Choc Chip Cookies
125g/4oz/½ cup butter, softened, plus extra to grease
125g/4oz/½ cup caster (superfine) sugar
1 medium (US large) egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
225g/8oz/2¼ cups plain (all-purpose) flour
½ tsp baking powder
125g/4oz plain (semisweet) chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), cut into chunks
125g/4oz milk chocolate, cut into chunks
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Lightly butter two baking sheets.
2 Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence. Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix well. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
3 Drop dessert spoonfuls of the mixture on to the prepared baking sheets. Space them out to allow room for them to spread. Flatten slightly with the back of a fork.
4 Bake in the oven for 12–15 minutes until risen and golden brown, but still quite soft.
5 Leave on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack and set aside until cool. Store in an airtight tin.