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My Quest for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

I’ve been doing quite a bit of baking recently, as I find it rather therapeutic, and I’ve been trying to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. I had some Famous Amos cookies a few weeks back, and really wanted to see if I could bake them myself, because they’re so expensive! I asked around, and the first recipe I got was too complex for me, and I think the cookies didn’t turn out very well. I turned to Diana of The Domestic Goddess Wannabe next, and she gave me a recipe that was easy to follow, which produced some really yummy cookies. I decided to give some to Noah’s teachers for Teachers’ Day, and I think they were quite well-received, so I’m gonna keep trying to improve on my baking skills, to make them even better.


I thought I’d put the two recipes up on this blog, so that I can easily refer to them next time, and also for those of you who might want to try baking them on your own.

Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies *I wasn’t very successful with this recipe, because I struggled to brown the butter properly. I also omitted the coconut, because I’m not a fan of it. Let me know if you have better luck with it!

Ingredients 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tbsp vanilla essence 2.5 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 tsp baking soda Pinch of salt 1 large egg + 1 egg yolk 1/4 cup toasted coconut 1 cup dark chocolate chunks

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 350F (175°C). 2. Toast coconut for 6 minutes. 3. Melt butter. Once brown, remove from heat, and set aside to cool. 4. Whisk flour, salt, and baking soda together. 5. Beat sugar and butter till smooth. 6. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla essence to the butter and sugar mixture. 7. Add dry ingredients. 8. Fold in coconut and chocolate chunks. 9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

Fresh from the oven


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The Domestic Goddess Wannabe’s Famous Amos Cookies I thought the cookies from this recipe were quite yummy, and realised that they spread quite a bit, so do remember to space them out properly.

Ingredients (A) 50g caster sugar 150g brown sugar 1/4 tsp salt 120g butter 30g shortening

(B) 1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla flavour

(C) 220g plain flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp soda powder

(D) 250g chocolate chips

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 170°C. 2. Cream the ingredients in (A) together. 3. Add the ingredients in (B) and stir till smooth. 4. Add the sifted ingredients in (C), and mix well. 5. Hand mix (D) into the dough. 6. Put small teaspoonfuls of the dough onto a baking tray, and bake for about 15 minutes till cooked.

Before


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After


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I enjoyed this recipe so much that I’ve baked these cookies twice so far, and gave some to Noah’s teachers as Teachers’ Day gifts. He has two class teachers, but there are apparently seven other support staff for his class, so I decided to get some small food containers from Daiso, and packed the cookies into them for the seven of them.

For his class teachers, I got two Minnie Mouse cooler bags from Daiso, and filled them up with a few items, including a small pack of cookies each. Noah insisted on getting them a bottle of chrysanthemum tea when we were at the supermarket the other day, so I added that to the bag too. I ordered some honey from iHerb, since I used to teach, and I know that teachers will definitely appreciate honey.

I got Noah to put his handprints on the cards for them, and he chose the colours for those, as well as the words, by himself. He “drew” rockets and clouds and goodness knows what else, on the inside of the cards, and I wrote my long-winded words of appreciation over his drawings. I am particularly proud of myself for writing his Chinese teacher’s card entirely in Chinese, though I confess that Google Translate helped me with it a little.

Busy painting his hand


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Drawing


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The cards


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For his class teachers


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Close-up


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I hope they’ll like the little goodie bags that we put together for them!

To all teachers, thank you for working so hard daily to inspire and educate our youth. Enjoy your much-deserved holiday!

PS. If you’re a first-time shopper on iHerb, use the discount code DRM056 to get $5-10 off. Not sure what else you can buy? Check out my older posts HERE and HERE. Happy shopping!

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