Another week, another four gigs – and that means baking! I’ve gone off cupcakes a bit lately. It’s such a performance to make and ice them, and I’ve been really pushed for time.
I made another batch of choc chip cookies for the Shadow Orchestra gig on Tuesday (more of that later…), seeing as the ones I whipped up for our Favela Chic gig vanished in a matter of seconds.
This time I bunged in some mini fudge chunks that I spotted in Waitrose (God, I love that shop. I shall be in the poor house by Christmas). And they were so totally delicious I think I’ll probably do them again for Saturday’s gig at the Good Ship with Sunday Driver (we’re on at 9pm – come on down!)
Here’s the recipe, adapted and anglicised from Dorrie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home to Yours.
- 225g butter, at room temperature
- 220g caster sugar
- 120g light brown sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs, beaten in a cup
- 320g plain flour
- 3/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 1tsp salt
- Either 300-350g plain chocolate chips, or 250g choc chips plus 100g mini fudge chunks (from Waitrose)
Preheat your oven to 180C.
Beat the butter in a freestanding mixer for a few minutes (or you could do it by hand the hard way…), then cream in both the brown and caster sugar until very light and fluffy. This takes ages.
Briefly beat in the vanilla extract, then the beaten eggs, a little at a time.
Mix the bicarb and salt into the flour, then beat into the wet mixture in three batches. Son’t overmix – they just need to be combined.
Stir in the choc chips and fudge chunks, if using.
Line baking sheets with non-stick liner, or grease them really well. Put dollops of the mixture (roughly a dessert-spoonful) onto the baking sheets, spaced well apart. I get about 8 per sheet, which makes cookies that are roughly 2 and a half inches in diameter.
Cook until golden brown and more darkly browned at the edges – probably around 10-12 minutes but keep an eye on them.
Take the baking sheet out of the oven, wait a few minutes for the cookies to firm up, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool. Give out to hungry fans.
Makes 35-40 cookies.