The ultimate makeover: Chocolate chip cookies

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(33 ratings)

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)

chris_scott1530's picture

Probably the best biscuits I've ever made, and I'm a regular biscuit maker - my young daughter and I usually whip up a batch on Monday afternoons together. Gorgeously light texture, slightly crispy yet soft in the middle, and not too much sugar so not as cloying as traditional cookie recipes. You wouldn't know there was coffee in there but it does add a little something subtle to the flavour. Absolutely superb!

sarah_25's picture

Really easy to make! And they came out looking like the picture! Only two faults and they were both my own! Firstly, I didn't press them down flat enough so they are still quite round and thick. And secondly, I used 83% dark chocolate and it's just a bit too bitter! Therefore, I think WHEN I make them again I will use a less percentage of cocoa. Really tasty and really easy though! Will definitely be making them again and may even try wrapping them up and giving them away as gifts!

verschoyle's picture

I'm hit or miss when it comes to baking biscuits and cookies, I sometimes turn fine ingredients into inedible mounds of manure with the consistency of concrete - These however, turned out lovely, am very happy with the recipe, t'would seem it's rather foolproof :-)

jaqattak's picture

these were so easy to make, was a bit worried about stickiness comments below, but we had no problems. Absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again . Kids loved them and didn't realise that they were "light"!

skyebird's picture

These are excellent. I will be making them again. I had no problem at all shaping the cookies. The mixture firmed up nicely after just 10 min in a cold porch. I need to practice getting them smaller though. I only got 18 so they were a little more calorific!

blulou's picture

Irrelevant but after this being about the 4th recipe I've looked at with the same weight of choc, what exactly are we supposed to do with the extra 15g leftover from the bar? As I dont want to end up eating it, defeats the object of making lower fat cookies, I'll just add it to the top of these. Same with ult choc mousse, I ended up just adding it to the mix.

missn1's picture

these cookies get the thumbs up. I left out the coffee and they were a hit. Will definately try again

mdownham's picture

Unfortunatly, I only got 12 little cookies out of my mix. The cookies were very good, but there wern't enough.

october35's picture

Tasty cookies but far too sticky to roll into balls even after a spell in the freezer. Using a spoon resulted in wonky but still scrummy cookies.

mopsy57's picture

Have made these twice for different occasions (afternoon tea and a sporting event) and they went down well. Found mix too sticky to handle even after resting, but spoonfulls seem to work just as well.

sjhughes76's picture

These have been a big hit in our house. If you want to make them less bitter you could use chocolate buttons or smarties to decorate instead of the additional dark chocolate. They are brilliant if you're WeightWatching because they only work out as 2 points per cookie!

muffinman's picture

These were a big hit!! Very easy to make,even when assisted by my 4 year old daughter! Was worried the mixture would be too sticky to handle,but was pleasantly surprised-they handled easily. I too couldn't taste the coffee. Will definitely be making these again-i don't feel too naughty having a treat and great for the kids lunch boxes!!

magarentse's picture

Wonderful! Easy, tasty and even looked good with no extra effort on my part!

zigrange's picture

Found these really easy to make. Couldn't taste coffee in them (must depend on which type is used) so the children loved them. Dough was little bit sticky to roll but floured hand work well.

twedds84's picture

Not overly impressed with this recipe. The coffee and dark chocolate made these cookies too bitter. Easy to make but the dough did not become firm after resting and I couldn't roll into balls.
Next time i'll try another recipe.

sianlennon's picture

Angela Nilsen is a genius! No need to make other chocolate chip cookies now, these are lovely, I've made a few batches now and everyone loves them. I usually have all the ingredients to hand as well, so they are great to whip up when you have a few minutes spare.


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