Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Biscuits

Here is the recipe for very tasty chocolate chip biscuits (cookies) that are easy to make.


  • 125 g butter, softened (I use the microwave)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (75g) caster sugar
  • 1/3 cup (75g) firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (150g plain flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 150 g milk eating chocolate, chopped coarsely
  • 1/2 cup (50g) walnuts, chopped coarsely


Preheat oven to moderate (180 deg C / 160 deg C fan-forced – I didnt use fan-forced).

Put baking paper on oven trays.

Beat the butter, extract, sugars and egg in a small bowl with electric mixer under smooth; do not overbeat.

Transfer mixture to medium bowl; stir in sifted flour and soda then chocolate and nuts.

Drop level teaspoons of mixture onto trays 5 cm apart –  to allow the biscuits to spread when cooking.

Bake about 15 minutes. Cool the cookies (I do like to call them biscuits, not cookies!) on wire racks.

Enjoy with your family and friends 🙂

Coarsely ground chocolate:

Chopped chocolate

The ingredients before beating:


Recipe source: Women’s Weekly Cakes Biscuits and slices – published by ACP Magazines 2006

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I modified the recipe  by adding stir-friend beans and carrots to make a complete meal for serving with steamed rice.

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Orange and Poppyseed Cake

This orange cake is very easy to make as most of the preparation is done using a food processor.  I adapted the recipe by adding poppyseeds.


  • 1 medium (240gram) orange, unpeeled and chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • 185 g butter, softened (I use the microwave) and chopped coarsely
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
  • 1/4 cup poppyseeds
  • icing sugar


Preheat the oven to 180 degreecs C (or 160 degrees for fan forced).  Line the cake tin with baking paper.

Combine the orange, sugar, butter and eggs in a food processort and process  until thoroughly combined.

Transfer this mixture into a bowl, and fold in the flour and poppyseeds.  Spread the mixture into the prepared cake tin.

Bake for about 45 minutes or until cooked when tested by sticking in a knife or metal skewer and checking that  it comes out dry.

Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

Serve the cake dusted with sifted icing sugar.

Cake making in progress  (click on image to view full size)

Raw mixture

Just out of the oven

Dusted with icing sugar