Ironically that was the way I’ve been thinking about how I wanted to do mine. I have been thinking about having a food blog for a long time as my personal journal. I waited a while because I wanted to improve my photography skill and my not so good computer skill. Still not quite there yet but I am so happy I finally got out of my comfort zone and do something that I enjoy doing and preserve it as a record. This is my blog, my stories, and my recipes that I wouldn’t mind sharing with other people around the world.
If the pioneer woman has her Marlborough man, I have my Piano man.
He wanted to be a concert player when attending college studying music but his dream did not work out. He chose different route instead and have forgotten his dream for a long time… nearly 15 years. I am glad that he finally got his moment even though it was on a small, humble, unknown stage at church.
So, I treated him with his favorite cookies.
I would like to dedicate this cookie recipe (although it’s not mine) for my piano man and all the other hard working fathers and mothers, grandparents, uncles and aunts in the world who set aside their dreams in order to support their family.
Hail to the king of all cookies!
You will need; bread flour, cake flour, baking soda and powder, sea salt, brown sugar, butter, white sugar, eggs, vanilla, bitter sweet chocolate disks. I added semi sweet chunks on this batch.
Let it snow! Let it snow! Set aside.
until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
The mixture will look like this. Very creamy!
Beat it!… Beat it!… Suddenly I miss MJ
Stir in vanilla and reduce the speed to LOW. Importante!
Over mixing will create tough cookies.
And your mixture will look like this!
Gently stir them without breaking the chocolate.
Now your ultimate cookie dough is just created but not yet completed.
The longer, the better.
When ready, preheat oven to 350F, For me it is 170C.
Press gently to flatten a bit.
Bake 1 or 2 cookies first as a test and adjust time accordingly.
Let them cool on the wire rack.
They are so evil… be aware!
NY Times chocolate chip cookies
- 2 C minus 2 Tbsp 8 1/2 oz cake flour
- 1 2/3 C 8 1/2oz bread flour
- 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 2 1/2 sticks 1 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 C 10 oz light brown sugar
- 1 C plus 2 Tbsp 8 oz granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 lb bitter sweet chocolate disks at least 60 percent cacao content
- sea salt for sprinkling
- Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
- Using a mixer with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until very light, about 5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Reduce speed to low.
- Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Drop chocolate pieces in and incorporate them. Cover with plastic wrap and chill the dough for 24-72 hours.
- When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degree. line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Scoop a dough with spoon making about 1 1/2" ball onto baking sheet, making sure the disks are horizontal on the surface, press gently, and place them 2" apart. Sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on top.
- Bake for about 9-12 minutes until the edges gets golden brown and the top begins to crack.
- Transfer cookies on the rack and let them cool completely.
- Serve with a glass of cold milk and you are in heaven.