A rather easy recipe for anyone to follow, this recipe does not use butter but vegetable oil instead. So what you get at the end of your bakes would be cookies with crunchy edges and chewy and cake-like texture in the centre.
For these cookies I did not use the usual chocolate chips but coarsely-chopped + button chocolates, as I anticipated that the chips would 'disappear' in the dough.
So here it is:
Chewy Chocolate Cookies
1 1/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla essence (slightly more would still be fine)
1 cup plain flour
3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts (any of your favourite)
3/4 cup raisins (I prefer to put slightly more)
1 cup coarsely chopped chocolates (semisweet / white)
1. Beat eggs, sugar and essence with electric mixer until mixture becomes lighter in colour.
2. Stir in sifted dry ingredients until well-mixed.
3. Pour in the vegetable oil & continue to mix (by this time mixture will look sticky and soft). Cover the mixing bowl & refrigerate for at least 1 hr or more.
4. Preheat oven to 170C (depends on your oven). Grease oven trays.
5. Roll heaped tablespoons of mixture into balls, place on trays 6cm apart, flatten into rounds. (Don't worry if you flatten it through as the dough will puff up during baking).
6. Bake about 10 mins or until browned lightly (mine took 10mins per tray). Stand cookies on trays 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool.
Yields about 36 cookies.
Tip: You may like to add some orange rind for that extra aroma & taste.