Sunday, September 19, 2010

Secondly, cookies!!!

Since this blog is entitled TV and Cookies it seems only right that the first recipe should be cookies, well sorry but the second one is. My favourite type of cookies are the gooey, chewy ones. The cookies in M&S are a perfect example. It have been searching for years to find the right recipe though.
On the one end there are the overly fatty gooey cookies, they feel greasy and taste of butter. The other end is the cakey cookie; airy, dry and to my tastes, disgusting.
I recently made another oatmeal cookie that called for baking soda dissolved in hot water, which I wasn't used to using, surely this would raise the cookie, not in small amounts though. Those oatmeal cookies are now famous among my bf's friends, or infamous for being too irresistible.
I decided to attempt a chocolate chip cookie with the baking soda and the results were interesting.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (1), yes I plan on doing multiple versions of these

250g Brown/Demerara sugar
300g Plain floor
Pinch of salt
1tsp Baking Powder dissolved in 2tbsp warm water
250g Butter melted
2 egg yolks
100ml Milk
1 tsp Vanilla extract
150g Chocolate chips

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees. Mix together your flour,salt and sugar. Add the melted butter, eggs, milk and vanilla extract and stir to combine. Then add your baking soda water mixture, stir and let this sit for a few minutes before adding your chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture on to a greased cooking sheet. I like to use an ice-cream scoop to ensure the cookies are even, plus it's what they do on the food network ; )
Bake the cookies for 8 -12mins but keep a close eye on them. As soon as the cookies have browned remove them from the oven and put the cooking sheet on a wire rack. Some recipes call for the cookies to be immediately removed from the sheet but I like to let these ones sit for up to 8 minutes for a little extra cooking on a lower heat.There is also the crucial stage. For these cookies I let them cool for 3 - 4 minutes and then squash them with the back of a spatula. The crispy upper layer will split slightly to reveal the gooey deliciousness inside.
That's it and then the only difficult part is dealing with the complaints from people who can't stop eating your cookies and blame you for this. Enjoy....

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