The other day I was emailing with a bride who was lamenting the cost of her wedding. In particular, the fact that wedding favours were going to cost an arm and a leg. There are certainly plenty of ways to spend a fortune on wedding favours, and in many cases that’s unavoidable – personalising something, or getting a specific bonbonerie made in large-ish quantities will do that. My wedding favours cost me next to nothing – just a few ingredients and a little bit of time. So I thought I’d share my chocolate chip cookie recipe today!
I was on a pretty tight budget for our wedding, and originally wasn’t going to do anything. But it niggled at me – I really wanted something to thank my guests! It was when I was getting my hair trial and thinking through the logistics of the wedding day, a week away, something clicked. Cookies! My husband’s nickname is Cookie, so it fit perfectly… and that’s how I found myself baking 6 batches of delicious chocolate chip cookies in the leadup to our wedding (I could’ve done it in less, except I burnt a couple when trying to multitask!).
So today I’m sharing my Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe with you. It’s the perfect recipe for a wedding favour because it makes a big batch, you can swap out the ingredients, and you can make the biscuits massive Cookie-time-cookie sized ones, or small bite sized ones.
Amanda’s Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Makes 50 delicious cookies
For your chocolate chip cookies, you will need:
- 250 grams of Butter, softened [This is a lot of butter – half a standard block. But you’ll probably want to do two batches of these, so just chop it in half and save the rest for the next batch]
- 3/4 Cup of White Sugar
- 3/4 Cup of Brown Sugar [packed]
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of Vanilla Essence
- 1/2 teaspoon of Water [add more if you use some Wholegrain flour]
- 2 Eggs
- 3 Cups of Flour [Can also sneak in a little Wholegrain Flour if you want to up the fibre content or you don’t have enough white flour]
- 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
- 350 grams of Chocolate Chips/Chocolate Chunks/Nuts/Anything Delicious!
How to make the chocolate chip cookies:
- First, preheat the oven to 180°. Cream the butter and both sugars together till the mix is pale yellow.
- Add the Vanilla Essence & water, give it a quick mix, and then add the eggs – one at a time.
- Sift the flour and baking soda into this mix.
- Stir in the chocolate chips (or other delicious bits and pieces you’re adding). [If you’re brave (or lazy like me) just chuck them in the bowl and let your mixer do the work. Just be warned if it’s old or doesn’t have much power, you might make it sick.]
- Roll into balls and pop on a tray lined with baking paper. Flatten slightly.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until slightly browned. I love my cookies chewy and slightly underbaked, so I am really generous with the portions I roll out, and I take them out at 10 minutes. But if you’re baking for wedding favours, make them smaller so you can get more per batch.
- Leave them to cool slightly on the tray before transferring to wire racks. If you take them off the tray straight away they will be soft and will break apart.
Bonus baking tips from a non-baker
- I can’t claim to be an amazing baker, but I do love this recipe as it’s pretty hard to stuff it up. It’s as simple as, “chuck everything into the bowl and mix it”. The only thing that will really cause issues is if you melt the butter (v.s. having it softened) or burning the biscuits (which I’ve only managed to do when baking for my wedding reception – I didn’t set a timer).
- I don’t recommend doubling the recipe, unless you have a industrial mixer. There’s a lot of mix. I’ve never tried halving the recipe either – mainly because I know we will get through them quickly (they are just sooo good!)
- You can play around with the amount of sweet stuff you pop in, but I have done them with less chocolate chips (200g), chocolate chips and peanuts, white chocolate and macadamia nuts and also milk chocolate, white chocolate and peanuts.
If you end up using this recipe – for your wedding reception or just to eat – PLEASE let me know how you get on! I would love to hear how you went.