One of the challenges I face with two house bound sickies is keeping them amused whilst they have some quiet time. I guess making chocolate chip cookies isn't probably the best idea, but hey, it's fun and it ticks a few boxes for me. Fun activity - tick, make snack - tick, late night treat for overwrought mama - tick. We used a great recipe from Bill Granger and I'm sure Bill won't mind if I share it with you. It makes quite a dry mix so the children can make dough balls with their hands and place onto the baking tray, so they can work on those fine motor skills and eat the raw mix, cool huh? They flatten out during cooking and make these giant size biscuits, although *cough* these are a teensy bit larger than Bill suggests. But they are fun and it means I met at least one challenge today - tick!
Bill Granger's Chocolate Chip Cookies
125g unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups tightly packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 180 . Place butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and creamy. Add vanilla and egg and stir to combine. Stir in the sifted flour, baking powder and salt until just combined. Fold through chocolate chips.
Place spoonfuls of cookie mixture on a greased and lined baking tray, allowing room for spreading. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until they turn pale gold. Allow to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before placing biscuits on a wire rack to cool further.