A few Saturdays ago we were having a very chilled out day in the flat.
We had nothing planned, had made a big breakfast and it was just going to be one of those pottering around type days.
We had enough food in the house to keep us going, but as we’re on a bit of a spending ban at the moment we’re basically living off bulk bolognese and toast.
Absolutely fine by me, but not so ideal when you have guests.
Out little day of pottering around was lovely, and in the end we actually had some family pop in for cups of tea throughout the day which was fab.
Now we have our own place, i’m more aware of the fact that when people pop over whether it’s family or friends, it’s nice for us to be proper hosts.
I kinda turn into a mix between Monica Geller and one of those feeders from that channel four documentary that came out a couple of years ago.
I’ll usually get the fancy tea pot out with the nice mugs (I say nice mugs they’re just the ones I can find that are least green tea stained) and some sort of sweet snack.
So, when I realised we had people popping over and there wasn’t a biscuit in sight, I decided to rustle something up.
Luckily we had all the ingredients for some super simple chocolate chip cookies and I have to say they were pretty good, so I thought i’d share the recipe – you know just in case you’ve ever got last minute guests and also share the need to feed people.
Although we didn’t have any chocolate chips in the flat we did have plenty of leftover Easter chocolate and as chocolate orange is one of my favourite flavours I decided to bake chocolate orange chip cookies.
- 250 grams of softened butter
- Two tsp of vanilla essence
- One large egg
- 140 grams of caster sugar
- 300 grams of flower
- Two chocolate orange bars
- Mix together the butter and sugar in a large bowl with a wooden spoon
- Add in the egg and the vanilla essence and stir until combined
- Sift over the flower and mix until the mixture starts to turn doughy
- Add in the chocolate chips, and mix with hands until you’re able to form dough balls
- Preheat the oven: Fan 180
- Put a sheet of baking paper on a wide baking tray
- Make small balls of dough with the mixture and press down onto the tray leaving enough room for the cookies to spread in the oven
- Bake for 15 minutes until slightly golden and soft to touch
- Leave to cool on a baking rack
Make yourself a cuppa tea, put an episode of friends on and you’re good to go!
This honestly is the simplest baking recipe i’ve ever tried.
I started baking at 11:45 in the morning and by the time family had arrived at 12:15, there were fresh cookies ready to eat.
If that’s not me being the hostess with the mostess then I don’t know what is.
Or is it just last minute luck? Who knows.
These cookies are light, soft and fluffy and the chocolate orange combination is delicious.
I’d like to try some further variations, maybe adding a little orange zest into the mixture.
Let me know if you give these a try!