Chocolate Chip Cookies

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An international classic, chocolate chip cookies are a timeless favourite with every generation. Bonus points for this being an edible cookie dough recipe too!

Choc Chip Cookies from Baking with Granny. Classic cookies, full of milk chocolate chips. Bonus points for this UK recipe also being an edible cookie dough!

Ok, so here we go! My chocolate chip cookies recipe. With so many chocolate chip cookie recipes already in existence, do I really need to share another?

Honestly, probably not. But this is a recipe I have been using since I was about 8 years old and they’re still my go-to choc chip cookies at 32 years old! Plus, I was recently listening to a podcast and the person speaking said, “there may be a million chocolate chip cookies recipes out there, but there’s always going to be someone who wants to know your way of doing it.” So I’m taking that literally in this instance.

Chocolate Chip cookies recipe from Baking with Granny. UK recipe for classic cookies, easy and simple to make.

What makes this chocolate chip cookies recipe better than any others? There’s few things I think are great about this recipe.

1. This is a UK recipe! Of course, cookies have a strong history in the US, so you’ll find endless American recipes for these classic chocolate chip biscuits. But if like me you aren’t big on working out what cups translate to in grams, then this recipe is for you.

2. These cookies use a simple combo of ingredients that you probably already have to hand. Nothing obscure.

3. Because the ingredients are so simple, and no egg is required, you can even skip the baking and simply enjoy this recipe are a homemade chocolate chip cookie dough. Not something I’ve ever been big on but I know there are plenty of people who love to eat a raw cookie dough with spoon!

4. You can easily make these into vegan chocolate chip cookies. All you need to do is swap out the butter for a dairy-free margarine, and use either dark chocolate chips or a dairy-free milk chocolate…and voila! This becomes a vegan chocolate chip cookies recipe.

5. This is a quick and easy chocolate chip cookies recipe. No chilling required. Simply mix and bake.

Chocolate Chip cookies from Baking with Granny. Easy cookie recipe, using golden syrup and milk chocolate chips.


Butter or Margarine
As these chocolate chip cookies are loaded with sweetness – from the sugar, syrup and chocolate – the choice of butter or margarine purely comes down to personal preference, as neither will really enhance or effect the overall taste. I like margarine as a way to omit the dairy (making these vegan chocolate chip cookies) and because it is less expensive.
If using margarine, just be sure to use a block margarine, as opposed to a spreadable one. The latter will change the over all texture of your cookies due to having a higher water content.

Caster Sugar
When it comes to sugar, you can definitely do a bit of experimenting to find which sugar fits your taste. However, I usually head straight for the caster sugar. Partly because it’s what I’ve always used for this recipe, but also because I know I will usually have some in. If you do prefer your cookies a little less sweet, simply swap it out for a soft light brown sugar.

Golden Syrup
With this simple ingredient, you instantly know this a UK chocolate chip cookies recipe. Golden syrup adds a little additional sweetness, helps bring your ingredients together and gives your cookies that nice warm glow.
Can’t get any golden syrup where you are? You could always try swapping it out for some maple syrup or some honey. The quantities of golden syrup in this recipe means it isn’t an essential ingredient, more a complimentary addition. As such you should be able to swap it out with any big issues.

Self-raising Flour
Raising agents aren’t always required in biscuits but for choc chip cookies, we want them to rise a little whilst they bake, but fall again once they cool. This helps create the perfect balance of crunch and chew, as well as that iconic crinkled appearance.

Bicarbonate of Soda
As with the self-raising flour, bicarbonate of soda helps add a little lift to your cookies as they bake.

Vanilla Extract
One thing that Granny and I agree on is that vanilla is massively overused in baking these days. That being said, I do think that these cookies benefit from a smidgen of vanilla. Why? Because these are a sweet cookie and in this instance, vanilla helps balance that out a little. You’ll see it’s only a small amount but that is all that is needed.

Milk Chocolate Chips
For a classic choc chip cookie, opt for some milk chocolate chips. Alternatively you can mix things up with a dark chocolate or white chocolate, or a combo of all 3. Another option I often like to do is use up any leftover chocolate from Christmas or Easter – simply chop it up into bitesize pieces.

What is Golden Syrup?

