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How to make the world's best chocolate chip cookies

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This is the simplest and best recipe for chocolate chip cookies that I have ever found. When the mixture is spread thinly on the tray, the cookies are very similar to Marks & Spencer Bakery cookies, except maybe a little nicer. They can be made in less than 30 minutes and are a huge hit with kids who like to have fun in the kitchen. Thanks are due to a Canadian woman called Debbie Baker, who gave the recipe to me a number of years ago.
What you'll need: 
1 cup of softened butter
1 and a half cups of brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 cups of plain flour (all purpose flour)
One quarter of a cup of cornflour (also known as corn starch)
Three quarters of a teaspoon of salt
One teaspoon of baking powder (also known as baking soda)
2 cups of chocolate chips
An oven, pre-heated to 350F/180C
Whisk the eggs. Add the melted butter and vanilla essence.
Mix the sugar, salt, cornflour, baking powder and flour together.
Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and stir until it is uniform.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Arrange as you wish on a greased baking tray. I spread it out in one thin layer, and then cut into square cookies afterwards. This ensures that the cookies bake completely but I can take them out when they are still soft. Some people prefer to make round drop cookies, which involves dropping a spoonful of mixture onto the tray. You may get 25 large square cookies or 64 drop cookies out of the mixture. It's up to you!
Place in the pre-heated oven for 10-15 minutes.
Place on a wire rack and allow to cool.
Instead of a greased baking tray, lay a piece of parchment paper across a baking tray. It's much less messy and allows a quicker turnaround between batches.
Chocolate chips can be expensive. I usually buy a 200g bar of chocolate in a sealed foil wrapping and bang it against the kitchen counter until the chunks of chocolate are as small as I want.
Don't let children eat the cookies when they're just out of the oven-the melted chocolate will be hot enough to burn.


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