Nigella’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these cookies few weeks back following Nigella’s recipe from the Nigella Express show.

Added a little bit of PS effect hehehe

I’ve always wonder why this lady’s cooking show is such a hit. I found the answer after baking my own batch of choc chip cookies according to her recipe with minor twist.

125g dark chocolate (I used normal baking chocolate)
150g plain flour
30g cocoa (I added 20g)
1 tsp bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp salt
125g unsalted butter
75g brown sugar
50g castor sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 egg, cold from fridge
350g dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 170 degree C.

2. Break dark chocolate into small pieces and heat in a bowl over a boiling water saucepan. Stir occasionally until melted.

3. Combine flour, cocoa, bicarbonate soda and salt in a large bowl and mix well.

4. Cream butter, brown sugar and castor sugar until light and fluffy in another bowl.

5. Add melted chocolate and combine well.

6. Add vanilla essence and egg follow by the dry ingredients (no. 3) little by little.

7. Lastly add in chocolate chips.

8. Use an ice-cream scoop to scoop out 12 equal portions and place on a baking tray. Since I don’t want to eat large size choc chip cookies at one go, I pinch only a small portion of the mixture (like Famous Amos style). Believe me a small pinch is enough since the mixture will transform to size larger than Famous Amos cookies.

9. Bake for 18 minutes.

The recipe yield about 3 dozens chocolate chip cookies by using the pinching style. The cookies come out just right, very crispy! But one thing I dislike is the cocoa. I will eliminate mixing any cocoa powder for my next stint.

Anyway, I still prefer Famous Amos cookies. They’re to die for!!! Anyone of you have choc chip cookies recipe similar to Famous Amos one ar? Please share.

Btw I learned a cool baking trick from Nigella. If you don’t plan to use all the mixture at one go, place the remaining mixture in a plastic seal bag and keep in the fridge. Whenever you feeling like eating a cookie or two just take them out and start baking!

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  • Reply Yozoranitesky July 10, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    πŸ™‚ another chocolate chip cookie that is going into my personal file for keeping.. i love choco chip cookies. if you don’t mind my asking che-cheh, did you use the ordinary cocoa powder from the bakery shops? i noticed that they are not as nice or aromatic than the VanHouten ones in the white tin with gold letters.. that one hor, makes your entire kitchen smell like Famous Amos stalls :love:

  • Reply hedonistics anonymous July 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    i love the smell of famous amos, but i do find them a tad too sweet for me. i prefer bittersweet dark chocolate. i think nigella’s original recipe would’ve suited me just fine πŸ™‚

  • Reply hcfoo July 11, 2008 at 8:57 am

    the picture doesn’t really look appetizing. hehe

    btw, i love her show too simply because her food is simple to cook and yet look delicious!

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 11, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Yozoranitesky, I use VanHouten cocoa but not the white tin one. This one is from a brown packaging. I will try the white tin one but I it’s more expensive right?

    Hedo, I think famous amos taste just right. Love it!! Try baking her ori one.

    Hcfoo, ya not appetizing at all. That’s why I photoshop it to look more fancy. Haha. But her show ar…I beh tahan her expanding size la.

  • Reply Yozoranitesky July 11, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    maybe they could be the same che-cheh.. maybe what you bought are refill packs?? :thinking:

  • Reply Lex July 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    i’ve baked this before but wee bit too sweet for my liking. i got special recipe taste nearly like famous amos one… mauu ah? hehhehe

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Yozoranitesky, hmm maybe. I will need to check it out.

    Lex, eh mau mau. You know my email right?

  • Reply Lex July 13, 2008 at 2:08 am

    alamak tak tau lahhh >.

  • Reply Che-Cheh July 14, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Lex, emailed you liao.

  • Reply sha July 26, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Hi che-cheh, i copy the recipe for own keeping eh…not sure when i want to try.
    thanks for sharing!

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