Saturday, February 7, 2009

Chocolate chip cookies.

(Children, teenagers, adults, senior citizens, virtually everybody! No wonder why it is so popular. Chocolate is a symbol of love.Valentines day (14th Feb) is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes , roses , diamonds and chocolate . A gift of chocolate is a familiar courtship ritual.)
Ingredients :
2 large eggs , 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter ,
3/4th cup tightly packed brown sugar ,
3/4 cup regular sugar , 1 tspn salt ,
1 tspn Vanilla extract , 1.5 cup semi sweet chocolate chips,
2 + 1/4 th cup all purpose flour , 3/4 tspn baking soda .
Procedure :
Melt butter in a microwave or over medium heat and get it back to room temperature. Whip 2 large eggs with a whisk . Add vanilla extract and butter to it and mix well.
Sift all purpose flour to remove lumps if any . Add baking soda + salt + sugar + brown sugar and mix well. Add the dry ingredients in small portions . Combine the dry and wet ingredients with a spatula. Make sure you do not over mix. Add the chocolate chips and mix them with the cookie dough.
Preheat oven at 375 degrees and grease the baking sheet with butter and a thin layer of all purpose flour. Drop the cookie dough on the baking sheet. Space at least 2 inch apart from each other as the cookies expand almost twice the size due to the baking soda. Bake until golden brown , for about 12-14 minutes depends on how chewy or crisp cookies you like .The cookies will be soft in the center and will harden as they cool. Use a spatula to move the cookies to a cooling rack. Let cool and the cookies are ready to eat. If you are using the same baking sheet for several batches , make sure that the sheet gets to room temperature between batches.


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