Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Choc chip cookies.

These chocolate chip cookies started out as an adaptation of an American recipe I discovered many years ago (hence why I always call these “cookies” but everything else “biscuits”) but was the first recipe that I changed dramatically multiple times to suit my own tastes. I suppose it was the first recipe that I created – the first where I just went with my gut feeling. You always remember your first.

Can I share a secret with you? I never really used to like cooking. When I first moved out of home it was a chore that needed doing just like cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming and killing cockroaches with my bare hands (I was living in a very old and dilapidated apartment block at the time – perhaps that’s a story for another day?).

Over time, I came to love cooking and began creating my own recipes.

But baking is a different story. Baking is in my genes I think. Some of my earliest memories are of my mother standing in our bright orange 1970s kitchen baking jam tarts, apple pies or cream puffs. Even when I moved out of home and hated the thought of cooking a meal, baking a tray of brownies or biscuits was always something I enjoyed doing. Perhaps the precise measuring of butter and sugar and flour appealed to my inner nerd?

Chocolate Chip Cookies

{Makes about 36 cookies}


  • 150g butter
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tspn vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups self-raising flour
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • 125g milk chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Use a mixer to cream together the butter, sugars and vanilla.
  3. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the flour and salt.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  6. Roll the mixture into small balls and flatten slightly between your palms, then place on the baking trays – be sure to leave room for them to spread a little.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  8. Remove from trays and place on a wire rack to cool.

Stored in an air-tight container, these cookies will keep fresh for 5-6 days.

Do you prefer baking over cooking?

  • iamevilcupcake

    I’m a much better cook than I am baker, which frustrates me no end. I’m going to make these tomorrow though because I freaking LOVE chocolate chip cookies with a cuppa.

    Om nom nom nom. I’ll Instagram pics when I’m done.

    • Sally

      Make sure you tag me in them. :)