Sunday, October 17, 2010

Mini Cookies

I've had a long week and next week is due to be even longer and harder. I think we all know how this feels. Well half way through the week I was looking through Tastespotting and I discovered this lovely blog, with it's beautiful pictures - 
These cookies reminded me of the delicious mini cookies I used to buy from Wawa, when I was living in PA, and thus the cravings began. The BF will attest to the fact that I spent the rest of the night moaning about how much i wanted these cookies, nothing, nothing looked as good as these cookies did. I knew then exactly what I would be baking for this week's blog.I adapted this recipe from the Chewy one cookie recipe of Alton Brown's Good Eats fame. I have done this recipe a few times and it needs special adaptation for size in my opinion. Hence my choices below

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

150g Butter melted
125g Demerara Sugar
1tsp Vanilla Extract
200g Plain Flour/bread Flour(ala Alton Brown's Chewy one)
1tsp salt
2 egg yolks beaten with 2tsp of milk

Mix your melted butter and your sugar together until you have a paste consistency. Add the vanilla extract at this point. Then add your egg mixture, flour and salt slowly stirring constantly. Chill this mixture in the fridge for an hour.
Remove the mixture from the fridge and preheat your oven to 200'. Allow the mixture 10 mins or so to soften as the oven heats up and then use either a melon baller or your fingers to make tiny balls about half an inch in diameter. I put these balls directly onto the grease-lined cookie tray, without squashing them. As in my last cookie recipe this comes later.

The difficult part of this recipe is the cooking time. I could recommend 8 minutes but it all depends on your cookie size. You really, really have to watch these cookies and the minute they appear browned around the edges and solid in the middle take them out. Leave them on the cookie sheet for an extra 3-4 minutes and squash them down. After 5 minutes move them to a cooling rack.

Then enjoy them with milk, tea, or coffee.


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