The perfect Valentine’s gift: chocolate chip cookies~

Another pretty interesting story behind this recipe (which makes the recipe all the more interesting and meaningful!) 😀 Again, it’s another recipe I picked off whatoliviadid – most of the first few recipes I used originated from the few recipes on her blog. In fact, I haven’t actually baked much using recipes out of her blog yet, but you can’t blame me! The recipes are really easy and fuss-free (unlike some of the recipes I sourced out on foodbuzz!) and the blogger is just so adorable haha!

Well, this was the first cookie recipe I tried out and also another recipe that saw fruition in a friend’s home. Three of us had gathered to make Valentine’s Day gifts together (I remember chocolate ganache coins and Nutella cupcakes were the other things they made) and these chocolate chip cookies was what I brought to the table. Baking is fun on its own, but honestly, baking with friends is even more awesome. 😀

The first Valentine’s Day for which I actually gave away gifts (because it was the last Valentine’s Day in my current school, aww) – definitely an awesome association with an equally brilliant recipe, heh.

Ingredients:
– 350g unsifted flour
– 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
– 1 teaspoon of salt
– 225g butter
– 175g caster sugar
– 175g soft brown sugar
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 2 eggs
– 350g dark chocolate crumbled (can be changed for other extras of your choice: raisins, nuts, maybe even toffee?)

1. Preheat the oven to 190C!

2. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

3. In another bowl, combine the caster & brown sugar, butter and vanilla extract until well mixed and smooth.

4. Beat in the eggs, and gradually add the flour mixture.

5. Add your crumbled chocolate and stir until even and well mixed!

6. Now, you can either wrap the dough in cling film and store in the fridge (until you are ready to cook) or bake straight away. The recipe suggests ‘rolling the dough into sausage shapes and then cutting the log into slices, widely spaced apart on your baking tray.’ However, due to the fact I had recently invested in a bad-ass cookie cutter I spread it out like so to make perfect cutting material!

7. Bake for 9-12 minutes (or until crisp).

8. Cut into your amazing shapes (optional) and serve! (Don’t waste the edges too!)

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