Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fat & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies


Tonight I was asked to help bake some chocolate chip cookies. This is a recipe that my friend found somewhere on the interwebs.  The goal was to make some cookies and enjoy a few of them while watching the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  While we didn't quite get to Buffy, the cookies were made and quite enjoyable.




  • Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Original Recipe Yield 1 1/2 dozen

Directions

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.



Final Thoughts:

This recipe is quite good, although to be honest I feel its a little on the sweet side for me.  We didn't have semi-sweet chocolate chips and used milk chocolate instead which might be part of it. Also the recipe called for quite a lot of chocolate chips...perhaps a few too many. One idea would be to maybe cut the chips down a bit, perhaps between 1 cup and 1- 1/4 cups and add in some walnuts instead. Overall the cookies are very chewy and taste great but I think if i were to make them again I'd find a way to cut down the sweetness a bit. 

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Amaretto Ice cream Cone Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

A while back a friend showed me a picture of ice cream cone cupcakes.  They looked tasty at the time, but I never got around trying them.  Then, about 3 days ago I stumbled upon a picture of somebody's attempt at them.  I thought to myself - why not?


Cupcakes
What you need:
1) Cake Mix
2) Stuff you put in cake mix(ie: oil, water, eggs)
3) Flat bottomed ice cream cones.
4) Amaretto

This is the easy part.  Make the cake mix per the instructions. Add in two Tablespoons of Amaretto. Fill about 1/4 cup of batter into each cone.  Place on in a pan and bake at 350 degrees F for 25-30 minutes. (I found that it took longer than expected to bake). The cupcakes will be ready when you are able to stab them with a toothpick or fork or knife or what have you and nothing sticks to the stabbing implement.


Frosting
What you need:
1)  4 oz of regular cream cheese
2) 1/4 of unsalted butter(room temperature)
3) 3/4 cup of powdered sugar
4) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5) 1 teaspoon Amaretto
6) Tablespoons coca powder

Put cream cheese in a bowl and using a mixer beat it until whipped.  Add the butter and again mixed until whipped.  Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, coca powder and Amaretto. Beat until whipped.  You are now done. Feel free to adjust amounts of Amaretto to your taste. Also you can add or subtract powdered sugar to make it more or less stiff frosting.

Now just frost the cupcakes and you are done.  Add decorations as desired.


Thoughts: This is an easy recipe to try. Ingredients are rather inexpensive. Overall a fun idea.  I don't recommend making these to bring anywhere as they may be difficult to transport. I find that the cupcakes tend to fall over if your not careful.  The baking time will probably vary based on your oven and they amount of batter you add to each cone.  They taste pretty good though :-)