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els Mussolsels Mussols wrote the following post Wed, 04 Apr 2018 13:42:04 +0200
choc-chip cookies
Originally published by Ben Masters on the els Mussols Xerta Facebook page -- 05 February 2016

Favourite Choc-Chip Cookies

1/2 cup olive oil
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 level tablespoon golden syrup
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain flour
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1/2 cup choc chips
1/2 cup broken walnuts

Put the oil, sugar, syrup, egg, vanilla and salt in a bowl.
Whisk well.
Roll chocolate and nuts in the flour and bicarb then mix this in with the rest.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto a prepared baking sheet, leaving room for them to spread and bake in a moderate oven for 10-12 minutes.
If you can't get golden syrup replace sugar and syrup measures above with 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
I've never used olive oil in a cookie before. Does it change the flavor much compared to shortening or butter?
You use what you've got a lot of and is local. Since we moved here, all the recipes that had butter in (never really used "shortening") have been replaced by oil. It makes less difference than you might think.

Ben says her rule of thumb is replace one ounce of butter with one fluid ounce of oil (slightly less oil in pastry than cake). Her cooking style generally is not ruled by measurement however. It all goes in a bowl until it "looks and feels right" -- this is obviously difficult to convey in a formal recipe ;-)