Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Knowing my family with lots of cookies baking...

Welcome 2012! Looking back, year 2011 has been a bakerholic year for me.

Even since I've started this blog, I've been exploring lots of recipes and wouldn't miss out trying out any good recipes. Through blogging, I have tried understanding my family's likes and dislikes and encourage my family to explore new taste and different food culture.

I always thought my family likes the classic plain chewy chocolate chip cookies, made with brown sugar for buttery soft cookies texture. For my blog and curiosity, I've stepped out of my assumptions and discovered lots of different cookies recipes which create a wide variety of textures and flavours.

Here are some great cookies recipes that I've baked last year but didn't have a chance to post them before 2011 ends.

For the first two recipes, I was comparing the difference in amount of butter and sugar composition that affect the taste and texture of both crispy and chewy cookies. Everything in the recipe is the same except for the proportion of butter, sugar and milk. I'm amazed with the results. My husband and son were pacing behind me when I was baking these cookies and got really excited when they were asked to do the taste test...and the winner is not surprisingly the CRISPY cookies! Clearly, the higher butter and sugar content in the crispy cookies give them a better crunch and taste! I should have know! LOL.

Another of our family's favourite is these very-chocolatey soft cookies. These cookies are named Better-than-Brownie-Cookies but I prefer to name them as my husband's favourite cookies. These cookies are so easy to make and I've baked these more than a couple of times. Every now and then, I receive requests from him and his colleagues for these cookies.

 
 
My husband's fav chocolate cookies
With soft chocolatey inside...
Here's the recipes of a few of our favourite cookies. 
(with my modifications in blue)

Crispy vs chewy chocolate chip cookies from the supplement issue of Better Home and gardens, Better Basic with Fast Ed (2010)


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Ingredients
Crispy
Chewy
Unsalted butter, softened
375g
350g
Caster sugar
275g
110g
Brown sugar
150g
180g
Vanilla extract
1 tsp
1 tsp
Eggs
2
2
Milk
1/4 cup
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Plain flour
325g (I use 350g)
350g
Bicarbonate of soda
(I use baking powder)
1 tsp
1 tsp
Milk chocolate
(I use chocolate chips)
200g
200g
Nuts, finely chopped
(I use macadamia in half to preserve its crunch)
120g (I use 140g)
150g (I use 140g)
make
36 (I made 85!)
36 (I made 72!)

1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease oven trays and line with baking paper.
2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on high for 3-4 min or until light and creamy. Add vanilla, eggs and milk and beat until smooth.
3. Sift flour and bicarb into the mixture. Do not over-mix. Fold in chocolate and nuts.
4. Drop tablespoonful (I use teaspoonful) of dough onto the prepared tray, allowing for spreading. Bake for 20-25 min (Crispy) (teaspoonful takes about 10-15 min) or 12-14 min (Chewy) (teaspoonful takes about 8-10 min) or firm to touch. Cool completely on wire racks.

My husband's fav chocolate cookies from Technicolorkitchen and she called these cookies Better-than-Brownie-Cookies.

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1 1/3 cups (233g) dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids or more, chopped (I use 200g)
2 tbsp (28g) unsalted butter, room temperature 
(It's such a small amount that I've used low fat margarine and it works all the time!)
2 eggs (I use just 1 egg)
2/3 cup (134g) sugar (I use 100g brown sugar)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup (35g) all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup (175g) dark chocolate chunks or chips (I use only 120g of chocolate chip)

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Line two large baking sheets with baking paper.
Melt the chocolate with the butter in a small saucepan over low heat – stir constantly until smooth. (I use microwave to melt the chocolate and butter)

Set aside to cool for 5 min. Mix eggs, vanilla and sugar in a medium bowl. Combine thoroughly. Set aside.

Sift flour and baking powder together in a small bowl.

Add melted chocolate mixture to the egg mixture and slowly add your dry ingredients. When stirred, add chocolate chunks/chips and stir.

Scoop 1 1/2 tbsp of dough onto prepared sheets. Bake for 10-12 min or until they are firm on the outside (dough loses its sheen). Leave to cool completely on sheets.

Makes about 18

Happy Baking.

28 comments:

  1. Love all that cookies ! I promised myself that this year , I won't over-mix my cookie dough hahaha The cookie chart's a great help ! Happy 2012 , Zoe !!!

