How to make simple and easy cookies with your kids at home from scratch

Chocolate chip cookies
Chocolate chip cookies

Everyone needs a simple and easy cookie recipe up their sleeve for when the children are off school.

Whatever your favourite flavour is a basic cookie batch recipe is a must.

Do you really need a how to guide to the straight-forward baked good? Probably not, but it’s great reason for us to whip up our favourite treat.

Everyone makes the yummy guilty pleasure a little differently, but here’s our recipe – with our tips and tricks.

Let us know how you make your cookies too in the comments.

This recipe makes about 40 cookies, cut the quantities for less.

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Follow the recipe for a big batch

Ingredients

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup salted butter, very soft

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon table salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Equipment

Large bowl for mixing

Mixing spoon

measuring cup

Measuring spoon

Baking sheet

Cooling rack

Tip: If you don’t have a cooling rack take the grill rack from the oven and use that.

Trick: If you don’t have a measuring spoon or cup use a mug, this roughly works out as 100ml. Work out the ratio of ingredients (1 cup – 100g) and use that to measure.

How to make them

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Spray tray with non-stick or use greaseproof paper.

3. Mix the sugar (both) together. Break any hard bits and chunks.

4. Mix softened butter into the sugar.

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Make sure you soften the butter first

Tip: If you need to soften the butter, put it in a microwaveable bowl and just warm it for about 10seconds at a time until soft but not liquid.

5. Mix your eggs in one at a time into the bowl with the sugar-butter mix.

6. Use the spoon to beat the eggs – lightly – before stirring them into butter and sugar.

7. Mix the vanilla, salt and baking soda. Mix the batter all together. Make sure there are no clumps.

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Add your flour in

8. Add the flour all together, don’t mix too much but make sure there’s no dry flour.

Tip: You can use your hands to mix and it makes them a bit denser

9. You should have a dough now (technically this is when you add your flavouring – so chocolate chips, etc – make sure you fold them in and don’t mix)

10. Use a tablespoon to get a scoop of batter and place this on to the baking sheet. Keep doing this until the dough is all gone. Think ping-pong ball size.

Facebook/When In ArizonaMake sure there's gaps between them on the tray

11. Make sure there are gaps between each dollop on the tray. You can either flatten them with a fork – this leaves a nice mark.

12. Bake! Keep them in for about 12minutes – check them though as they can be done in 9minutes.

13. Let them cool and settle before putting them on the rack.

Tip: If you’re oven isn’t big enough cook them in batches.

Tip: You can also freeze the dough and use it later. It will make the sugar taste more like caramel.

Trick: You can keep the mixture for a few months.