Monday, October 17, 2011

Hummingbird Bakery's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Years back when I was job-seeking, I didn't have much to do at home, apart from sending out my CV and going out for job interview. It was really boring at home waiting for my potential employers to call...

My extreme boredom has prompted me to create an ideal cookie recipe by trial and error and in my Keroppi (*see below) notebook, I wrote "my favourite chocolate chip cookies: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 egg, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 1/4 cup plain flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking powder and 150g roughly chopped chocolate". Strangely, I was shocked to see that the chocolate chip cookies recipe from the book, The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf, is very similar to my experimental cookies. I was excited showing my husband the similarities and his eyebrows raised instantly with his skeptical look. For a second thought, my husband came to me later and said "Hey, where not bake these cookies again? I think that I really miss eating these cookies..." and here they are... 

I've baked the Hummingbird Bakery's version with chocolate chip and my version with chopped chocolate. We think that both versions taste quite the same but my son likes the Hummingbird Bakery's one more because they are sweeter with lesser amount of dark chocolate.

chocolate chip cookies Hummingbird bakery 

The Hummingbird Bakery's Chocolate Chip Cookies
My self-formulated Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here's the recipe from the book, The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook by Tarek Malouf
(with my version in blue)

Make 24

225g unsalted butter, at room temperature (250g)
350g soft light brown sugar (360g)
2 eggs (same)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract (same)
400g plain flour (375g)
1/2 tsp salt (same)
2 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda (2 tsp baking powder)
225g dark chocolate, roughly chopped (300g dark chocolate)

4 baking trays, lined with greaseproof paper

Preheat oven to 170°C. Put the butter and sugar in a free-standing electric mixer with a paddle attachment and cream until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well and scraping any unmixed ingredients from the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula after each addition. Turn the mixer down to slow speed and beat in the vanilla extract.

Add the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda and mix well until a smooth dough is formed. Stir in the chopped chocolate until evenly dispersed.

Arrange 6 equal amount of cookie dough on each prepared baking tray. Make sure that the cookies are spaced apart to allow for spreading while baking. Bake in preheated oven for about 10 min or until golden brown around the edges and quite flat. Leave the cookies to cool slightly on the trays before out onto wire cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies should be soft and chewy.

Note: Using 1/4 of each recipe, I've baked 18 medium sized Hummingbird Bakery's cookies and 28 medium sized my version of cookies.

*Keroppi is a Sanrio frog character with large eyes and a V-shaped mouth.

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  1. Looks great! I prefer your dark chocolate version, looks nicer.

  2. Yours has less flour, more butter, MORE chocolate. I LIKE!!!

  3. Yum. Every kids favourite cookie. ��

  4. Zoe, your chocolate chips cookies look delicious.

  5. just made me so craving for these. I've been so lazy to bake lately. Wish I can have some of yours. hehe....
    Hope you're having a great week ahead.
    Cheers, Kristy

  6. Zoe, i was a huge fan of Keroppi growing up...most of my stationery had him on it hahaha but I have sort of forgotten about him until now ;)
    i am sorta going thru the stage you went thru years ago (the whole job hunting thing) and have also been baking at lot in between :P the shape of these cookies look great and so delicious! ive only tried hummingbirds cupcake recipe and loved it!

    btw, thx for your comment about the potato flakes..will check out coles tmr ;)

  7. Your cookies looks delightful, Zoe! And I like your version better, it looks special and different from the other one!

  8. both look equally good! I'm just looking at your other choc chip cookies at the " link within" ..which one do you like most?

  9. Oh I love Keroppi!!! My girl last year had the school diary by Keroppi, so funny!!!LOL

  10. Great recipe yummilycious chocolate cookies,Thanks for sharing !!

  11. That looks delicious ! I love the speckled (like) pattern version you made :)

  12. Your version of the cookies looks and sounds delicious! (I'm loving the Keroppi too!)

  13. I prefer your version, looks different from the norm!

  14. Love the name of your cookies; I'm sure the kids enjoyed them; thanks for your visit.

  15. LOVE Hummingbird Bakery! These cookies look perfect and they're bookmarked - thanks!
    Mary x

  16. Who doesn't love good chocolate cookies! Those look irresistible!

  17. Gorgeous cookies..
    My daughter has been wanting to bake some choc chip cookies... and she is always *lost* which recipe to choose... I shall let her take a peek at this ;P

  18. Love the look for your self formulated recipe!

  19. Mmm... the chopped chocolate give the cookies a whole new look. Nice.

  20. Mmm! I love chocolate chip cookies anyway they are made! I also love that you perfected your cookies and then realized it was close to a published recipe. Nice! PS Thanks for all the great comments on my blog. It's helped so much during this busy month.

  21. I <3 Keroppi and chocolate chip cookies! It's always so satisfying when you come up with a recipe on your own that's easier or tastier than the commercial version. :). Yum!

  22. yum. I think I should make these they look really good.

    Yay, I'm excited to see you are doing cook like a star from Ree's recipes in 2013. I'm going to have to participate in one of the Bake-a-longs soon.

  23. Oh man I'm looking at your related content links and you have so many cookie recipes! I want to try them all! These both look beautiful and sound delicious. I like the speckled look of your cookies!

  24. Your cookies looks delicious, both look equally nice.