The Weekend Baker:Paul Hollywood's best-ever chocolate chip cookies

The secret to the super delicious flavour of these cookies is to use the best dark chocolate chips you can find...

Ingredients:
*150g softened unsalted butter
*150g caster sugar
*100g light soft brown sugar
*1 large egg
*250g plain flour
*1 teaspoon baking powder
*½ teaspoon salt
*45g cocoa powder

Method
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and both sugars together with an electric whisk until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg and mix well.

2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour with the baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Add to the butter mixture and mix well to form a stiff dough. At first it will look like there is too much flour, but whisk slowly and it will form a stiff dough. Add the chocolate chips.

3. Tip the dough on to a large piece of clingfilm or greaseproof paper. Roll the dough into a cylinder shape 27cm long and 6cm wide. Place in the fridge to firm up for at least two hours.

4. Line two baking trays with parchment paper. Preheat your oven to 160°C/Gas 3.

5. Unwrap the dough, cut into 16 equal slices and place on the prepared trays, leaving room for the dough to spread. Bake for 12-15 minutes. By  now, the cookies should have risen and spread out. They will still be soft when you remove them from the oven, so leave to firm on the tray for a few minutes before cooling completely on a wire rack.

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Recipe from The Weekend Baker by Paul Hollywood. Paul Hollywood will be cooking live at the following BBC Good Food Shows: Northern Ireland - Belfast Waterfront 14-16 October, Glasgow – SECC 4-6 November, London – Olympia 11-13 November and Birmingham – NEC 24-27 November. Tickets on sale now: www.bbcgoodfoodshow.com.


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