Basic cookie recipe
My cookie recipe (h/t Rueter family, with fond memories of London afternoons!).
So, for the curious amongst us, here’s my cookie recipe (which I love to bits, because it’s not too sweet). Beware, the quantities involved are astronomical. This easily makes 30-40 cookies; my usual batch size is perhaps half of this.
- 180g butter
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1.5 tsp baking soda (about 5g)
- 2 eggs
- 1.5 teaspoon salt
- 0.75 cups chopped nuts (90g)
- 0.75 cup oats
- 1.5 cups chocolate chips (100g)
- Preheat oven to 175°C.
- Melt the butter, and wait for it to cool. Meanwhile, chop up what needs to be chopped for the garnish, into parts as small as you like.
- Mix all the ingredients for the dough, and then fold in the garnish elements. Mix thoroughly.
- Fill a bowl with water, and keep it handy, along with a fork. On a metal plate, put small-sized balls of dough (a handful), and then use the fork, dipped in water, to crush them into flat shapes.
- Put into the oven, leave for around 15 minutes. The cookies should be golden but still moist. Take out of the oven, put them on a drying rack, and start again until the dough runs out.
This is very easy to adapt for variants. The cookies I made for Eastercon, which are the ones pictured above, were made by replacing the chocolate chips by 100g chocolate, which I melted with the butter. You can also vary the garnish, of course: I've used raisins, berries, other nuts, peeled and candied oranges... Whatever you feel like. I usually replace in equal volumes, so about 3 cups of garnish all in all, but your mileage might vary.
I do like to keep the oats because it keeps the cookies crunchy, but they're not compulsory either.
And now I'll leave you, as I'm about to try a dangerous cooking experiment--namely, replicating something I once ate in a restaurant...