10 minutes chocolate chip cookies

10 minutes chocolate chip cookies

10 minutes chocolate chip cookies

I thought I had already blogged these but I was clearly mistaken as I can’t find them anywhere. Oh well! I must have meant to do it then forgot. Here’s a recipe to use when you have friends descending on you but you haven’t got the time to faff about (the story of my busy life, basically..). As the name suggests they are really quick and really simple to make. Pretty much foolproof, in fact. They come from the River Cottage book Everyday by Hugh Fernely-Whittingstall. Lovely with a cup of tea or coffee! Mine, as you can see from the pic, came out a bit misshapen as I didn’t leave enough space between them. Still they tasted really good and that’s what matters at the end of the day. Right? Right! 😉


Makes 14-16 large cookies (or 24 smaller ones)

  • 125g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 75g soft light brown sugar
  • 1 medium egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 150g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 100g dark chocolate, chopped into smallish chunks (or use milk chocolate, if you prefer)


Gently melt the butter in a small saucepan. Put both sugars into a mixing bowl, pour in the melted butter and beat well with a wooden spoon. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into the bowl and stir them in, then add the chocolate. You should have a pretty sloppy sort of mixture.

Dot heaped dessertspoonfuls of the mixture on to 2 baking sheets lined with baking parchment, leaving a good 4cm in between each one as they really spread out. Place in an oven preheated to 190°C/Gas Mark 5 and bake for 8–10 minutes, until the cookies are turning pale golden brown.

Remove from the oven and leave on the baking sheets for a couple of minutes to firm up. Then carefully lift the baking parchment on to a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Inevitably they will be eaten as soon as they are cool enough not to burn fingers.

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