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  2. I love how you did the comparison for making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. I made chocolate chip for my 4 sons for years and the Crispy is a favourie at our place.
    Rita

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  3. Hi Zoe, wow...the first cookies I see this morning & I haven't take my breakfast. Your chocolate chips cookies look delicious, can I have some.LOL
    Happy new year to you and family and wish you all the best in 2012.

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  4. You just made crave for chewy cookies at 1AM in the morning. I haven't made cookies for a while. I haven't plunge myself in understanding the art of making cookies. Your post is definitely a keeper.

    Happy New Year Zoe.

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  5. Happy New Year to you! I LOVE cookies, especially with chocolate and my favorite is chewy so send them my way, they look delish! The btb cookies look awesome too, try throwing in some dried cherries and a little espresso sometime and see if your husband likes that...its my favorite combo.
    Tonya @ www.alagraham.com

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  6. I have a split personality -- I like crispy edges and chewy middles. One way to get them is to bake a soft cookie dough part way, cool it, then rebake it.

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  7. Love them both! Crispy, chewy and in between. Yum! Happy New Year and looking forward to yummy things!

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  8. Somehow, I can never get my chocolate cookies right, they are either burnt (the chocolates are dark so I can't tell if they are cooked!), underbaked (same reason!) Hence, I have not tried baking any for a number of years now... maybe it's time to try one more time huh! Thanks for sharing your recipe:)

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  9. Happy New Year to you & your family too, Zoe! I guess we all blogger momsies are getting more & more bakerholic these days. ha... It keeps us busy and happy at the same time. That's why hubby is so jealous of my hobby now. haha...
    Anyway, enjoy & have a great day, dear.
    Best wishes
    Kristy

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  10. Hi Zoe! "Welcome back"!
    You sure did a great job of making the same cookies with different results! I think being Asian, we tend to favour the crispy ones! Both looks really good! Looking forward to more wonderful baking in 2012!!

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  11. Welcome back,Zoe, hope you had a good holiday. All your cookies looks divine and I love both the crispy ones and also the chewy ones. They have their own unique appeal.

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  12. I have posted a lot of cookie recipes in the past year. However, I never can get enough of a cookie variety because I like all textures. Your hubbys fav does look like he knows a thing or too about delicious cookies. This cookie is one in which there would be a fight over the last one in the jar! Great recipe-yum!

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  13. Absolutely yummy, love your cookies Zoe! are the best!

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  14. zoe, it's a nice work making the comparison. I actually like both crunchy and chewy type as long as they are chocolatey intensed! Happy new year to you and your family!!

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  15. Mmmmm...my family would love me to bake a ton of chocolate chip cookies to compare and contrast. They love the chewy ones...and I know they'd also adore your brownie cookies!

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  16. I'm not a cookie person but if I really have to choose, it's definitely chewy. Thayer very much explains why my cookies are chewy. However I've noticed that my kids prefer the crispy ones.

    The better than brownie cookies look like something I might like. I hope to try this one day.

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  17. Great cookies, thanks for visiting my blog :)

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  18. Fabulous cookies!

    Wishing you a very happy and successful 2012 :-)

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  19. I am a self confessed cookie-holic. I love them more than cake! gasp cant believe I said that :) These cookies look great, cant wait to try them all for myself :)

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  20. Hi Zoe! Every time I see your name I smile because Zoe is my daughters name :)

    I thought I was over sweets due to eating an abundance over the Holidays but your cookies look amazing and I would love to have one right now!

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  21. Oh boy.. my tummy is growling right now... I am so hungry!

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  22. Yummy great looking cookies..

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  23. Those look beautiful. I love love the looks of the chocolate ones. I think those would be my pick too ;) Happy New year!

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  24. I would go with the totally chocolate ones! I want as much chocolate as possible in my sweets. All of them are great Zoe and I can't wait to see your new baking adventures during this New Year!

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  25. crispy!!! especially when its still soft in the middle. the chocolate chocolate looks great too :)

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  26. Woah, those better-than-brownie cookies look insanely good! A gooey, chocolatey, rich cookie is definitely better than a brownie :)

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  27. Amazingggggggggggggggg, I am speeeeeeeeechless :D

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