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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. 


  1. i was just looking at yr photos on flicker, and now you'e posted again! those photos are really gorgeous michelle. you have such a good eye....hope the kids get better soon...

  2. i'll have to share the chewy chocolate cookie recipe i made last night. completely decadent and perhaps not all the great for the kids - much better for the muma and the dada

  3. those cookies look good! I will have to give them a go. thanks.

  4. oh yum!
    thanks for the recipe,
    looks like the perfect cure for an overtired teacher too!
    x ashley

  5. Hi Michelle-Love those homemade biccys!
    Made a pact with chilluns never to ever buy them from the shops againas homemade are ALWAYS better.
    And like a new years resolution I've sadly not been able to keep.

  6. One of my favourite recipes ever. We make these all the time too. YUM!

  7. They look delicious! I'm storing that recipe for future baking. Thank you. Lovely pictures too....hope they are feeling better now.

  8. Those look delicious - thanks for the recipe! Who can say no to a cookie as big as your face? :)

  9. I do love a food that is the size of my head and the fact it is cookies makes it even better

  10. These look so good, for a late night snack sounds even better! That series of photographs is beautiful.

  11. WOW, those are some BIG cookie4s! Yum yum.