Just a quick little post to remind people that indeed, in France, one can make delicious chocolate chip cookies without the brown sugar and without the baking soda.
Yesterday I made.. well.. I was lazy so I made a 'chocolate chip pie' which is just cookie dough, shoved into a glass quiche pan and baked. Like a giant cookie.
Here's the recipe I used that actually turned out quite nice:
Chocolate Chip Cookies in France
1 & 1/4 cup flour (specifically 'farine patisserie')
150 grams of butter
1 teaspoon baking powder (aka poudre levure chimique, available in all stores)
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring OR 1 packet vanilla sugar (little packets in the store called, 'sucre de vanille', sold next to the levure chimique)
3/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup cassonade (which is like natural sugar)
*1 bar baking chocolate (sold next to normal chocolate) chopped into small chunks
pinch of salt
It makes about 24 cookies..
-Preheat the oven to 190, if it's a convention microwave do 220.
-Blend the butter (soften it first), the egg, the sugar products, the salt and the vanilla in a bowl until creamy
-Add in the flour/baking powder (ensure it's been combined first without liquid, then add, about 1/4 cup at a time)
-Once combined, if looks to wet, add 1/4 cup flour or so to even out the texture
-Add in the chopped chocolate, stir around
-Put in fridge with plastic wrap for one hour
-Take tablespoon size portions in mounds, onto a greased baking plate
Bake 10-12 minutes, checking every few minutes..
*Note: France does not have chocolate chips. You'll have to use the baking chocolate because it melts easier, and ensure you chop it. Doesn't have to be perfect, big chunks made delicious surprises