Simple Chocolate Chunk Cookies

27 May 2019


There's nothing better than taking a break with a cup of tea and a warm, gooey cookie, and that's exactly what I've been spending my bank holiday doing...It's been a little while since I've been baking, and even longer since I've shared a recipe on here, so today I thought I'd jump back online {and into the kitchen} to share my super simple chocolate chunk cookie recipe. Without further ado...


Ingredients:

115g Salted Butter 
200g Flour 
115g Caster Sugar
50g Brown Sugar 
115g Chocolate Chips {I use a mixture of chunks and chips}
1/4 teaspoon Salt 
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda 
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 


Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180° and line two baking trays with grease proof paper. 

2. Place the butter into a microwave safe bowl and pop into the microwave for about a minute, until the butter has completely melted. 

3. Combine the melted butter, caster sugar and white sugar in a mixing bowl until a creamy mixture is formed. 

4. Add in the vanilla extract and egg and mix until the egg is only just combined {any more than this and the egg will be too stiff for the mixture}. 

5. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt until the mixture forms a dough type texture and is very slightly crumbly. You should be able to pick up the mixture and mould it with your hands without it sticking - if the mixture is too wet, add in a few tablespoons of flour at a time until the right consistency is reached. 

6. Add in the chocolate chips or whatever you're planning on adding to the recipe {I love adding m&ms as a twist!} and mix into the dough with your hands. 

7. Once everything is properly combined, roll the dough into 12 separate balls {or less if you want giant cookies!} and place each ball on a baking sheet, leaving plenty of room inbetween. 

8. Pop into the preheated oven for 9-11 mins and no longer. Even if the cookies are still extremely soft and pale when the timer is finished, still take them out - if you over bake them they won't be soft in the middle, and the cookies will firm up slightly as they cool. 

9. Leave the cookies to cool on the baking trays for 30-40 mins, then enjoy! 


And there you have it, my super simple cookie recipe! Feel free to customise with different sweets, chocolates, fruit, etc and if you do, be sure to let me know of any winning combinations so I can try them out myself! ☺️

xo Becky 

A Night at the Artists Residence, London

16 May 2019


It's not often that I find myself staying in hotels in London, seeing as it's my home city and there never seems much point when I could just hop on the tube home...but I recently had the pleasure of staying at The Artists Residence in Pimlico and let me tell you, it was the dream little staycation.

It may seem a little excessive to stay in a hotel only 30 minutes from my home, but when you live in a house share with what seems like half of London at times, it's so nice just to get out of the house for a little luxurious night away...no fighting over the kitchen, the tv remote, slamming doors in the middle of the night...it was bliss {and probably the best night's sleep I've had in weeks}


As I mentioned, The Artists Residence is located in Pimlico, just a ten minute walk from Victoria. It's the perfect location if you're wanting a chilled weekend, as there's lots of restaurants around Victoria but it's not exactly the party capital of London {Timmy Green is one of my favourites for brunch/lunch}. For dinner we walked down the road to Franco Manca as we'd both had pretty tough weeks and just wanted something quick and easy, so we could begin our night of pampering.


After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to settle in for the night with face masks, prosecco, snacks and a movie - it was the perfect way to relax after a long week. As the hotel is located on a pretty quiet street, we had the best nights sleep. The boutique feel of the hotel meant that there was nobody walking past our room in the middle of the night, barely any traffic to wake us up and the bed was one of the comfiest I've ever slept in. I'm pretty particular about having comfy pillows...and this place nailed it 👌🏻.


In the morning {after my first full 8 hours of sleep in forever}, we treated ourselves to a dreamy little breakfast in bed before packing up and checking out...and pinching a few of the free sweets on the way 🤗.



If you're on the hunt for a little slice of understated luxury for a London getaway, I'd really recommend The Artists Residence, and I'll definitely be looking into their other locations in Cornwall and Brighton {and their new hotel opening up in Bristol}.

xo Becky

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