Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Fill the Tins with Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's said that on Christmas eve, children in the United States and Canada leave cookies and milk by the chimney for Santa Claus as he may get hungry while delivering all those presents. How sweet!  Wondering what is Santa's favorite cookies? Has his taste changed over the years?

During this jolly festival season,  no matter what our religious beliefs, we enjoy meeting friends with delicious food and gift-giving.  Cookies are perfect as a gift or as a snack to serve at gatherings.  To fill my cookies tins, I baked Shortbread cookies last week. This week,  I chose classic chocolate chip cookies made with butter and brown sugar.  Simple and flavorful. Could these cookies be Santa's favorite?  I am not sure, but my daughters, who are huge fans of  homemade Famous Amos Cookies, finished one batch of  them, hot freshly from the oven !

If you find it hard to get into the joy of the holiday,  make these easy cookies at home and fill a nice cookies tin. It is a delicious and a festive way to get in the spirit of Christmas!

In I Heart Cooking Clubs, we are busy Filling the Tins with Donna Hay's recipe. This chocolate chip cookies recipe is another good and foolproof one.  If you prefer soft and chewy chocolate cookies, add 2 teaspoons of cornstarch. That's the only change I made.

(Recipe from Donna Hay)
  • 180g unsalted butter, softened
  • ¾ cup (120g) brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups (300g) plain (all-purpose) flour, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch (optional)      
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder, sifted
  • 150g dark chocolate, chopped

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Place the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy.
  2. Gradually add the eggs and beat well. Add the flour and baking powder and beat until a smooth dough forms. Fold through the chocolate.
  3. Roll 2 tablespoonfuls of the mixture into balls, place on baking trays lined with non-stick baking paper and press to flatten. Bake for 12–15 minutes or until golden.
  4. Allow to cool on the trays.


  1. That's such a sweet story about Santa. I am sure he would love these cookies. They look wonderful am not surprised your daughters couldn't wait to dig in.

  2. It's been a while since I followed that custom since my kids have grown, but the "Santa" who used to visit my house loved anything with chocolate best of all....he would have certainly loved these cookies. You can't go wrong with classic chocolate chip.

    1. Thanks, Zosia! Hope Santa drop by my house next week :) Just that we don't have chimney here, he has to take lift ^o^

  3. Classic choc chip cookies are always a favorite. Santa would be delighted!

  4. Oh, yes. We have to leave cookies and milk for Santa every Christmas eve. Chocolate chip cookies are definitely the All-American cookie and always a staple to have at every occasion. I recently read about adding cornstarch for softer cookies and I must say it really does keep them soft and chewy (just how we like them at my house). These looks delicious!

  5. Hi Joy,
    I wanna be Santa and drop by your house!
    These cookies looks yummy, no wonder they were all gone!

  6. There are few things better than warm chocolate chip cookies fresh out of the oven! ;-) These look wonderful--perfect to dunk in a cup of milk.

  7. I came THIS close to make these. Glad to know they are tasty.

    BTW we also leave a carrot for the reindeer!!

    1. Good to know these Christmas traditions! So interesting! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Santa's favorite cookie at our place is a frosted sugar cookie of Santa himself (that's how he knows it supposed to be for him was the observation long Your chocolate chip cookies would be a big hit here as well...Santa or not! Nice photo.

  9. I'm pretty certain Santa would love these cookies, and so would I - perfect to fill the tins for all those festive season visitors.


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