Wednesday, January 2

Colossal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Due to Britain's unrelenting rainy days which we experience from January all the way through to the end of March, I and B decided to treat ourselves, and the family, to home cooked, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
However I have to be honest, the cookies turned out to be far larger than we had anticipated, hence them looking colossal. These chocolate chip delights are a meal in themselves; yet difficult to resist eating multiple no matter how full you get!
350g/12¼oz unsifted flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp salt
225g/8oz butter
175g/6¼oz caster sugar
175g/6¼oz soft brown sugar 
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
350g/12¼oz dark chocolate, crumbled

How to Make:
Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/Gas 5.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Beat in the eggs. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in the chocolate.
Split the pliable dough into two halves, rolling each out into sausage shapes, approximately 5cm/2in in diameter. Wrap them in cling film and transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use.
When you are ready to bake the cookies, simply cut the log into slices 2cm/¾in thick and lay on a baking tray, widely spaced apart. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
{So tempting to eat a little of this delicious dark chocolate before it got mixed up in the cookie mixture.}
Warning: these will have a detrimental effect on the hips, waistline and your New Year's healthy living resolution!