Friday, 31 May 2013

Quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie: Cookie #1

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THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE

Let's begin... You know how chocolate chip cookies are one of those things that are so common that you've probably had about a thousand in your life (unless, for some obscure reason you don't like chocolate chip cookies...?), and yet really good ones are hard to come by? So, when we searched the internet for the best chocolate chip cookie recipes, too many unfiltered search results came out so we came to a (the only possible) solution: we had to embark on a quest in search of the best recipe. So soon to come, you will find a string of chocolate chip cookie recipes as we explore the proportions of a good, soft, chewy melty chocolate chip cookie, and the result, hopefully, will be gratifying. 

Posted by Nicole: 

I've probably used this recipe more than 10 times, ever since I started baking during my secondary school days. Every time I'm craving for some chocolate pastry (and especially when I'm busy or just too lazy), I'll turn back to this darling recipe :-) The satisfaction does not only come from biting into those yummy cookies, but tasting the unbaked cookie dough or smelling the aroma of the cookies while it is baking.

There are two types of chocolate chip cookies - the chewy one (Something like Subway cookies or Mrs.Field) and the crunchy one (like Famous Amos cookies). As you can probably already tell, I love the chewy type. The flavours simply resonates and lingers in your mouth as you chew. To me, the crunchy ones are too dry. I have yet to taste a delicious crunchy cookie. Please recommend if you know of any!



Apart from using the dough to only make cookies, I've used this recipe to make cake pops too. I crunched the cookies after it baked for a bit, before rolling them into balls and placing them on a stick. I can't find the exact recipe online, but this one is close enough: Cake Pop Recipe. I'm sure we can do a lot more with that dough, so do experiment!

If you don't know what cake pops look like, here they are! Photo credits to 1finecookie.com
Without further ado, the recipe ~~

1. Mix the dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt (if you're using unsalted butter)

2. In a separate bowl, cream wet ingredients - butter and sugar - using an electric whisk
3/4 melted unsalted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar

3. In a small bowl, mix the following ingredients. Mix in with the wet ingredients portion by portion. Ensure that it is well mixed after every portion.
1 tblspn vanilla extract/paste/flavour
1 large egg
1 egg yolk

4. Similarly, mix in dry ingredients portion by portion, and ensure that its well mixed after every portion.
5. Fold in 2 cups chocolate chips (I mixed white chocolate chips too!)
6. Freeze for 1 hour, scoop onto baking tray and bake under a temperature of 180ÂșC for 13-15 mins

Love, Nicole

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