On Sunday, after all the excitements and energy expenditure of the previous day, I was very glad to have a quiet day pottering around at home in my pyjamas. And part of my pyjama-pottering consisted of a spot of baking :: a cookie recipe that I've not made before. Now I am trying to remain calm here, but let me tell you, I am very excited about this recipe. Cos it is the absolute bees-knees. YES it jolly well is!! I tried it again this morning, you know, just to be sure, and Oh. My. Goodness. I was transported to Cookie-heaven.
Do you remember me telling you about my discovery of the perfect carrot cake recipe back in October? Remember the absolute delight and excitement that recipe generated? Well this is more of that. More delight, more excitement, more mmmmmmmmmmmmm. This, to me, is one Perfect cookie recipe. Simple ingredients, easy to make, and the resulting cookies are so utterly, deliciously scrumptious that one can hardly believe ones luck.
So...please do give this a go any time soon. You and your family will thank me wholeheartedly.
Heat oven :: 180C / 350F / Gas 4
Into a bowl ::
75g soft light brown sugar
I think the technical phrase here is "cream together"? Yeah, thats it, get jiggy with a big wooden spoon (or a turquoise silicone one in my case) and beat it all up till it's smooth, light and fluffy.
Into the bowl ::
2tbs golden syrup
175g self raising flour
100g chocolate chips (my preference is plain chocolate chips)
Mix well until you form a stiffy mixture.
Line a tray with baking parchment/greaseproof paper, then using your fingers, scoop up small balls of the cookie mixture and plop onto the baking sheet. You don't need to flatten them or shape them, they only need to be in lumps, but spread well apart :: you should be able to get 18.
Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. And NO LONGER!! They should be just turning very lightly golden, and will be very, very soft to the touch. They almost look like they are not cooked, but trust me, do not cook them for a moment longer.
Using a spatula/slice, remove them immediately from the baking tray (go careful because they will be very soft and quite delicate), and place them on a wire rack to cool. As they cool they will begin to harden slightly, but will retain that oh-so-good softness inside. You know, that light chewyness that is soooo good about cookies. That melt-in-the-mouth scrumptiousness that makes one moan out loud with pleasure.
These cookies are so very very good. They need to be eaten with love and abandon. Make yourself a mug of something nice to drink, take a warm cookie (or two) off the cooling rack as you leave the kitchen (no need for a plate) and go nestle yourself into the snuggliest, cosiest little bit of your home.
And enjoy The Moment.
Edited to add :: I've been asked by a couple of you about golden syrup which it seems is a very British ingredient. If you are in the US, I think the closest substitute would be corn syrup. Happy baking!