The ultimate makeover: Chocolate chip cookies

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus cooling


Makes 22

Angela Nilsen has created a lighter, yet still chocolatey cookie with just 97 calories per biscuit

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal97
  • fat5g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs12g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre1g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.12g
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  • 85g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp instant coffee granules
  • 85g light muscovado sugar
  • 25g golden granulated sugar
  • 85g dark chocolate, about 70% cocoa solids (we used Lindt as it keeps its shape when baked)
  • 1 medium egg, beaten



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 140g 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-…


  1. Line a couple of baking sheets with baking parchment. Put the butter, cocoa and coffee in a medium saucepan then heat gently until the butter has melted. Remove from the heat, stir in both the sugars, then leave to cool.

  2. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. Beat the egg and vanilla into the cooled butter mix to make a smooth batter. Stir the flour and bicarbarbonate of soda together. Tip it into the batter mixture with two-thirds of the chocolate, then gently stir together to combine. Don’t overmix. Leave for 10-15 mins to firm up slightly, ready for shaping. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

  3. Using your hands, shape the mixture into 22 small balls. Lay them on the lined sheets, well apart so they have room to spread (you may have to bake in batches). Press the rest of the chocolate pieces on top of each cookie. Can be frozen on sheets and then transferred to bags at this stage for up to 1 month. Bake for 12 mins. Leave on the sheets for a couple of mins, then transfer to a cooling rack.

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Comments (37)

thea_mcintosh's picture

These taste chemically with no depth of flavour....should there be baking powder too?

olwen_silver's picture

I'm usually terrible at biscuits but following some feedback on here about how easy these are I thought I'd give it a go! These came out perfectly! The only thing I changed was that I used half dark and half milk chocolate. There were so easy and are delicious, will definitely make again. I used a strong instant coffee and the biscuits have a lovely mild coffee flavour.

Peri_Peri's picture

Made mine triple chocolate (1/3 milk, 1/3 dark, 1/ 3 white) and skipped the vanilla (forgot to buy), yumminess.
One could add more chocolate to the dough, I don't think that 2/3 of 85 g is enough, and little bit of salt might make this even better.

The dough was barely firm enough to form into balls by hand, despite leaving it to rest on chilly windowsill for closer to 30 minutes after mixing and between batches.

Regardless nice, easy and relatively quick recipe with tasty results. Will bake again.

prescottsusan's picture

I was looking for a quick and easy biscuit recipe. This was just what I was looking for.quick and very easy to make. Made about 30. I have made them several times. They go down a treat.

kingkong01's picture

I didn't find this recipe very good because the mixture was too runny to shape and the mixture only made 15 not 22.
On the other hand they were very tasty.

janjan87's picture

Tasted lovely, easy to make and came out beautifully. These didn't last long at all! Will make them again and again, maybe try them with some decent milk and white chocolate next time(s)! Yummy!

yogitarathod's picture

everyone in my house cant get enough of it!

rizzle363's picture

scrummy and light, changed it a bit to 65g dark choc chips and 25g sultanas which was extra healthy and still lovely!

kasiakoczwara's picture

Totally fantastic! Used 100g milk chocolate chips and mixed them all into batter. Big hit with kids! Made them twice in 3 days...

snoodette's picture

Really simple to make and taste lovely, nicely balanced, the coffee and dark chocolate don't make it too bitter but make it very satisfying.

monikaechelon's picture

Just made them and everybody seems to love them. Rich, but not too sweet.
However, I used 1/2 of a vanilla pod instead of vanilla essence as I did not have any. Also, I did not use the sugars, instead I used a pack of vanilla sugar and added more cocoa powder.

littlepinkdynamite's picture

These are gorgeous, Wow, I will be making these cookies over and over again. I did make a few changes though I have to say, I used a bag of chocolate chips because honestly I feel life is too short to chop up chocolate into tiny bits and I din't have any light muscovado sugar in the cupboard so I used dark instead which gave the cookies a beautiful treacle like taste and made them really sticky and gooey but did make the mixture even harder to work with when shaping it out. Best tip I can give is to handle the mixture using wet hands, this will help you mould it into balls a little easier!! 10 out of 10 though.

zanetta1's picture

love these cookies so chocolatey i added some marshmellows to the mixture the second time i made it which added a lovley texture

alevstoller's picture

theese cookies are fab!
me and my 6 year old made theese on a rainy afternoon and we didn't have any dark chocolate so instead we used Green and Black's organic 32% milk chocolate and they were delicious, chcolate holds it's shape too. Had no problem with stickyness, managed to get out 22 cookies that the size of a thinner cadbury cholote chip cookie.

risingcake's picture

I thought they were lovely, but not really enough mixture to make 22, unless you make them teeny weeny, i like a biscuit to be a decent size. None the less rolled them in my hand which i thought would be very messy but was fine, will definitely make them again, and if they are only 2 weight watcher points that's even better . Haven't changed any ingredients this time but will try it will white choc as well next time . P.S did get 18 biscuits

picklemctickle's picture

Easy to make. Turned out lovely, despite 3 year old helping.
Ate them all before they were cold!

soraya's picture

The cookies did not look great, never mind, but also did not taste great. And become soft very quickly, no crunch in them. I will never do this recipe again. I feel I have wasted a good bar of chocolate, 70% cacao solid from Lindt.

millyw08's picture

I didn't have any vanilla essence, so I used orange. Also they were quite sticky so I spooned them on the tray, I didn't use my hands. All in all they are great!

_Ryan_'s picture

These look so yummy!!

brrroom's picture

I volunteered to do cookies for my daughter's class party tomorrow and decided to try this recipe. I was a little concerned when I read someone only got 12 cookies from the recipe, so I doubled up the ingredients (except for the coffee) and ended up with way over 50 light and crispy biscuits! Worried that they might be a little too bitter for 5-6 yos, I used 100g of chocolate with 40% milk solids and a wee bar that I had on hand, about 24g, of dark chocolate. The mixture was worryingly "wet", but firmed up a treat, and I used a teaspoon to scoop up a portion before I rolled it up with damp hands. My daughter and I decorated the cookies with M&Ms and sprinkles. Not sure how they'll go down with the rest of the kids, but my daughter declared them "the best biscuits I've ever had!".


Questions (2)

marinlld's picture

If i freeze uncooked biscuits , do i cook from frozen ir defrost then cook
How long will they last once cooked

goodfoodteam's picture

Yes you can bake these from frozen, allowing about 5 mins extra to the cooking time.

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