Carelessly-made Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – A Barn Owl Recipe

One of the things that the Barn Owl loves doing with the kids is making chocolate chip cookies. It is just tons of messy fun for him.

I am always amazed by the careless way that the Barn Owl follows (or doesn’t follow) recipes, generally doing everything by approximation and haphazardly slinging ingredients into the mixing bowl – and it always turns out tasting delicious!

Here is the Barn Owl’s chocolate chip cookies recipe. These cookies are a favourite in our household – slightly crisp on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth chewy on the inside!

Little E is a Cookie Monster!

Little E is a Cookie Monster!

The Barn Owl’s Carelessly-made Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


Barn Owl’s advisory note #1: Don’t bother to accurately measure anything

  • 2 1/4cups of plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • Most of a block of unsalted butter (about 225-250g or 1 cup)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips

    Barn Owl’s advisory note #2: If you have no dark chocolate chips, get a bar of dark chocolate and smash it to pieces with a hammer. Or a mallet. Whatever.

  • Baking sheet
  • Greaseproof paper


  1. Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs together until smooth and you can’t see the sugar anymore
  2. Add flour and baking soda and mix together until you can’t see the flour anymore
  3. Eat some of the chocolate chips or chocolate pieces
  4. Stir in the rest of the chocolate chips or chocolate pieces.
  5. Refrain from eating raw cookie dough – it’s bad for you
  6. Line baking sheet/tray with greaseproof paper
  7. Using a tablespoon, dish out spoon sized portions of cookie dough and drop onto the tray with each lump of dough about 2 inches apart
  8. Bake in oven for 8-10 minutes
  9. Remove from oven and cool for 1-2 minutes before eating (or scarf them down straight away – whatever works for you!)

Tasty tasty tasty!


24 thoughts on “Carelessly-made Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies – A Barn Owl Recipe

  1. Mmm crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside is just the way I love my choc-chip cookies too! He’s a genius to come up with his own recipe that works so well! I love his practical steps to mix things until you can’t see them anymore hahaha

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • I know, right? He doesn’t even bother using measuring cups and spoons but I persuaded him to do so for this recipe just so I could approximate the amounts he used. There’s a lot of leeway in the recipe because even his method of measuring is inconsistent!

  2. Chewy chocolate chip cookies sound heavenly! Haha I love the advice “don’t bother to measure anything accurately”, lol! We made cookies for the hubby’s birthday this year and the girls had lots of fun! I need to do this again soon, thanks for sharing the recipe! =)

  3. Its clearly a man’s thing.. We dont read the instructions, we just take it out and figure our way out. That’s the thrilling thing and we get a kick out of it!

  4. Oooooooh. I wish my husband can cook and bake cos I love to eat! This chocolate chip cookies recipe looks pretty simple to follow! The “eat some of the chocolate chips” is exactly what I would do. Will try this some day soon! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love your advisory notes, especially #1. Hehe don’t bother to measure anything accurately. Anything that requires accuracy in baking gets to me…and gosh.. slightly crisp on the outside and melt-in-the-mouth chewy cookies – those are I love my cookies to be!

  6. I like your points 3 & 5..lolz! Planning to bake with my boy soon..keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t get too messy >.^

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