I’ve been craving for sugary things a lot more lately. I never used to. Savoury was always my option although desserts were welcomed as a post-dinner cleanser or accompaniment to tea and coffee. There were however, more of an eye candy for me. Perhaps it’s because I’ve been mentally and physically drained lately (can you imagine that even though I’m not working full time?) and need the sugars to keep me energetic. Or maybe it was the cold weather that has affected my appetite and various cravings. Whatever it is, you can expect a little more dessert recipes on the blog in the near future perhaps.
One of my baking endeavours lately has been choc chip cookies. It’s such a classic and favourite sweet to go with a cup of hot aromatic tea. Even though I say this, I actually used to dislike cookies, but it’s only the hard and dry varieties that I wouldn’t touch. The gooey centred and slightly chewy cookies such as the ones from Mrs Fields is a different story altogether.
My father has a strange addiction to eating cookies, even though he doesn’t like sweet things in general. If I ever offered him cakes or chocolates, he would undoubtedly shake his head without a hint of hesitation (unless if it’s not very sweet). So I’m not sure why he loves cookies so much. He would eat them one after one with a cup of tea or coffee and before long, a whole pack of 24 is gone. He’d eat them when he’s feeling peckish, when he’s bored and when he just feels like eating one.
However, I don’t think my cookie loving father would actually like eating my choc chip cookies. Odd I know.
I made a bit too many cookies for Yuye and I to eat and there’s still cookies left from that batch…
Soft & chewy choc chip cookies
Makes about 24
• 150g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
• 1.5 cups plain flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 50g caster sugar
• 150g brown sugar
• 2 eggs
• pinch of salt
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 160C.
2. Mix butter and sugar in a medium bowl, until completely mixed through and smooth (butter needs to be soft but not runny)
3. Add in egg, vanilla extract and salt and whisk on low until light and fluffy and completely mixed.
4. Sift flour and baking powder into the bowl and mix until combined.
5. Finally, mix through chocolate chips until roughly evenly spread.
6. Line a baking tray with baking paper, place cookie dough in tablespoon sized balls, roughly 3cms apart from each other.
7. Bake in the oven for roughly 15minutes or until golden, the edges are crispy but the centre is still soft.
8. Cool on the baking tray for 5 minutes, then cook completely on a wire rack. Serve with a cup of milk, tea or coffee.
Question time:How do you like your cookies, with a soft centre and gooey or do you like them thin and crunchy?