Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Baking... It's science for hungry people!

And not in the very precise, measured exactly sense. More in the throw things in a pot, mix it up, bake it and hope for the best trial-and-error sense. Today I have been mixing up some deliciousness in the shape of cookies. Seven dozen of 'em. I would have made more, but I ran out of places to put them. And yes, some are stashed in my tummy. :) I may also have been bitten by the Star Wars bug (my viking will be so proud) having watched all the movies in the last 24 hours...
Cookies Mk I - Chocolate Chip and Rebel Cookies

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups AP flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  1. Cream butter and sugars.
  2. Sift flour, baking soda and salt together. Set aside.
  3. Add egg and vanilla to buttery mixture. 
  4. Spoon flour into butter, mixing until combined.
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix until just blended.
  6. Spoon onto cookie ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake at 350 F for 7-10 minutes, until the edges turn slightly golden brown.
  8. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for a couple of minutes, then transfer to cooling racks. 
  9. Skip dinner and go straight to cookies. 
If you prefer a little more Empire and little less rebel alliance in your cookies, use 1 1/4 cups AP and 1/4 cup cocoa. 
If like me you can't decide which side of the Force to be on, and want a little light in the dark, sub half of the chocolate chips for mini marshmallows (weirdly, they work best if the packet has been left open a little too long and the marshmallows are almost unappetisingly dry.) 
I like mine with a large mug of tea, a most civilised approach to snacking...