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Baking up a storm – Nigella’s chocolate chip cookies

Good afternoon everyone:

It has been a stormy day in Nova Scotia, with school closures and delays. Rather than making my way through half snow plowed streets I decided to stay home, get school work done and do a spot of baking.

We didn’t have much in the way of baking supplies in the house but we did have all the ingredients for Nigella’s lovely (and quite large) chocolate chip cookies and I thought I would share them with you.

Nigella’s chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 125g brown sugar
  • 100g white sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk (cold from the fridge)
  • 300g flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 326g chocolate chips

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350F and lime a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt butter and beat together with both sugars (I just used very soft butter instead of melting it)
  • Beat in the vanilla and eggs until creamy.
  • Mix together the flour and baking soda and gradually mix the flour with the wet mixture
  • Fold in the chocolate chips
  • Scoop out the cookie dough using a large ice cream scoop or a 1/4 cup measure and press the dough a bit. This will make approximately two batches of 8 cookies (unless a Cookie Monster lives at your house…)
  • Bake for 15-17 minutes, let cool on baking dish for a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack.
  • Eat!

I hope you all have a lovely Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Jacqueline

baking · Chocolate · Recipes

Weekend Indulgences

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Sometimes there is nothing better than a sweet chocolate-y treat at the weekend. I was watching some old cooking shows and came across this recipe.  My husband and I decided to have a quiet weekend at home, and the only time we had outside was to pop into the shop to buy some chocolate chips to make these cookies.  If you are a chocolate lover, I suggest you make these immediately with a big cup of tea or hot coffee.

Nigella Lawson’s Double Chocolate Cookies

125g butter (or non-dairy alternative)
75g brown sugar
50g caster sugar
125g dark chocolate, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract or paste
1 egg or egg replacer
150g flour
30g cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
350g chocolate chips

Preheat the oven at 325F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Mix the dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt) in a separate bowl and keep to one side for now.

Mix the butter with the brown and white sugars until creamy.  Add the melted chocolate and mix well.  Crack in the egg or egg replacer and add the vanilla.  Stir until well combined.

Mix in the dry ingredients a little at a time.  Once completely incorporated, stir in the chocolate chips by hand.

Scoop out the cookie dough onto the trays with either an ice-cream scoop or two spoons.  I spooned out six cookies per sheet and baked one tray at a time for approximately 12 minutes.  Do keep an eye, as Nigella states 18 minutes in her recipe but her cookies were a bit bigger.

Let the cookies cool a bit on their trays before setting them on the wire racks.  These cookies seem very soft at first but set as they cool.

Enjoy!

Jacqueline