What was I doing at this exact time last year? Was I happier? Was I exactly the same? Am I doing more? Am I not doing enough?
The one thing I am extremely proud of myself for having done is this food blog. I have been telling myself to start one since forever and now I've done it. And so far, I think I have been quite consistent. Everytime I get a follower or the stats go up I feel even more motivated and I feel like doing more. It is the one thing that makes me feel like I have something to do and something to give.
I just started out.. and so far, positive feedback. Thank you to my supportive friends and people who read. I really appreciate it :)
ANYWAY, yesterday night I was contemplating what I should make and my little brother persuaded me to make some chocolate chip cookies! I told him I did not want to bake at night because natural lighting(sunlight) makes pictures look even better. I realised my brother is quite a good obedient kid because he does not DEMAND for his way. He actually listens to what I say although quite reluctantly. Interesting.. *evul smirk*
I still did not want to do it until I saw his facebook status, "Yey sister is baking chocolate cookies!" ..Felt a little bad and thought I'd just screw natural lighting and do it.
|Add a little more brown sugar to make 3/4 cup|
I told him to help though. He was up for it. Hahaha.
I was looking for a basic chocolate chip cookie recipe online that was similar to my aunt's. When I was 16 I used to bake them all the time and brought them to school. Nothing feels more satisfying than having people's eyes roll to the back of their heads when they eat something you made.
In a good way of course. Not in a poisoned way.
I scoured AllRecipes.com and there were two cookie recipes, so I decided to go with the one that had Award Winning in the title. It's award-winning!!! Gotta be good. And I noticed it had a little special ingredient which is..
Wait for it..
|TA-DAH!!!!! Instant vanilla pudding!|
This makes for a very soft chewy cookie. Just the way I like it.
Yes he is wearing an 'I'm A Virgin (This Is A Very Old Shirt)' t-shirt. Hand-me-down from my older brother.
|Use a spoon or an ice-cream scoop to drop uniform-sized dough on tray lined with parchment paper|
Tip: Leave some chocolate chips unmixed with the dough so that you can stick them on top after dropping them for prettier cookies.
And the outcome:
Serve with a glass of milk. And prepare for an eye-rolling experience.
Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted and halved from AllRecipes
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
1 cup (235g) butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350F (175C).
Cream butter, white sugar and brown sugar with an electric mixer. Dissolve baking soda in hot water and add in with instant vanilla pudding then beat to combine. Stir in eggs(one at a time) and vanilla. Fold in flour, followed by chocolate chips. Bake for 10-12 mins till edges are golden brown.
Yield: About 3 dozen cookies