Chocolate Chip Cookies – a Puzzle Chocoluzzle

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ikipedia says: “A puzzle is a game, problem, or toy that tests a person’s ingenuity or knowledge. In a puzzle, one is required to put pieces together in a logical way, in order to arrive at the correct solution of the puzzle.” I say that in a puzzle chocoluzzle, one is required to put as many pieces in one’s mouth as one can, in order to arrive at the sheer bliss! Which definition works for you? I know the answer and so do you, but before you grab your cookie scoop, let’s digest few history facts!

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America’s (some will say) favorite cookies were invented back in 1930’s by Ruth Graves Wakefield (1903 – 1977), American educator, a business owner, a chef, and an author. As the story goes, chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident, when Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, tried to make chocolate cookies by adding broken chocolate chips into her cookie dough. However, the inventor herself claims that she invented the cookies on purpose! Whatever the truth is, I am grateful to Mrs. Wakefield for inventing this ultimate comfort sweet treat. The great thing is – it’s so easy to make them! Anybody can make chocolate chip cookies, and enjoy in the crispy edges and chewy center of this scrumptious chocolaty delight! In my recipe, you will find a classic version, but you can pop in some hazelnuts, pecans or walnuts if you want to be adventurous. For the best result, leave the dough in the fridge for 24 hours. However, if you have an irresistible urge, feel free to drop them on your baking tray straight from the stand mixer – the result will be quite satisfactory indeed! Scrumptious yet forgiving – aren’t those cookies just great?
Finally – yet another interesting fact – the very first chocolate chip cookie was the size of the quarter! It was extra crispy and you could eat it in a single bite! Sounds like they were meant just for me! And how do you like your cookies: crispy or chewy?

Chocolate Chip Cookie, Pastry Maestra

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

by:Tereza Alabanda,The Pastry Maestra

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Prep. time : 15 minutes

Cook time : 15 minutes

Ready in 30 minutes

Level : Basic

Ingredients:

  • Butter 225g (8oz)
  • Sugar 50g (1.8oz)
  • Light brown sugar 150g (5.3oz)
  • Eggs 50g (1.8oz or 1 medium egg)
  • Egg yolk 20g (0.7oz or 1 medium egg yolk)
  • Vanilla powder
  • All purpose flour 225g (8oz)
  • Baking Powder 4g (12Tsp)
  • Salt 2g (13Tsp)
  • Chocolate chips-semisweet 100g (3.5oz)
  • Chopped dark chocolate 150g (5.3oz)

Directions

  1. Put softened butter into a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment.
  2. Cream the butter with sugar, light brown sugar and vanilla powder.
  3. Add one egg and one egg yolk, and mix until combined.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder and salt into the mixture and fold in until combined.
  5. Mix in chocolate chips and chopped chocolate.
  6. Use the dough immediately, or put it in the fridge for 24 hours.
  7. Take the cookie scoop and drop your dough onto a paper lined baking tray. Make sure there is enough space between the cookies.
  8. Bake them at 180°C (350°F) for approximately 10-15 minutes, until golden around the edges.

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