Vintage chocolate chip cookies

Vintage chocolate chip cookies

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
(92 ratings)


Magazine subscription – 3 issues for £3

Cooking time

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level



Makes 30

A retro recipe for chocolate-studded biscuits with a soft squidgy middle - make plenty as they're guaranteed to be a hit!

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per cookie



  • 150g salted butter, softened
  • 80g light brown muscovado sugar
  • 80g granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 225g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g plain chocolate chips or chunks

Compare prices

Want to see what this recipe costs at different supermarkets? Compare in one place here:


  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line two baking trays with non-stick baking paper.
  2. Put the butter and sugars into a bowl and beat until creamy. Beat in the vanilla extract and egg. Sieve the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt over the mixture and mix in with a wooden spoon. Add the chocolate chips and stir well.
  3. Using a teaspoon, place small mounds of the mixture well apart on the baking trays. Bake in the oven for 8–10 mins until light brown on the edges and still slightly soft in the centre.
  4. Leave on the tray for a couple of minutes to firm up and then transfer to a cooling rack.

Recipe from, July 2012

Ads by Google

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.


Show comments
Lwpeach's picture

I use white chocolate and demerera sugar instead and they come out absolutely delicious!

kerryrontree35's picture

Fantastic recipe, so easy and oh my days are these good!!

wazz's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I`m new to baking (a man you see) and this was my first try. I made half a batch using a levelled 4cm cake scoop which made 14 good sized cookies. The trouble is I only had 8 left after 20 minutes. They are a serious temptation!!!

Humi N's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I chose to melt the butter instead of creaming it, and reduced granulated sugar to 40 grams, and the dough turned out a bit wet.
But after refrigerated for about 1 hour it's quite easy to work with and didn't stick at all.
then I shaped each piece into a ball using a scoop so the cookies wouldn't end up flat.
I have to say these cookies are way delicious than I thought would be.
crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and looks beautiful too.
these cookies are dangerous......

darceybrown's picture

This is really delicious and I'm sure I will bake these again if my mum
lets me!

Jelly Bean's picture

Lovely Recipe! I used splenda instead of granulated sugar so they were less sugary and they were v.tasty :-)

Cooking Freak's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I love this recipe, they're just right crisp on the outside and soft and chewy in the middle. I stuck to the recipe completely the only difference was I used 3 trays so that the biscuits were well spaced apart. I must say they taste as good as sainsburys cookies you get from their bakery!

lickandspoon's picture

I was a little disappointed with this recipe. It produced rather cakey cookies, not as good as some of the other recipes I tried. I replaced half the flour with wholemeal flour, and the dark chocolate chips in half the cookies with white chocolate chips and cranberries. I got about 24 decently sized cookies out of the dough. They do spread a fair amount, so make sure you leave a big gap between the cookies on the baking tray. Not sure I'd make these again.

kathleenanderson's picture

Maybe if you hadn't substituted so many ingredients you wouldn't have been disappointed?

gemini259's picture

Super yummy straight from the oven and just as good if you choose to freeze them in batches like I did. Watch the spread as they really grow in size!

SamoodleDoodle's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

I was feeling a change from my usual sweet-tooth fix of Nigella Lawson's Everyday Brownies and came across these, I LOVE THEM. Oh my gosh, it took so much self-control not to munch them all as they came out warm from the oven. Everyone loved them, barely lasted a day but so worth the arm work (I don't own an electric mixer so did it all by hand)!

gateau-au-chocolat's picture

Oh my goodness, these are to die for! I didn't think chocolate chip cookies could taste so good until I made these. The kids devoured them in what seemed like 5 mins!! Will definitely be making these again.

Catriona2305's picture

So yummy! But I added 50g more flour to make them a bit more doughy and 100g of milk chocolate chips to make them even more chocolatey. I also put the. In the freezer to cool them down sot hey wouldn't melt so much when they were cooked - worked a treat

singingkoala's picture
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Makes lovely cookies. I used them as Christmas presents and they went down a storm! Would highly recommend this recipe.

I used a fan oven (on 170C) , however and I had to bake them for around 14 minutes instead of the suggested time of 8-10 minutes.
I also agree with previous comments - 150g of chocolate chips are enough.

nafiso11's picture

it took 27 minutes 4 me

jojocook03's picture

These were surprisingly good. I've tried other cookie recipes and always been disappointed but these tasted great and were lovely and chewy. I agree with previous comment they didn't spread out as much as I thought so the next batch I squashed flat a bit. I only used about 150g chocolate drops and that was enough.

kgt553's picture

Amazing! A bit too good really, I ate six and made myself feel sick (in a good way)!

They do spread quite a lot so make sure you space them out on the baking tray. They might not seem cooked when you take them out, but they'll cool and be cooked but squidgy :D

NattyCaramel's picture

These are absolutley great! They are amazing, and I love also how they are such a rough, rocky shape!!!

ambr's picture

Found the dough ended up very firm and so benefited from being flattened out a bit on the tray. Cooked in two batches to see how it went. The first batch were placed as blobs of dough and they did not spread as much as they should and so ended up a bit out of proportion - too high in middle and not very wide. Easy to over cook them. Next batch much better (looked more like a cookie and had only 8 mins). Only used 150g of chocolate (broken up bar not chips) and so would not get as many cookies as the recipe but only got 23. Even with 200g not sure how one would get 30 cookies. Reckon chocolate chips would give better mix of chocolate in the dough.

faypeacock's picture

These are very easy to do. They look great and have a nice texture but I think the bicarbonate of soda gives them a strange metallic taste. I won't bother making these again. My advice: either spend some time and make proper American cookies a la Joy the Baker or if you really need quick and easy but not quite proper American cookies, use the 'Quick Cookies' reader recipe on here.