Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies in the oven

Chocolate chip Cookies !

I have been thinking of chocolate chip cookies. I have never really made cookies so I thought that it would be nice to try. ( Do not ask why.... but cookies are so simple.. just wonder where I was previously).

The Running group is meeting for the usual Sunday run. So I thought that cookies would be a good after-run snack.

This is a simple recipe from Joyofbaking ( which you will notice by now my favourite site for recipes).

2 sticks (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated white sugar
3/4 cup (160 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups (295 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (270 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup (100 grams) walnuts
or pecans, coarsely chopped (optional0 I omitted since I have no nuts at home)

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) with rack in center of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

3. In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the white and brown sugars and beat until fluffy (about 2 minutes). Beat in eggs, one at a time, making sure to beat well after each addition. Add the vanilla and beat until incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed

4. Add the flour mizture to the egg mixture and beat until incorporated, adding the chocolate chips and nuts (if using) about half way through mixing. If you find the dough very soft, cover and refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes).

5. For large cookies, use about a 2 tablespoon ice cream scoop or with two spoons, drop about 2 tablespoons of dough (35 grams) onto the prepared baking sheets.

6. Bake about 12 - 14 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges. Cool completely on wire rack.


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