Living with two teenage bottomless pits, I tend to do a lot of baking. I’m not for a minute trying to make out it’s some kind of chore – there’s nothing I like better than pottering about in a sunny kitchen – radio on, dog bimbling around at my feet. I bake these cookies a lot, sometimes with the addition of oats (you can find my oaty chocolate chip version here), or sometimes like this: plain, squidgy, and with lots of chocolate. I happened to have a bit of dark and a bit of white chocolate left over, but add in whatever you have. The peanut version are my favourite as I love the crunch it gives them. I got sent some cute little packs of Chikas peanuts which are hand toasted so I popped a whole pack in (40g):
150g brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
100g chocolate, chopped
Couple of handfuls of peanuts
So cream the butter, then add the sugar and beat together until it’s really light. Add the egg and vanilla and beat again until pale and fluffy. Stir in the flour until it’s just combined, then add the chopped chocolate and nuts.
Dollop the mixture in spoonfuls onto a baking tray. I used a tablespoon but I have also been known to use an ice cream scoop to make really massive cookies.
Bake at 180/gas 4 for about 10-12 minutes. Don’t overcook them as you want them really lovely and soft in the middle. Serve while still warm with a nice cup of tea.