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Baking on a budget: Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

30th September 2013

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Don't let your tight student budget stop you baking!

This cheap, simple and delicious cookie recipe is a sure-fire winner for all your mates.



makes 12

225g caster sugar - 26p

300g plain flour - 9p

1 large egg - 20p

1tsp cinammon - 4p

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda - 1p

150g milk chocolate - 75p

200g margarine -40p

( All ingredients Asda, prices correct of September 2013 )

TOTAL: £1.75 (Less than 15p per cookie!)


1.Line two baking trays with greasproof paper. Set the oven to 180 degrees.

2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon until light and pale.

3. Crack the egg into a seperate bowl and whisk. Pour into the butter mix and stir slowly until incorporated.

4. Chop the chocolate into chunks, then add it with the cinammon and bicarbonate of soda, Mix well.

5. In two batches, sift in the flour, and stir until it becomes thick and dry.

6. Knead the mixture until it forms a smooth dough, then roll into 12 round balls.

7. Pat down into disks and space evenly apart on the trays and bake for 10-12 minutes.


Top tips! Always buy the largest packs of ingredients, and where possible, from the 'value' ranges of supermarkets. Other things make a huge difference too, like using bars of chocolate rather than buying chocolate chips. For extra crunch, sprinkle with sugar before baking. For extra chew, take out after 8 minutes for a softer texture.


This is a fantastic recipe for skint students nationwide. Everyone will be enticed to your kitchen by the gorgeous smells; you could even charge a small amount and start a mini business, or raise some cash for charity.

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