Friday, August 1, 2014

Classic Chocolate-Chip Cookies







Chocolate-chip cookies is the one thing that I could make over and over and rest assured that they will disappear in no time! :) My kids just love it! My sister-in-law and her kids are visiting us and I figured what better than home-made chocolate chip cookies. I made huge batch, one big container of big ones and one cookie jar of small ones for my little one. My son the minute he saw the little jar, he goes.. "Cookies".. "Mommy cookies, baby cookies!" ; Referring to the big and small cookies!The cookie jar was half-empty by that night and within 2 days of making them, they were all gone and become a part of history:)! Here is the classic chocolate chip recipe from Nestlé:



Servings: makes about 60 cookies


Ingredients:


Flour: 2 1/4 cups
Baking soda:1 tsp
Salt: 1 tsp
Butter: 1 cup, at room temperature.
Brown sugar: 1 1/2 cups
Vanilla essence: 1 tsp
Eggs: 2 large, beaten.
Chocolate chips: 1 cup

Method:



In a bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, using an electric mixer, mix together the butter, sugar and vanilla essence until creamy.

Add the beaten eggs and mix well.

Slowly add in the flour mixture little by little. Mix well.



Stir in the chocolate chips.






Cover the batter with cling film and freeze it for at least an hour.

Preheat the oven to 375 deg F.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.

Using a ice cream scoop, drop spoonful of dough onto the cookie sheet 2 inches apart.



Place the cookie sheet on the center rack of the oven and bake for 9-11 minutes depending on your oven.

Check for doneness using the toothpick test. When the toothpick is inserted into the center of the cookie and it comes out clean, then the cookie is done!


Let the cookies cool on the cooling rack for 5-10 minutes.


Once completely cooled,store the cookies in an airtight container.




Enjoy with a cold glass of milk or just like that! :)



Cooking made easy:


Freezing the cookie dough makes for cookies with desired thickness. The dough balls when placed on the cookie sheet tend to spread out making the cookie large but thinner. Freezing the dough minimizes this phenomenon.

I generally tend to make a huge batch of batter ( like above) and freeze half of it for future use. This way I have fresh cookies any time the kids desire!


Tip for healthy living:


Limit the amount of sugar in your daily diet. Use natural sugars like palm sugar, jaggery, honey, molasses,coconut sugar whenever possible. It is much healthier.
References:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/dangers-of-sugar_b_3658061.html
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-effects-of-sugar
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/20/sugar-dangers.aspx
http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/weird-effects-sugars-having-your-body

Food for thought:


Be mindful when it comes to your words. A string of some that don't mean much to you, may stick with someone else for a lifetime. Rachel Wolchin