Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's 11 in the evening as I type. It's been a long time since I enjoyed the quiet of the night, wide awake after 10pm and blogging.  

The past few days were a little too much that I'd end up passing out earlier than my usual bed time  just to forget about what transpired during the day. I wish I can share one funny yet frustrating experience I had last week but I find it a bit personal. Maybe I'll do it when I muster enough courage. My friend said  I should make a compilation of such experiences and write a book. She said it'll probably compete with Alex Gonzaga's (hahaha *hint* *hint*).

Anyhow back to the topic that is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. 

My friend Anya was in town last week and she requested for a baking session. She doesn't cook, doesn't bake, so I thought long and hard on what to teach her. We made the ever reliable classic chocolate chip cookies. 


This recipe is adapted from Averie Cooks' blog. Try it if you want a soft and chewy cookie with crisp edges. These are something similar to softbatch cookies, but without the store-bought taste. I brought this once to a get together with my former colleagues and one of them asked how come my cookies were dense and puffy… his would usually turn out flat. I think the secret is to follow Averie's tip to chill the dough before baking. If you're short on time, I found that flash-freezing also works wonders. Pop a tray of your dough mounds into the freezer for 5-10 minutes then bake. 

Here's the recipe:
3/4 cup or 1 1/2 sticks softened unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsps vanilla extract 
2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsps cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda 
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups chocolate chips

1. Cream butter until light and fluffy.
2. Add both sugars until well combined.
3. Add the egg and vanilla extract. Beat until well incorporated.
4. Add your dry ingredients gradually- flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. 
5. Fold in chocolate chips. 

6. Form dough into balls. For uniform-shaped cookies, use one-tablespoon measuring spoon to scoop out dough into mounds. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Dough can be put in the fridge for up to 5 days, or a month if frozen. The recipe can make up to 30 cookies if you use a one-tablespoon scoop. 


7. Place cookie mounds on a lined or greased baking pan. Bake in pre-heated oven (350F) for 8-10 minutes until cookies are golden brown around the edges. Do not over bake if you want chewy cookies. 
8. Cookies will continue cooking from its own heat after you remove them from the oven. 
9. Enjoy with a glass of cold milk (I love full-cream milk!!!)


Please let me know when you try this recipe! Thank God it's finally Friday!!! :) 

May-hem

I crashed over the weekend. I don't know why I was so exhausted... must be from the heat, or from several restless days. What a chaotic start for the month of May with so much things to do and think about :( :( :( 

Some highlights which made some days seem a little less dreary...
I had one day off last May 2 for Labor Day so I scheduled a trip to Starry Paradise (星空草原) with my friend Ate Pierre. Starry Paradise is an art installation made of 4 million recycled PET bottles depicting Van Gogh's Starry Starry Night painting. It was a very pretty sight, with probably 354 lovey dovey couples walking hand in hand and taking selfies (figures not exact, but you get the point haha). At first glance you might think they're made of flowers, but have a closer look and you'll see colored bottles making up the entire "painting".

To get there, take the local train from Taipei Railway Station to Wudu Station-roughly 30 minutes. After exiting the station, cross the street and look for the Starry Paradise Free Shuttle Bus poster. Entrance is NT$ 100.


Kaymee's former colleague and good friend Cati visited Taipei 2 weekends ago. I helped prepare her itinerary and managed to find time to meet her and her friends. This is us having a hotpot feast while the rain poured like crazy.

Ariesa, an Indonesian friend of mine from church also came for a visit after leaving Taipei in 2013. It was nice catching up with her. Thanks for kidnapping me for lunch on a workday!

Ate Emma from my church family is leaving for France and staying there for a year. I will miss her so much... her random Line SOS messages and her encouraging words. I got teary eyed during her send-off dinner last night.  Love you Ate Ems! :)

And lastly, Laban Leni! :)



Happy Monday and a blessed week ahead!