Hello honey bunch. Quick question? Have you baked any of these things? I hope the answer is “Yes Badi, every, single thing.”. Actually, that is the narrative that I choose to employ, baking every week using super expensive butter isn’t easy homes. Anyway, tomorrow is Valentine’s day and boy do I have an easy last-minute treat for you. Ok, so today we bake…
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES!!! My freaking favourite. These are also one of those things that I have been making for years with amazing responses all around, but recently, as in yesterday, it has come to my attention that some people have struggled with my super easy recipe, yea, I’m talking about you Kamo. Ok, I get it, not everyone is inclined to baking so hey, let me break this down and make sure that no one gets left behind. (side note, this is my weak ass attempt at a Valentines theme. I don’t fuck with valentines and I don’t fuck with themes, but I felt like this was a good idea for a last-minute gift idea to prove your love. So, this is my mad weak attempt but a good one none the less)
Ok, so as I said I’ve been making this recipe for years, but recently I decided to shift things up slightly, I felt like cherries may be a welcome addition to the batter and I think I was right. Room for improvement but still right on with those flavour’s. I will also detail how to make a basic chocolate chip is you are not about all of the fanciness which also makes sense. Ok hoe, let’s make this damn cookie.
What do I need baby?
1 cup unsalted butter 250 g
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups All Purpose Flour (55% Bread Flour and 45% cake flour)
1 teaspoon bicarbonate/baking soda
2 teaspoons hot water
½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups/ 250g chocolate chip cookies
125g drained and chopped maraschino cherries
How do I do it cherry
Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
Cream together butter and sugar until pale and fluffy
Beat in one egg at a time until just incorporated and then add and stir in vanilla extract
Separately, dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to butter mixture along with salt.
Gradually incorporate flour followed by Chocolate Chips then chopped Cherries.
Place on baking sheet to bake for 10-15 minutes or until sides and golden brown for chewy cookies or until the entire cookie is golden brown for crisp cookies.
What do you think sweetie?
Ok, so in this I have learned how contentious of a cookie chocolate chips are and man, it’s really not cute. The divide between soft vs crunch is real and really dangerous guys so I thought it best to provide all options for all schools of thought. I’m really not in the mood to be cussed out because of a cookie again. I will be breaking down this cookie in all the different ways it can be prepared for you in-order to not get into trouble and keep you all happy. Crunchy, soft, cherries and no classics, the differences ae very subtle so let’s go
Ok this is easy, if you want your cookie to be crispy, flatten the cookie slightly on the baking sheet. This allows heat to travel at an equal rate and bake the cookie evenly allowing for a uniform crunchy taste within the same amount of time. The 10 minutes is more of a guideline and you will have to keep an eye on the oven and the time to decide how golden and crunchy you want your cookies. Remember, the more time in the oven, the more crunch.
I honestly was just in the mood for a soft cookie. As a result, I just scooped and dropped the cookies onto the baking sheet and baked until the edges were golden brown. Perfect soft/chewy cookie formula. By allowing the heat to cook all bacteria out and keep an element of chewiness, I believe that this is an amazing cookie, but ok, I’m not trying to fight anyone.
If you want to add cherries just note that they will add sweetness and moisture, so this is what you need to do for both. Sweetness: dial back on the sugar as fruits have their own sugars in naturally and the syrup from the canning will also pull through. Cut back on the sugar by 2-3 tablespoons for balance. Moisture: if you like a chewy cookie, just keep to the recipe, if you like some crunch, adjust the flour portion to 60/40 to bread then cake flour and the tips above
Because this is obviously the best thing ever, just follow the instructions in the recipe, without the cherries. Congratulations, you are a winner.
Ok, those are all of the technical, now for the chats. Usually when I bake these, my sister insists on being the “sprinkler”. In short, this means she plays the SUPER important role of adding the chocolate chips to the mix, but on this day, this is all she did…
Pathetic, I know. BUT, eventually she did taste, and she did this…
Ok, so my sister liked them. She was literally bred to like me and everything I do, so what? Hey, she doesn’t always like nor compliment me, she can be really mean but hey, I get you, let’s look at more reliable and impartial sources to define if these things are nice
Me: “damn girl, these things are tasty. Let’s eat them all”
Melo (who doesn’t like sweet things): “where do you think you are going with my cookie? Nigga these are nice.”
Everyone in my office: “can I have another one?”
Zahn’s husband: “These are the best things I have ever tasted in my life. How have I lived this long without them????” Ok, that’s a lie, he didn’t say that. He just had two in immediate succession, but I feel like his spirit gave me more detail.
Pretty: “Euw I hate them.” This is serious guys, she hated them because of the texture. She’s a strict crunchy cookie lover. Oh well, there will always be one.
So, guys in short, even you can do these, just employ patience and effort. Hell, if worst comes to worst ask me questions and I will be more than happy to help you out.
So, yea boo. Just get to baking these “Valentines treats” and let me know how things have gone for you. Feedback is fun guys.
Keep baking honey boo.