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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Choco chip cookies and Gems or M&Ms or Smarties cookies

I had made these cookies first when I was all of 12 yrs old :) It is such a super easy recipe to make. You can involve your little ones in the making of these cookies as well. The baking time is also quite short and no additional syrups, etc are required in the making of these cookies.

You need:

  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cup of choco chip cookies or gems (You can also divide the dough in 1/2 and add 1 cup of choco chips to one batch and 1/2 of gems to the other batch like I did)

The Make:
Cooking Time: 10 minutes per batch | Preparation Time: 10 minutes | Makes about 20-30 cookies (depending on the size)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
2. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. You can avoid the salt if you are using salted butter.
3. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, whisking well after each addition.
5. Blend in the vanilla essence.
6. Thoroughly mix in the flour mixture until combined well.
7. Using a spoon, fold in the choco chips and gems in batches or together or either one or as per your choice until evenly distributed across the batter. Don't fold in too much as to cause the chocolate to melt.
8. Scoop about 1 heaped tbsp or teaspoon of the batter and place on a well-greased baking tray  or directly on a baking sheet. Continue doing this with sufficient spacing between the cookies to allow it to expand.
9. Cook for 10 minutes or until the cookies are golden and crispy. Turn to a rack to cool down.

You can serve hot or cold as desired. The kids would enjoy these cookies at Christmas time and it isn't too late yet to try them out!

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