Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Chocolate Chip cookies

I thought for my first baking blog, it is only suitable to make a classic cookie..the chocolate chip cookie. There are different variations of this recipe, to make it big and chunky, thin and crispy, with nuts, etc etc, but regardless of the million varieties, it all comes down to the basic recipe. I've tried several different recipes but it all comes down to..

the recipe from the back of the Nestle bag! :) to start, turn on your oven to 375 degrees.

Beat the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla together until creamy.

Add eggs, one at a time beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels (and nuts if desired).

Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. I like to use 1.5 inch scooper like this,

it makes for more uniform cookies! I also use regular aluminum pans and parchment paper to bake cookies. It allows the cookies to bake without spreading out too much in the oven.

you bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then move to wire racks to cool completely.

Sorry these pictures aren't professional..yet. :)

Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups Nestle Semi Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

-Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
-Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beach butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
-Gradually beat in flour mixture.
-Stir in morsels and maybe nuts :P
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets
-Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.
-Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes, then remove to wire racks to cool completely
-Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

easy, ENJOY!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Starting it up! I am, attempting to blog again. I used to do it, when I went on trips to keep my friends updated, or just about random stuff..but that was a couple of years ago. Recently I've had a lot of time on my hands and have been trying to pick up my baking. I am a PO, but my real passion is baking. I have a huge sweet tooth and my baking came from just that-to satisfy my own cravings. Now it's become to find the best recipes, to perfect them and to make them cute and fun. Well...I've only really started baking, my I have it so much bigger in my head..does that make any sense. In any case, my neighbor suggested that I started a baking blog, to share my adventures and get some feedback. It kind of reminded me of that movie "Julie and Julia" where this chick Julie in present day gets Julia Child's cookbook and cooks every recipe from it from beginning to end, and blogs about it. Well, I guess this is my interpretation. But with baking. And not from one specific cookbook, but in search of different recipes that turn out the best. I recently bought Martha Stewart's cupcake book and was going to go through that, but the few recipes I've tried, they've only been okay, so I've nixed the baking through an entire cook book idea. I hope you all enjoy, I also love to share and get feedback, so whomever is near, come by and TASTE!! Thanks Jerome for this idea :D come over anytime for a treat!!