Making cookies is such a satisfying thing to do! They take virtually no time or effort to make, fill the house with delicious smells while they are cooking and provide you with a biscuit tin full of tasty goodies for the whole family for however long they last!
The recipe below is a killer basic cookie recipe that works every single time! They are not healthy, but you can kid yourself for a spell that they might be as you add in your chosen fruit and nut combo! Subsitute the chocolate/fruit/nut mix to whatever you are in the mood for or whatever you have lingering in your store cupboard! Raisin, milk chocolate and hazelnut; dried cherries, dark chocolate and macadamia nut; dried blueberry, white chocolate and walnuts or my personal favourite, dried cranberry, white chocolate and pecans.
If you are allergic to nuts, just leave them out and substitute the pecan syrup for maple syrup instead! If you are not a fan of dried fruits then you can leave them out and just increase your chocolate and nut ratios to compensate so you still have a cookie that jampacked full of tasty nuggets!
What I would say is try to use a good quality chocolate as cheap chocolate will melt away into the cookie, and trust me what you would prefer is for there to be discernable chunks of chocolate to bite into.
This recipe makes somewhere between 20-30 cookies depending on how big you make them, but I would keep them small as possible as no matter how much you chill the mixture before rolling and baking, they will spread. When this happens, you can either keep the presentation all rustic and just break the cookies off in random shapes, or if you are a bit OCD about things then while they are still warm out of the oven use a cookie cutter to dig into the cookie mixture to make a more perfect cookie shape. Wait until they have cooled and set a bit and then ease off the baking sheet using a pallet knife.
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