Saturday, January 30, 2010

Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies

I was recently asked by a colleague to suggest a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe, here's my favorite of the 'simple' recipes I've tried.


2/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp milk
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 cup chocolate chips.

Whip the butter and sugar together, then add in the eggs and beat well. In a second bowl combine the dry ingredients. Make sure to thoroughly mix together the flour, baking soda and powder.

Add the dry ingredients, milk, and vanilla into the butter , sugar, and egg mixture. Beat until dough is consistent.

You may now preheat your oven to 375F. Drop teaspoon full amounts of dough onto greased or lined cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. This recipe should yield between three to four dozen cookies.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

Monday, January 11, 2010

Chewy Molasses Crinkle Cookies

These cookies remind me a lot of gingerbread cookies, however these are softer and more chewy.

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup white sugar for sprinkling on cookies
2 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt

To make the batter start by mixing the butter and both sugars in a mixing bowl. Once blended smooth add in the eggs, followed by the oil and molasses.

Next you can add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and salt. When this is all thoroughly mixed you can pour the batter into a smaller bowl and wrap with plastic wrap, then place it in the fridge for a few hours to chill.

With the batter chilled you can now start preparing the oven, set it to 325F. Prepare your cookie tray by covering them with parchment paper, then drop small balls of batter spaced about three inches apart. Please note that these cookies really spread out as they are baked, so try to make the drops small and widely spaced apart. Baking should take about 16 to 18 minutes. Around half way through the baking process you can sprinkle some white sugar over the cookies, this will caramelize and give the cookies a nice finish.

Hope you enjoyed this recipe!