Golden Syrup is a popular baking ingredient in the UK… But what is it? Where can you get it? And what can you use as a substitute?

My in-depth Golden Syrup Guide has all the answers to your questions!

UK recipe for chocolate chip cookies from Baking with Granny. With options to make vegan choc chip cookies.


Do I need to chill this cookie dough before baking?
No. You can make the cookie dough and bake it straight away. No chilling required!

Can I freeze the cookie dough to use at a later date?
Yes, aboslutely. Simply wrap your cookie dough in cling film before freezing. Use within 1 month for best results, and defrost before baking.

How long do these cookies last once baked?
They taste so good that they won’t last long! However if you have good self-control, you can store these cookies in an air-tight container and they will easily last a few days. The texture may change slightly as time passes, as biscuits often do.

Easy chocolate chip cookies. UK recipe from Baking with Granny. Makes an edible cookie dough.
Chocolate Chip cookies from Baking with Granny. Easy cookie recipe, using golden syrup and milk chocolate chips.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

An international classic, chocolate chip cookies are a timeless favourite with every generation.
3.58 from 19 votes
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American, British
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12



  • Preheat your oven to 180°c (160°c for fan assisted ovens or Gas Mark 3) and lightly grease a couple of baking sheet. Set aside.
  • Cream together your butter and sugar, until light and fluffy. Add your golden syrup & vanilla, and stir through until combined.
  • Add your chocolate chips and stir through, before sifting in the flour & bicarbonate of soda. Mix until combined (you may need to use your hands to bring the dough together).
  • Spoon out a heaped teaspoon amount of your dough and roughly roll into a small ball. Place the ball onto your pre-greased baking tray, and repeat with the rest of the mixture, leaving a bit of space between each.
  • Bake for around 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet - they may appear a little puffed up when you first remove them from the oven, but they will flatten out as they cool.
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Free-from & Vegan

Dairy-free: Simply use a dairy-free milk margarine and a dairy-free chocolate (dark chocolate or vegan chocolate).

Nut-free: There are no nuts used in this chocolate chip cookies recipe but, as always, be sure to double check your individual ingredients allergens list.

Vegan: As there is no egg in this cookie recipe, simply follow the dairy-free tips above to make these into vegan chocolate chip cookies.

Gluten-free: In theory, you should be able to swap out the flour for a gluten-free flour, however this isn’t something I have tried and tested. If you do give it a go, let me know in the comments if it was successful.

27 Responses

  1. Lovely cookies. The best recipe for chocolate chip cookies I have tried easy too. Trouble is they don’t last long as my husband loves them.

  2. 5 stars
    I love this recipe as, to me, it is a proper chocolate chip biscuit rather than other recipes which I have tried, just my preference I don’t like soft and chewy. Thank you for a great recipe.

    1. 5 stars
      Perfect recipe. So often they spread to much, this receipt held its shape and no chilling is a bonus when pushed for time

  3. 5 stars
    These lovely bics along with granny’s shortbread and empire biscuits are now my family’s favourite. Toddler great grandson can’t get enough of the shortbread. Think he comes to visit the biscuit tin not us. Thanks

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my god these cookies are truly delicious best recipe ive had all mi days the family loved em even the grandkids loved em

    5 stars will do again

    Thank you bakingwithgrannie

  5. 5 stars
    Great simple recipe that makes delicious cookies – now my go to recipe after many failed cookies along the way!

  6. 1 star
    I made this for my son tenth birthday party but the batter was really dry and hard to make. They ended up being super sweet. One kid at the party did end up vomiting but.They kinda looked good.

  7. 1 star
    This was so bad so I fed it to my cat and it sadly passed away the next morning . This is highly not pet friendly . Would not recommend!!!!!!

  8. 1 star
    These where the worst cookies I have ever tasted and they made my princess daughter vomit the next morning. This was frightening for me and my husband. I would definitely not recommend for anyone.

  9. 2 stars
    The were SO good best cookies in my ENTIRE life. Would DEFINITELY recommend.

    1. 5 stars
      Great recipe worked really well and very easy to make. I did bake them for a bit longer than the 10 minutes. . Grandchildren love them so I have to make double the quantity.
      Would also recommend the triple chocolate chip cookie recipe.

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