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Friday Food: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chwy c c cookieDonna Hay’s 100th magazine is her last and so I baked the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies from this last issue today. It's an excellent recipe because I had all the ingredients. Yay! I didn’t need to buy anything, well I bought extra butter in case. 

My word, the cold butter and sugar gave my mixer a work out, so be prepared for a bumpy ride.

I was not quite sure how to divide up the batter, so made 2 tablespoon or, 40ml, sized pieces. In retrospect I should have tried 1 1/2 tablespoons instead, as the biscuits spread and took longer to bake. I added another 6 minutes, so 20 minutes in all. 

The recipe does not actually use chocolate chips, I used 300g of good eating chocolate chopped into about 1/4 of the size of each individual square. I used 200g of ordinary dark and 100g of 70% cocoa.

I broke a warm biscuit in half and the chocolate was oozy and unctuous. I tasted some of the less chocolaty parts and it was delicious. I didn’t add salt to the top, I might salt a few later as I only baked about half of the batter.

The cookies should keep for at least a week in an airtight container.

Farewell Donna Hay Magazine, I have enjoyed the baking from the very first issue till the very last.


Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies        Makes 20-24


  • 200g butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 175g light brown sugar
  • 220g caster sugar
  • 40ml milk
  • 1 tspn vanilla bean paste or extract
  • 1 egg
  • 300g plain flour
  • 1/4 tspn baking powder
  • 1/4 tspn bicarbonate or soda
  • 1/2 tspn table salt
  • 300g dark chocolate, chopped



Preheat the oven to 160*C and line two trays with baking paper.


Mix the butter and sugars on a low speed until just combined and then increase the speed to medium and cream for 8 minutes. The mixture will be light in colour and creamy. Scrape down the edges of the bowl to incorporate and outlying mixture.


Add the milk, egg and vanilla and beat for a further 2 minutes.


Add the dry ingredients and mix slowly until just combined.


Finally mix in the chocolate.


Make  1 1/2 tablespoon balls and place on the baking tray. The biscuits do spread so leave lots of room or they will be misshapen like a few of mine. Sprinkle evenly with salt.

Bake for 12-14 minutes, swapping and rotating the trays half way through. They are ready when they are golden brown. Leave on the tray for 5 minutes and then place on a rack until perfectly cold.

  Chewy choc chip cookies



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These look delish - I do like chocolate chip cookies.

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