Vintage chocolate chip cookies

Vintage chocolate chip cookies

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 10 mins


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

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Nutrition: per cookie

  • kcal121
  • fat6.3g
  • saturates3.8g
  • carbs14.7g
  • sugars9.5g
  • fibre0.5g
  • protein1.3g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 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
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 200g plain chocolate chip or chunks


  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.

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Comments (170)

avarion's picture

Can't say I'm hugely impressed by this recipe. Having read other comments regarding the sugar content I decided to leave out the granulated sugar and used 115g light brown muscovado, while doubling the quantity of vanilla essence. The texture of the finished product is quite sandy, and though it isn't unpleasant it certainly wasn't what I was going for. For me this recipe would benefit from the addition of an extra egg yolk and melted butter instead of softened.

aparnaa842's picture

I didn't use any granulated sugar. Just used 133g of light brown muscovado sugar (why 133g? well I was just using up the last of the muscovado sugar!). It turns out this is the trick to getting doughy cookies. Deliciously doughy even after 10 mins in the oven, with a light crunch on the outside :-)

JHKLLZHARH's picture

I think these are great I did only use 30grams of granulated sugar and the rest light brown sugar

ChileGuajillo's picture

Brilliant recipe! Easy enough for a 7yr old to make on their own. Will cut back the sugar, as like the previous comments, they were just a bit too sweet!

nataliahj's picture

This cookies are AMAZING. Love them! :)

Annicam's picture

These are lovely but needed more than 8-10 minutes in the oven. I also think they're a tad too sweet (and I have a sweet tooth!) so I'd recommend using less sugar if you want to be able to eat more than one. Otherwise it's a pretty good recipe, simple and easy to follow.

rachel_r's picture

Lovely! They did turn out quite cake-like and not crunchy at all, but still very nice. I ran out of vanilla extract after 1 tsp so used 1 tsp of almond extract as well, which give them a nice flavour with only a hint of almond.

zaa1323's picture

Foolproof recipe - yummy cookies everybody loves, every time! I don't bother buying chocolate chips/chunks as it's cheaper to just buy a bar of chocolate and break it up into chunks yourself (although messier!). I find smallish balls work best to keep the cookies soft inside and crunchy outside, and flattening them slightly gives even sized cookies.

Sophie May Joan's picture

These are amazing. So easy to make!!! I added some chopped up pieces of "finger of fudge" into the mix with the chocolate chips, gives them a caramely flavour and silkiness!!! Yum, I will be making these again. Great recipe!!!

katies286's picture

These cookies came out lovely, very easy to make and they have a lovely gooey middle! I cut up a bar of Green & Blacks orange chocolate for the chocolate chunks and these work very well.

waraporn02's picture

Thank you for the good recipe. This is easy to make. I add more nut and reduce both of sugar. I also baked a bit longer to get crispy outside but inside still soft. Love it

Jennibenni's picture

Very easy to make yummy cookies. I didn't have vanilla extract so used almond extract instead and that worked really well.

aniayka's picture

Amazing recipe, the cookies are soft inside and crispy outside. Quick to make and delicious.

vcsdunne's picture

I made these using an electric mixer, so need for beating by hand. I also rolled the mixture into small balls by hand, and flattened them slightly,, which made neat little cookies. An excellent recipe.

stelaholder's picture

Very good recipe. Easy to make. Next time will add some chopped nuts

josiegrossy's picture

These are delish, used self raising flour and no Bicarb.
Made 37.
My only problem is that I cannot beat by hand with a wooden spoon (rheumatoid arthritis)so was really difficult and time consuming , any ideas greatfully recieved

taramc_a's picture

This cookies are simple and delicious! I have tried making cookies so many times and none of my own recipes have worked, but this recipe is great and all of my friends are now asking for it. I will definitely be making more of these cookies in the future!

littlelibby's picture

I've made these plenty of times now and everyone always LOVES them! Easy and delicious.

hazelmoreau's picture

My grandson said MMMM!!! 5 stars

hazelmoreau's picture

Beginning really easy. Easy ingredients. Dough tastes very good. They're in the oven at the moment.


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