Friday, 27 April 2012

Baking challenge #8: Mary Berry's chocolate chip cookies

Mary Berry's chocolate chip cookies, as baked by EJ

The chocolate chip cookie has to be a universal favourite, I always think it's quite a safe choice as a general crowd pleaser- even the fussiest of eaters usually can't resist a chocolate chip biscuit, especially one that's still warm from the oven.

Mary Berry's chocolate chip cookies are very traditional American style cookies. While the recipe intro describes them as 'slightly chewy', my attempt turned out to be a slightly more crispy cookie - but still delicious. As with all of Mary Berry's recipes, this one was very easy to follow and actually very quick to prepare, the longest process was batch baking the cookies, each tray taking about 10 minutes to turn golden.

Keep an eye on the cookies as they bake, as MB points out, they do change colour very quickly. I'm not sure if mine were crispy instead of chewy because they were slightly over-cooked, but they were more golden toned than brown and I did follow the recipe very closely- so it's a mystery to me!

Despite the chewy / crispy debate, I would definitely make these again. Berry suggests chopping up a bar of orange chocolate  to include instead of chocolate chips for a more grown-up twist on the traditional chocolate chip cookie, sounds good to me!

Have you made great chocolate chip cookies recently? Where did you find your recipe?

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