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I love sitting down in the afternoon, making a cup of Orange Pekoe tea, leave the bag in so that it steeps to full flavour, then add a touch of milk. Add a couple of chocolate chip cookies to dunk in my tea, sit back, relax, even if just a moment.
Chocolate chip cookies remind me of childhood, simpler times, quieter, slower times, when my biggest concern was keeping my brothers from touching my stuff. My mother is a great cook, and baker, so each evening was a sit-down dinner of meat, potatoes, and vegetables. Always finished with dessert, a la mode of course!
I grew up in a small town and had to walk to the end of our street to catch the bus. The walk home didn’t seem to take as long as it did in the morning. We knew my mother would have freshly baked cookies waiting for us when we walked in the door.
In a previous post I shared a family recipe CHOCOLATE HAYSTACK cookie, which was a family favourite, but Mom’s chocolate chip cookies were a very close second. Especially when they were still warm from the oven.
Tips from the Pro …
Like a chewy cookie? Choose a recipe with more brown sugar then granulated sugar
Always use room temperature ingredients, add cold eggs will cause your soft butter to re-solidify
Do your cookies spread when they bake? Pop them in the fridge for an hour before baking
DID you know ..
Circa 1938, Ruth Graves Wakefield, owner Toll House Inn, added chopped up bits from a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar into a cookie. Wikipedia.com
Cookie sheets are aluminum with a smooth surface and no sides. Rimmed baking sheets are excellent for many things, but not for cookie making
Most cookie doughs can be frozen then baked later. Scoop cookie dough into balls on a parchment lined pan, freeze until solid. Place frozen dough balls in a freezer bag, back into the freezer. To Bake, let thaw for 20 minutes before putting into the oven.
(RECIPE TO FOLLOW .. )
CHRISTINE KROPP .. I use my experience as a hotelier, a baker, a hospitality expert, and a world traveller to help curate a life you don’t need a vacation from. My lifestyle blog “The Sweet Life” includes food, fun and festive living.
Website: www.christinekropp.com Instagram: @christine__kropp