Chocolate Chip Ginger Cookies

Serves: Makes 32

Difficulty: Easy

You can’t beat a good cookie recipe. Baking fresh cookies are easy and always taste better than the ones you can buy.This recipe makes chewy ones but you can bake them for a little longer if you like yours crunchy. I usually mix it up by adding nuts instead of raisins and I sometimes add dried blueberries instead of chocolate chips for a healthier version, although it isn’t quite that healthy.

Ingredients

  • 115 g unsalted butter, softened
  • 85 g light brown sugar
  • 85 g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 140 g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of salt
  • 100 g raisins
  • 175 g dark chocolate, cut into small pieces

Method

1.  Preheat the oven to 170°C/375°F/gas 4.

2. Cream together the butter and sugars until pale.

3. Stir in the vanilla essence.

4. Slowly add the egg in batches making sure you beat the mixture well between each addition.

5. Sift over the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and salt and mix well.

6. Stir in the raisins and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

7. Place tablespoons of the mixture onto baking sheets leaving plenty of room to spread, at least 15 cm apart.

8. Bake in the oven for 8-10 minutes. The cookies should be set in the centre and very lightly golden.

9. Remove from the oven and leave on the tray to cool for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.


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