Top tip! These cookies are delightfully crunchy when made with caster sugar, but you can use half caster and half soft brown sugar if you want a chewier cookie!
Love Maryland cookies? Make your own with this simple recipe by Great British Bake Off's Val Stones for Stannah.
Brought to you by Val Stones
- 550g (1lb 2oz) plain flour
- 14g (½ oz) baking powder
- 6g (1 tsp) bicarbonate of soda
- 225g (8oz) caster sugar
- 225g (8oz) margarine
- 115g (4oz) chocolate chips
- 250g (9oz) golden syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas Mark 5. Prepare two baking sheets.
Sieve the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Add the sugar and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the chocolate chips.
Add the syrup and vanilla extract and stir in with a knife. When it begins to come together, knead the mixture by hand.
Weigh out 40g (1½ oz) of the mixture for each cookie, form into a round and place on the baking tins, leaving plenty of space between the biscuits because they spread. Flatten slightly with a palette knife.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
Leave on the baking sheet to firm up for a minute or two before placing on a cooling rack to cool.
Once cool, pack any leftover biscuits into an airtight tin; they will keep for several days, and they will also freeze, though they are better fresh.