A sweet treat for anytime not just in your Pyjamas March 11 2014, 0 Comments

The Ultimate Chocolate-chip cookieWhat do you offer, if anything, for treats in school lunches, after school, for sleepovers or pyjama parties? After much soul searching and trying to find a snack that is delicious and can be considered a treat, I have found that homemade biscuits are a great hit. Even better, the ultimate chocolate chip cookie (or biscuit depending on which is your preference). At least I know the exact ingredients going into the biscuit, so I know exactly how I should 'ration' consumption of them but also I have found that cooking with the kids is a fun (albeit sometimes challenging) task as well as subtly educational. The kids are learning how to measure, count, read and where their food comes from. I am learning patience and how to cope with a bigger mess in the kitchen than normal. The end result is some fun mum and child time and food that is delicious and that the kids will happily eat (as well as the usual arguments over who gets to lick the beater). These biscuits are also fabulous for sleepovers, kids pyjama parties, or just with a cup of well deserved tea or coffee (adults of course)!

The Ultimate Chocolate-chip cookie

150g softened unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence (or extract)

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 3/4 cups plain flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

100g white chocolate cut into chunks (I use Aldi block chocolate)

200g milk chocolate cut into chunks ( I use Aldi block chocolate)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Beat sugar, vanilla and softened butter together until smooth, light and creamy. Beat in the lightly beaten egg. Stir in the sifted flour and baking powder. Then fold in the chunks of chocolate. Make sure mixed through well so you don't end up with any 'chocolate-less' cookies. Spoon about a normal spoonful of the mixture onto a nonstick baking tray or paper in a tray. Leave room for spreading of cookie as it cooks. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until browning on the edges. Cool for 2 minutes on tray before transferring to a wire rack. These are rich cookies so you don't need huge spoonfuls of mixture. If anything keep the spoonfuls a bit smaller than normal. I have varied the recipe slightly and added a few extra comments from those of the original recipe as taken from Marie Claire Style by Jody Vassallo.