choc chip cookies

Anyone else more sad than they probably should be that the Great British Bake Off has now finished? Man, I love that show. We threw a little viewing party on Wednesday night and invited round lots of people that we’ve not managed to properly catch up with since being back. We managed to cram about twenty people into our little lounge room to watch the final, which is pretty good going! I asked everybody to bring baked goods of some sort, and they did not disappoint. There was a lot of sugar on that one table. We played Bake Off bingo, had our own star baker award for the evening, and the boys managed to get their home-brewed beer out to a larger (and slightly more impressed) audience! So really, we were all winners 😉

Clockwise from top right: Joe and Albert’s chocolate chip shortbread, Sam’s (Granny Crocker’s) red velvet cake, Tom’s
coconut macaroons, Kane’s chocolate and orange marble cake, Cúshla’s choc chip and marshmallow cookies
and Alice’s cookie monster cupcakes

Our winner! My housemate Dan’s toffee apple cake

It was a lovely evening, and I hope that the photos do it justice.

The oven was on for about six hours as my housemates (myself included) frantically tried to bake our offerings for the evening. I was more than a bit happy that they were all baking 😛 My entry for the evening were these chocolate chip cookies – or to give them their full, regal title: Cake-batter-chocolate-chip-sprinkle-cookies. God, that’s a mouthful. The really nice thing about these (and I guess, cookies in general, but I’m no expert) is that I could make the dough on Tuesday night, freeze it, and then just slice it up and bake the cookies on Wednesday. The recipe made so much that I have another stick of dough in the freezer, ready for a rainy day.

The ‘cake batter’ element of these comes from a vanilla sponge packet mix. You might be a little sceptical – don’t be. The baked cookies really reminded me of Millies’ cookies, if you’ve had those. They tasted a little more professional, I guess? I don’t know if that’s the right word, it’s a difficult thing to describe! They’re loaded with chocolate chips and sprinkles; made with brown sugar so they’re chewy and sweet. Definitely a winner in my eyes 🙂

Original recipe here – it’s well worth a read, Sally has lots of good advice for baking cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 160g plain flour
  • 190g vanilla sponge cake packet mix {I used a Sainsbury’s Basics one}
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 0.5 tsp baking powder
  • 170g butter, at room temp.
  • 180g chocolate chips {I used a mixture of white and milk chocolate}
  • 50g sprinkles

Method:

Measure out the flour, sponge mix and baking powder and sieve them together.
In a big mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined and smooth. 
Add the flour mixture and stir through with a spoon, then beat on a low speed ’til all combined. The dough will be very sticky, that’s fine! Mix in the choc chips and sprinkles.

Spoon about a third of the dough into the middle of a A4-sized piece of cling film, then roll it tightly into a sausage shape, twisting the ends. Repeat until you’ve wrapped all of the dough. Chill for a few hours, or freeze.

Get the frozen dough out of the freezer a couple of hours or so before baking, and put it into the fridge.

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C – our oven actually worked at this temperature! I think it was because it had been on for so long… Line a couple of baking trays with greaseproof paper and cut the dough into little pieces. Transfer onto the trays and bake for 10-12 minutes (until the edges are golden).

Transfer baked cookies onto a wire rack to cool.

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