Cooking & Baking

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Gossip & Giggles with T!

It is very rare for me to actually be in a kitchen cooking and baking and that is something I really would like to change. The main idea behind this is me attempting to cook/bake a variety of dishes. Doing this by finding recipes and then adapting them to my taste buds; hopefully making something edible. I love trying new things, and as I am no expert in the kitchen I think this is great way to experiment.  Comment suggestions on what I should attempt to make and I will give everything a go.

This week I am cooking Double Chocolate Chip Cookies. Cookies are something I am very addictive to, they are my go too snack. I know they are not necessarily good for you, but what is good for you these days? I always find that I never have any cookies when I really want them. Sooo, being able to make them will allow me to have cookies all the time.

The cookies I would normally eat would be Maryland. They are by far my favourite snacks on earth. I was going to attempt to to make their Soft Centres crunchy cookies with a smooth Milk Chocolatey Filling but I thought I would be pushing it so I am going to stick with just the basic double chocolate chip cookies. I do highly recommend the Maryland Cookies though!

Just so you are aware I will be using just Chocolate Bars instead of Chocolate Chips. I will include how to make it with both! 

What you will need:

  • Unsalted Butter – 200g
  • Brown Sugar – 300g
  • Vanilla Extract -2 teaspoons
  • Eggs – 2 large
  • Self Raising Flour – 300g
  • Cocoa Powder – 80g
  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoons
  • Chocolate Chips – 300g OR Any bar of chocolate – 100g-300g (Your choice)

Cooking

What you need to do:

First, put your oven on to Gas Mark 4. Make sure it’s not higher because it doesn’t take long for these cookies to burn. You then need to get your two baking trays and lightly grease them.

Grab two bowls: In your large bowl mix 300g of brown sugar and 200g of unsalted butter. It’s easier when the butter is soft as it makes it easier to mix. You need to mix the sugar and butter together until you get a soft, fluffy texture. Then you need to add 2 eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla essences into the butter and sugar mixture; then mix it well.

In your second bowl you need to mix the 300g of self raising flour, 80g of cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon of of baking powder together. Once this is well mixed you will get a dark chocolate powdery mixture. 

Then gradually add the chocolate powdery mixture into the large bowl and then mix it well, I recommend adding around 1/4 at a time as it covers all the mixture. Once they are mixed evenly you will get a dark chocolaty texture, this is when you add your 300g of chocolate chips. (I chose to add just a dairy milk instead of chocolate chips) So because I added a normal chocolate bar I decided to cut the bar up into small pieces. You will need around 1 – 3 full bars of chocolate. I would recommend adding white chocolate as well as milk because it’s very hard to taste the milk chocolate with the amount of chocolate mixed in with the cookies.

Once the chocolate is cut up you need to add it to the mixture, and be sure to fold it in rather than mix so that the chocolate doesn’t break up. Folding also allows you to evenly spread it.

Then using a spoon place the mixture on the baking trays, make sure you  space them out because they do spread out. Put them in the oven for 10-12 mins – but make sure you keep an eye on them because they do cook quickly.

Cookies

My advice to everyone making these cookies is to 1) Don’t add more cocoa powder then needed because they get very dark and chocolaty. 2) Is to keep an eye on them because I luckily caught my cookies before they burnt!

There it is… My first cooking attempt. I think it was pretty successful and I will 100% definitely be making these again. Remember you can get these ingredients from anywhere and here is a link to the recipe I kind of followed – http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/6052/-chocolate-chip-cookies

But, for now that is all!

I hope you’ll stick around until next time!

I hope you enjoyed reading! Catch you next week with another blog,

Much Love,

– T  xo

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