Mmm cookies! I have been flirting with the idea of baking my own white chocolate and macadamia cookies lately - and yet the extortionate price of macadamia's changed my mind. Chocolate chip it will have to beeee!
I used the basic cookie recipe in The Professional Chef. All of the recipes in this book serve about 246 million people. Fo. Serious. Ness.
I relied on my brother's math skills (as numbers are not my forte!) and not wanting to screw with the recipe too much, he halved it. Even when it was halved it still made about 30 big cookies, so I froze half of the dough. THEN I just found the recipe online, happily making only 12. Dang it!
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips
Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugars on medium speed, scraping down the bowl periodically, until the mixture is smooth and light in colour, about five minutes.
Combine the eggs and vanilla. Add to the butter-sugar mixture and blend until fully incorporated, scraping down the bowl as needed.
On low speed, mix in the sifted dry ingredients until just incorporated.
Stir through the chocolate chunks.
Shape the dough into a log on a sheet of cling wrap, and refrigerate or freeze until firm enough to slice into sixteen pieces.
(this was my log which made 30. TOO MANY!)
Bake at 190C until golden brown around the edges, about twelve to fourteen minutes.
Cool completely on baking trays.
At first they tasted of shortbread. Quite boring shortbread. But by the next day they had hardened up a bit and were decidedly more tasty! Especially with a cuppa Lady Gray T. I think they would benefit even more from some white chocolate chips too.
Making these reminded me of the weird logs of cookie dough you used to buy at the supermarket when you were little, and they had multicoloured chocolate chips in them and were like magic! Except at least this way - you know exactly what ingredients are going in to them. Way better.
The end. Cookie day - over and out.