Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies aren't health food. I started out wanting to come up with my version of a healthy cookie. One that I could eat with abandon. But alas, it took me quite a few tries to realise that a low-fat cookie isn't going to taste like one that's laden with enough fat (butter). So I've gone back to baking 'normal' cookies, and eating in moderation.

(makes about 120 cookies)

■250g unsalted butter
■150g fine sugar
■50g light brown sugar or brown sugar
■¾ tsp salt
■1 egg
■2 tsp vanilla essence
■500g cake flour or Hong Kong flour
■2 tsp baking powder
■200g Hershey’s mini chocolate chips (available at Fairprice supermarkets  –  baking ingredients section)

1.Let butter stand at room temperature till soft.
2.Use a spoon to mash butter and mix it with fine sugar, light brown sugar and salt till well combined. Add egg and essence and mix well.
3.Sift flour and baking powder and mix well. Add to butter mixture and mix gently with a spoon for a few seconds. Add chocolate chips and mix gently till a dough is formed. Or you may use your bare hands to compress the mixture to make a dough.
4.Wrap dough tightly in a small clean plastic bag and chill in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
5.Line baking tray with baking/greaseproof paper. Pinch out teaspoons of dough and place on baking tray. Roll and press each piece flat with your palm.
6.Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 12 minutes till golden brown. (If using a fan oven, bake at 160 degrees Celsius.)

Note: If you do not have brown sugar, you may replace it with normal fine white sugar ( which means use a total of 150g + 50g = 200g white sugar). Though the cookies may be a little less flavourful, they will still taste delicious

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