Blessed Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Joyous 2011!
So recently I added another 'gadget' to my collection of 'gadgets'. This gadget does not come from the Ikea family instead I got it from a small shop known as The Kitchen at Tropicana Mall. You see I've been wanting a Cookie Sheet for a while now. Yes, the flat metal pan which cookies are baked in.
The one I had didn't get along with me. I tried baking cookies with that a couple of times and they always turned out burnt at the bottom. So I wanted a new one which I believed would yield better results. And boy was I right!
So here is said cookie sheet with Christmassy frame. I put it to the test the day after I bought it. I turned to one of the recipe books I had won back in October to try out something from there.
Chocolate Chip Cookies (makes about 30 cookies)
What you need:
180g plain flour (sifted)
1 tsp baking powder (sifted)
80g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
100g chocolate chips
70g chopped walnuts
What to do in 4 easy steps:
Pre-heat oven to 180C. Grease your cookie sheet or baking tray.
Put butter and sugar in mixing bowl. Be sure butter is soft and at room temperature which means remove from fridge at least 20-30 minutes in advance.
Cream with mixer until light and fluffy like this:
Add egg and vanilla essence and continue beating. Mix in sifted flour and baking powder and continue to beat.
Mix in chocolate chips and walnuts to the batter.
Note: I recently made this Classic Chocolate Cake for my sister's birthday and had some leftover dark chocolate. So instead of using chocolate chips, I just chopped up the dark chocolate to bits and used them instead.
This is what I had:
I chopped it up to bits (with small chunks), added in the chopped nuts and mixed with a spatula.
Drop dough with a teaspoon on a greased baking tray.
Bake at 180C for 15 to 20 minutes. I baked mine for 15 minutes only.
Allow cookies to cool on a wire rack.
#1: You can omit the walnuts, but if you don't wish to, then pre-roast the walnuts first in a preheated oven at 160C for about 8-10 minutes (before mixing in with batter).
#2: Drop only a teaspoon full of batter on the baking tray. Otherwise the cookies would turn out quite large. I prefer my cookies smaller in size.
The crunchiness of the cookies was just right! Also they were not too sweet.
They go great dunked in a mug of steaming hot coffee!!
Happy Holidays all!