McColl's Best-Ever Thick Chocolate Chip cookies
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It's coming to that time of day where before a delicious heavy meal in the evening, there is that lovely snack period called tea time. Just having a nice cup of coffee (or tea on the rare occasions) brings a sense of calm to a busy day, taking you to a place where you can contemplate your thoughts. Although with my coffee I must have a biscuit or cookie. For as long as I can remember , it's been a ritual of mine to have cookies/ biscuits with my coffee at tea time, so much so that my close friends bought me a biscuit tin for my 21st full of homemade cookies, having realised my love for them. True love right there. When there is no from of any sweet indulgence at teatime its strange, which was the case yesterday afternoon . So this was when I took the initiative and made of my favourite cookies, chocolate chip.
Initially I only had one recipe for chocolate chips cookies, but now I have found several recipes that are all delicious and equally easy to make. However this recipe is the simplest. There is no complicated method and it doesn't take very long to make. These chocolate chip cookies are quite thick which is great because it wont crumble everywhere and they don't have that much sugar, the chocolate chips even out the balance of sugar. Although I wouldn't necessarily call these chocolate chunk cookies, the overall texture is more of biscuit (which is hard) than a cookie (which is soft), but yet I'm guessing it maybe would be soft if it was left overnight in the fridge (which is missed whilst reading the instructions). The recipe I found is by Sarah McColl, and is aptly titled the "Best- Ever Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chunk Cookies" http://us.lifestyles.qa1p.global.media.yahoo.com/shine-food/best-ever-thick-chewy-chocolate-chunk-cookies-144100966.html. I would say that they are great but I would not necessarily deem it the best I have ever had.
Before diving into the baking process, I must select some music. I enjoy listening to music whilst baking, it takes me to a happy place and gets me in the baking zone. Today was quite nostalgic and thought of going back a couple of years. This PLAYLIST are of songs that resonate with my childhood, specifically played during Sunday lunches with family friends. After we ate to our hearts content, we put on some music and danced.
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 sticks butter (equivalent to 16 tablespoons) unsalted butter
1 ¾ cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F, Gas mark 5), and grease the cookie sheets (or baking trays) with butter.
2. In a small mixing bowl, whist together flour, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
3. Using an electrical mixer, cream the butter with the sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy for about 3-5 minutes. Then add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.
4. Add the vanilla extract and mix.
5. By hand (with a spoon or spatula) stir in the dry ingredients until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips until incorporated.
6. Using to two small teaspoons, form dough balls and place them on prepared cookie sheets. (According to the recipe it states that you should leave it overnight in the fridge, however I just put them straight in the oven and they came out perfect! You can do either or)
7. Bake for 10-13 minutes, until they are golden brown around the edges and puffy in the center. Let the cookies cool a few minutes on baking sheet before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Depending if you’re a sweet tooth, these cookies/biscuits can easily be devoured within days.
Thanks for reading, hope your baking experience was as eventful as mine! Remember Good Food = Good Mood.