olive’s cookery writer Adam says… “Name someone who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies. It can’t be done! For me, whether they’re homemade or swiped from the help-yourself broken biscuit basket at Millie’s, I can’t get enough of these chocolate-studded crowd pleasers. There’s nothing fancy about a cookie – just a sweet, crisp outside and soft, chewy middle. Here’s how to get your cookies right, every time.”
Perfect your cookies with our expert tips and tricks:
- Chilling the dough balls before baking means that they’ll cook and spread more slowly in the oven – so the centre of the cookie will remain chewy.
- Chopped chocolate (as opposed to the traditional chips) results in delicious chocolate puddles in the cookies.
- Pushing the largest chocolate pieces into your dough just before baking will keep the chocolate molten on the surface.
It’s important to get lots of air into the mixture. When butter and sugar are whisked together, their structures change and allow more air in. It’s an essential step for light, fluffy cookies.
Using two types of sugar may seem unnecessary but they bring different qualities to the cookies. Brown sugar adds a molasses flavour and fudgy texture to the cookie’s centre, while the caster sugar ensures a crisp exterior by giving structure to the dough.
This recipe also calls for two types of flour. Plain flour gives a shorter texture (which means a crisp exterior), while the strong white bread flour adds extra gluten to the dough, ensuring a lovely, chewy middle.