The ultimate makeover: Chocolate chip cookies

The ultimate makeover: Chocolate chip cookies

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Cooking time

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 12 mins Plus cooling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Makes 22

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

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
97
protein
1g
carbs
12g
fat
5g
saturates
3g
fibre
1g
sugar
6g
salt
0.12g

Ingredients

  • 85g butter
  • 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
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 140g plain flour
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, September 2010

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

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

october35's picture
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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