Chocolate chip biscuits and a hug

It was late and I had been lying next to my twelve year old lad with my arm draped over him. I stood and said good night, exhausted and ready to flop into the sweet comfort of bed and attempt some semblance of sleep.

Kid 2: Mum, could I please just have one more big proper hug?
Me: Oh mate, I just gave you a hug.
Kid 2: But this time I want a proper two-armed hug.
So, I leant down, scooped up his skinny little body and squeezed him hard. Cheek to cheek. I kissed him and told him I loved him.
As I stood to go he spoke these words to me.
‘I am so glad that I have your Mum hugs with me to go into the world. They make me feel strong and loved and special.’

Sometimes, I am grumpy, mean and tired. Sometimes, my children are grumpy, mean and tired. This motherhood gig isn’t always a lark. I am not whinging. I made my choice. I am also fully aware of all those women who have tried to become mothers and couldn’t, of mothers who mourn the loss of a child, of women who become stepmothers and all those in the sisterhood who have simply decided motherhood was not for them. Total respect and love to us all.

In the future, when feeling like everyone wants a piece of me, or the next time my children are feeling much the same way; I will think of the words from my ‘on the cusp of adolescence son’, take a deep breath, open my arms and just hug them.

These biscuits are on regular rotation in our household and are almost as good as a cuddle from a loved one. Using quality dark chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt elevates them just a little past the ordinary, to the very bloody good. Happy Mother’s Day to all of us mothers, in whatever form that may take.


125g butter
1/2 cup white caster sugar
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence (or 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder)
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 3/4 cups self-raising flour
125g dark chocolate chopped (or 125g chocolate chips)
1 tsp sea salt

Preheat oven to 180C and line two trays with baking paper.
Cream together butter, sugars and vanilla until light and fluffy. (I use a stand mixer for this.)
Add egg gradually, beating well after each addition.
Mix in sifted flour then add the chocolate (or chocolate chips) and stir through well.
I often let this dough rest for half an hour or so before baking but it doesn’t matter if you don’t.
Shape large teaspoons of mixture into balls and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Allow room for some spreading. Sprinkle a little sea salt atop each biscuit.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove the biscuits just as the edges start to colour so they don’t overcook and go too crunchy.
Makes about 15 to 20 biscuits, depending on how large you make them. (The photos in this post contain a double batch of these bikkies. Hence, the large amount.)

A recipe that a friend gave many years ago, slightly adapted.

Go here if you are looking for a gluten free chocolate chip biscuit recipe.

28 thoughts on “Chocolate chip biscuits and a hug

  1. I never have, and now never will be a mother, but I have a kind non-Yak Husband who eagerly/cheerfully submits himself to my GF baking experiments, and he too has favourites. For his sake alone, you understand, I feel I should probably try your GF version out, to go with the peanut butter choc chip cookies and the ginger snaps…

    • Ah, you are such a super kind wife, willing to sacrifice yourself on the altar that is GF baking. πŸ˜‚ But seriously, you are a sweet person, I love your charity quilting and the beautiful way you bring crafty people together. In my opinion, just another version of mothering.

      • I haven’t done quite my full share of nappy changing, but I am an aunt 17 times and a great aunt 5 times… So you could say I’ve seen the seamy underside of motherhood. But I cherish my status as eccentric and cool aunt!

  2. One of those moments that brings a tear to the eye of even a non-mom like myself. I suppose there will come a time when they are embarrassed to be hugged by Mom, so cherish the memories πŸ™‚ For me chocolate chip cookies are special because they are one of the first things I learned to bake. And they have the only batter I can’t resist eating raw.

  3. So lovely Lisa… a moment to keep tucked away in your heart forever. Always happy to try out a new choc chip cookie recipe – will whip some up later today! Happy Mother’s Day for yesterday! πŸ’

    • Thanks Margot. All goes too fast as you well known I keep trying new ones as well but this is a bit of a tried and true one. Happy Mothers Day to you as well, hope it was tops. 😊

  4. WP is playing silly buggers withholding posts from my reader. This one appeared 24hrs after you posted , but never mind I caught it. Just shows it’s better to be a real Mum than a super Mum. Hope you had a lovely day yesterday.

    • It might not be you as it seemed to not show up in the feed at first, then it mysteriously reappeared. I checked the time it posted and it was set up ok. Silly WP! For sure, real is better. Happy Mothers Day to you for yesterday as well. Hope it was a special day. Mine was lovely thanks.

  5. Adorable story and who doesn’t love a good chewy chocolate chip cookie like these ones? Looks delish and I think you deserve these for being a mom and for doing all that you do!

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