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

  • Freezable

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

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

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  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 (150)

h4ppyjules's picture

Maybe it is just me, but I struggle to get this right. I make the cookies according to the recipe apart from reducing the sugar a little and increasing the flour (by the same amount) but they always seem to come out a bit dry and flat. Any ideas of how to resolve this?

Norma. mackey's picture

Very easy to make - my 10 and 7 year old made a batch of these tonight with just the tiniest bit of background supervision!

sugarbee's picture

My partner is lactose intolerant so substituted the butter with Bertolli olive oil spread, and only had caster sugar so used that instead of the light brown and granulated mix. I had 3 small bars of Bournville chocolate which I roughly chopped and added 10 diced Maraschino cherries (well drained) and the result, when baked for just 8 minutes, was perfectly gooey in the middle & utterly scrumptious! Thank you Valerie for a fab recipe that I'll definitely bake again x

penelopevs's picture

Good, but I prefer them with less chocolate chips, and next time I'll put a little less flour and avoid using the fan-oven, so they spread out better.

pallerto's picture

Just made these, my husband said they were the best ever! I will never bake another chocolate chip cookie but these.

Smudge1969's picture

Just made these, my boys love them, will be making them again for sure xx

Angel Baking Queen's picture

Made these this afternoon basically because I fancied a cookie! I read all the comments below and I really can't follow why people seem to mess around with the recipe so much. Yes they are sweet - they are a cookie! Delicious and would definitely make again. Easy and quick

Brookella's picture

Made these this morning, fully approved by my husband, grandchildren here later so watch this space. I changed the salted butter for unsalted and used 40gm castor sugar and 120 gm of soft brown and a extra egg yolk. For a easy bake cookie this one is great no chilling for twelve hours, just make and bake and eat Awesome

Class66's picture

Would lower Sugar and add small egg..Mixture was dryish ,but still turned out ok ,if a bit sweeter than I liked .Family scoffed them though..

pocawoka's picture

So quick to whip up! Halved the recipe and had 15 decent sized cookies. Very tasty. Will definitely be making these again :)

Lfrly's picture

These are Amazing! Very simple and tasty - will definitely make again!

summer_girl88's picture

Lovely recipe - it's now my go-to for cookies!! I have a fan oven, so I keep the cooking time to 8 minutes to ensure I get that squidgy middle. They are quite sweet, so you can reduce the amount of sugar and you won't notice the difference.

rahma_patel's picture

These were not good at all! They took ages in the oven and were too sweet even though I added less sugar to start with! Am really disappointed as the burned on the outside and were uncooked in the middle, will not be using again!

floradora93's picture

This is my go to cookie recipe . Can be easily adapted to be suitable for vegans .
Just replace the chocolate for vegan chocolate , the eggs with egg replacer , and the butter with sunflower spread . No one can tell the difference if they were vegan or not .

charliejohn1's picture

We made these tonight! We used SR flour, unsalted butter and added dairy milk Oreo (150g) Baked for 14 minutes as recommended by others who have tried them and they were perfect! Absolute success - Will most definitely be making more!

Tracey S13's picture

These were really easy to make & turned out lovely!

mariabudgen's picture

Nice simple recipe. I noted the various comments about reducing/changing sugar/salt, sandiness etc, but decided to stick with original recipe for my first attempt, and had no issues and wouldn't change anything next time. Made 3 trays worth of cookies, putting a tray in the oven at a time. I split the basic recipe and put plain choc chips in one half, and chopped cherry and white choc chips in the other, which were my favourite. Only thing I had an issue with was making them nice and evenly rounded despite best efforts - they were certainly home made looking. Ended up eating rather too many!

kateculley's picture

Too salty. Followed the recipe using salted butter and 1/4 teaspoon salt and strongly suggest not adding salt at all. Yuck.

louisefraser03's picture

Thanks for this wonderful recipe! I halved the granulated sugar and instead used soft brown sugar, as I am not too keen on really sweet things. This recipe is really easy, I would recommend this to anyone!

Hououin Kyouma's picture

Just to make sure, as I'm not too keen on really sweet things either. So did you use 40g granulated sugar and 120g soft brown or just 40g granulated and 80 soft brown?


Questions (5)

megskate's picture

Just made these, and whilst they were very nice, they came out quite soft and cake-y. From reading the comments, I was expecting something more chewy and gooey... Any idea's for where I might be going wrong?

goodfoodteam's picture

American style cookies can sometimes have a bit of a cakey texture if they are not cooked for quite long enough, or too much air was created in the mixture when creaming the butter or if too much flour was added. Hope this helps, let us know how you get on if you try to make them again. 

EllyVuorelly's picture

Hi i made these last week and when i cooked them they practically melted and went really thin, tasted grates but were too soft and crumbled... Is this too much butter?
How can i make them still solid and keep a cookie shape but still be chewy?

chris39's picture

Can I replace both 80g light brown muscovado sugar and 80g granulated sugar with 160g of light brown sugar instead since I dont have muscovado sugar??? :)

theteenagechef's picture

Hey there Chris39, just thought I'd say that I just made the cookies yesterday using Light Brown Sugar instead of Muscovado Sugar, and they turned out great! So I think it's fine to replace all the sugar to light brown sugar. To be honest you can almost adapt this in many ways - crunchier, gooeyer, more cake-like. I'll just say that the ones I made turned out less gooey than I had expected, but that's either because not enough egg or due to the sugar difference.
Hope this helps!

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