The ultimate chocolate chip cookies

June 18, 2008 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
chocolate chip cookies recipe

These choc chip cookies are soft and chewy, and not as hard as the traditional ones.

Chocolate chip cookies were invented in 1933 by Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Massachusettes, USA. They became a firm favourite with her guests and the popularity of these tasty tea-time treats soon spread worldwide.

Recipe by Toni Scorgie

Photograph by Vanessa Grobler 

The ultimate chocolate chip cookies

Serves: Makes 20
Cooking Time: 25 mins


  • 230g butter, softened
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 100g sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2ml vanilla extract
  • 360g cake flour
  • 5ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 2ml salt
  • 230g good quality dark chocolate, chopped
  • 230g good quality milk chocolate, chopped



Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease a baking tray.


Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract, and stir to combine.


Sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt together, and add it to the butter mixture. Mix to combine. Fold in the chocolate.


Form small round balls, about 4cm in diameter, and press onto the baking tray.


Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove and place on a cooking rack to cool.


Cook's tip: If you prefer crunchier biscuits, press the biscuits a bit flatter on the baking tray and bake for an extra 5 – 6 minutes.


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