you mould the dough better.)
Place the rest of your chocolate chips in to a microwave-proof bowl and microwave for 20 seconds; remove them and stir. Put them back in the microwave for 10 second intervals, stirring in between until melted.
Gently spoon the chocolate in to the dimples we made in our cookie dough, making sure not too fill them up too much. Create similar patty shapes as before with the remaining dough and place them on top of our filled cookies. Gently press them together at the sides to avoid the chocolate leaking out during cooking.
The cookies are ready to bake – place them in the middle of the pre-heated oven for approximately 15 minutes, or a little extra until they are golden brown on the top.
Leave them to stand on the tray for a few minutes until slightly cooled, they should come away from the tray quite easily.
Enjoy your cookies fresh from the oven, or zap them in the microwave for 15 seconds to melt the chocolate in the middle – you can also try them with vanilla ice cream.
Try out the recipe and let me know what you think!