11 May, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookies .....

"I am still convinced that a good, simple, homemade cookie is preferable to all the store bought cookies one can find" ~ James Beard .........

........... and Macademia and Pecan agree whole heartedly with that quote by James Beard.

The "by now" famous cookie jar was once again running low on fuel - if you want me to be exact - there was one lone cookie resting in the jar.  Not a good sign at all .....

In fact who was it that said it takes the armies of two countries to start a war ?  Whoever said that should see the effect of the existence of one lone cookie in the cookie jar and two hungry kids !!!!!!!!!

With my thoughts drifting towards war and the like, scenes of gore and bloodshed imprinting themselves vividly on my idle mind (ever heard the saying that an idle mind is a devil's workshop) ...... my wild thoughts swam rather desperately towards trying to avoid a "war like" situation. 

Omar Bradley once said, in his speech to the Boston Chamber of Commerce in 1948,


"The way to win an atomic war is to make sure it never starts."

"Let's bake some cookies .... and "Let's prevent war at home..." cried my idle mind.

The fridge and the freezer were confronted with the sight of a face with wide eyes, hands flying around like they had a life of their own ..... as the ingredients were plucked out of their nesting place within the fridge and laid out in a line on the kitchen counter.

All Purpose Flour, Brown Sugar, White Sugar, Butter, One lone egg, Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips, Salt, Baking Soda, Vanilla Extract ......... they all sat in a line ...... awaiting their turn to take the plunge into the mixing bowl.

The butter and sugar creamed, the egg added, the flour folded ....... the batter ready ....... and off went spoonfuls onto the baking sheet ....... the chocolate chips perched merrily on top of the little mounds of batter ..... and off they marched like an army into the oven.  

Here they are ......... homemade chocolate chip cookies ........







Please do pardon the poor quality of the pictures - as the good camera has travelled to London to visit the queen !!

How did they taste ?

According to Macademia and Pecan, they tasted super duper fabulicious !!!  So yeah, I guess they are good :).  While I bake the goodies, the responsibility of eating them is entrusted to the nutty siblings.  So I'll take their word for it :).

The base recipe for the above cookies can be found here.

Changes I made to the above recipe

1. A 1/2 cup of butter used instead of 1/2 cup of shortening

2. 1 1/4 cup (one and one quarter cup) plus 2 tbsps of All Purpose Flour used instead of the quantity mentioned in the recipe.

3. Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips were used instead of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips.

4. Since Milk Chocolate chips are sweeter than semi sweet chocolate chips, I reduced the quantity of white sugar to 1/4 cup as well.

5. The cookies were baked at 170 degrees celsius for about 10 minutes instead of the time and temperature mentioned in the recipe.




4 voice(s) said so:

B o o said...

yum! timely post, G. Ashus friend is coming over today and i was thinking of making muffins. now i want to try my hand at cookies. thanks. :)

mayG said...

OMG!!
*droooooooooools*
i want to eat them too :D

rrmom said...

looks yummy and seems easy to make. Should try it.

Aathira said...

I love baking.. and I used to make batches and batches of cookies and short breads for my brother when I used to go home for summer vacation during college days!