Chocolate chip and peanut cookies

During the first lockdown I was guilty of piling on a few pounds. Pounds that are much harder to shift than the few in my bank account.

So in a bid to curb the waistline before the Christmas excess I have made a weekly promise to consume less treats. This starts with good intentions, but as mid-week approaches abstinence becomes harder and I crave a sweet fix.

To resolve this problem I have taught myself how to make cookies, adding peanuts to make them feel slightly healthier.

You can decide if the ability to make simple homemade cookies is a help or hindrance!  


  • 300 grams plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 50 grams light brown sugar
  • 50 grams caster sugar
  • 200 grams butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 200 grams milk chocolate (chopped into chunks)
  • 50 grams chopped unsalted peanuts


  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
  • Using an electric whisk, beat the butter and sugar together until smooth, then add the egg.
  • Sieve in the flour, baking soda and salt and fold through. 
  • Add the vanilla extract, chocolate and peanuts and mix well to form a dough.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and roll into a sausage shape and cover with clingfilm.
  • Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes before cutting, for best results each cookie should be roughly 1 to 2 cm wide.
  • Place the cookies on the baking tray and bake for 10 -12 minutes.

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