Thursday, July 02, 2015

Soft Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies









The search for a perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe is endless, but I think I have finally found the perfect one. It's not all about the ingredients though. Technique is the key to get those perfectly chewy and soft cookies. But all the secrets have been revealed already: chilling time, underbaking, adding cornstarch, etc. This recipe uses soft dark brown sugar which makes them rich and extra soft. This is actually a basic recipe spread all over the internet but with a few modificatios. Whichever recipe you follow, feel free to experiment and adjust the ingredients/baking time according to your preference. But if you like the soft and chewy kind of cookie, simply follow the directions below.


Soft Dark Brown Sugar Chocolate Chip Cookies

170g / 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
150g / 3/4 cup soft dark brown sugar
50g / 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
250g / 2 cups flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips


1) In a large bowl, beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir just until combined. Add chocolate chips. Chill the dough overnight


2) Preheat oven to 180C / 350F and line 2 baking trays with parchment paper. Scoop about 2 tablespoons of cookie dough and roll into balls. Place on a baking tray, leaving about 5 cm / 2 inch space between each cookie so they can spread. Bake for 9 minutes or until slightly underbaked in the middle. Allow to cool completely before transferring to a plate.

Recipe adapted from here.




Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Millionaire's Bars










I haven't updated my blog for days. I am so busy with everything and it's hard to believe but I haven't baked anything for about 2 weeks. I made those Millionaire's Bars probably one month ago and since then the recipe has been saved as draft. But it's too good not to be shared so luckily today I found a spare minute to post it. There's nothing much to tell. If you like condensed milk and have a very sweet tooth, this recipe is going to be a keeper. I warn you - these bars are very rich. But good. So good with unsweetened morning coffee.

Millionaire’s Bars

Base:

125g (1 cup) flour 
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
113g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
50g (1/4 cup) sugar

Caramel:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces 
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk

Topping:
3.5 oz / 100g milk or semisweet chocolate, finely chopped 
1/2 tsp light corn syrup
30g (2 tbsp) 1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces 

1) Preheat oven to 160C / 325F. Line a 20 x 20 / 8 x 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine together butter and sugar and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in the flour mixture and mix just until incorporated. Spread into the pan and bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Let cool completely.


2) To make the filling, combine together butter, sugar, corn syrup and condensed milk in a saucepan. Heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter in melted and the mixture looks smooth. Bring to boil and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens a bit and turns amber color. Spread onto the shortbread layer and let cool completely. Transfer into the fridge for a few hours or overnight. 

2) To make the chocolate glaze, combine together butter and corn syrup in a small saucepan and heat until the butter is melted. Remove from heat, add chocolate and stir until melted. Pour over the condensed milk layer immediately. Cool completely before cutting into squares. For the best results, slice only after chilling for a few hours.

Recipe adapted from here.





Saturday, May 16, 2015

Soft & Chewy Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies






Of all the sugars soft dark brown sugar is my favorite one. I love it's beautiful color and aroma, and the texture it gives to the baked goods, and of course, that deep caramel flavor only the dark brown sugar can add. And you know how much I love coconut oil. Now you probably have guessed how much I loved those cookies. 
These were the chewiest cookies I've ever made. Really. Both the edges and the centers are chewy and not cakey at all. They don't have any additions like chocolate chips and, trust me, they don't need any additions. 
In order to get perfect cookies, there's one trick. I always repeat that it is very important to slightly underbake your cookies. If you remove them from the oven when their centers look underbaked, you'll get chewy cookies. Easy. 
And let them cool for at least 10 minutes. 30 minutes preferably. But I know how hard it is to wait so you can have one cookie after 10 minutes. 


Soft Dark Brown Sugar Coconut Oil Cookies 

100g (1/2 cup) coconut oil, softened (not melted)

200g (1 cup) dark brown sugar, packed 
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract 
1 tbsp light corn syrup
220g (1 3/4 cup) flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt

1) In a large bowl, beat together coconut oil, dark brown sugar, egg, corn syrup and vanilla extract until light and fluffy. 


2) Add flour, cornstarch, soda and salt. Mix just until combined. 


3) Roll the dough into the balls (I got 12) and place on a baking tray lined with a parchment paper. Leave a lot of space between each cookie - they will spread. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight (you can freeze them as well).


4) Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Bake for 8-10 minutes (10-12 if frozen; do not defrost before baking) or until golden brown. Remove from the oven even if the centers look underbaked. That will give you chewy and fudgy texture. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Recipe adapted from here.



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Peanut Butter Cupcakes








You already know how addicted to peanut butter I am. And you can imagine how much I love cupcakes with peanut butter added to both the batter and the frosting. These cupcakes are salty, soft like a sponge and extremely light. The texture of the cupcakes pairs perfectly with a rich peanut butter frosting. The frosting is not like any other frosting though. It's very thick and fudgy, you could eat it by the spoonful. However, these are very rich (considering the fact that the frosting is almost the same size as the cupcake itself) so you will only need one cupcake to satisfy your cravings. Or if you're like me, you will eat 4 at a time and feel absolutely no guilt because you can't feel guilty while eating a peanut butter cupcake. Overall, this is the most perfect recipe for you if you wan to go to peanut butter heaven. I assure you!

Peanut Butter Cupcakes

Cupcakes:
85g (6 tbsp/3/4 cup) butter, room temperature
225g (1 cup) white sugar
83g (1/3 cup) peanut butter
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 tsp salt
120ml (1/2 cup) buttermilk, room temperature
220g (1 3/4 cup) flour
2 tsp baking powder

Frosting:
375g (3 cups) powdered sugar
250g (1 cup) peanut butter
1/2 tsp salt
113g (1/2 cup) butter, room temperature
5 tbsp heavy cream, room temperature

1) Preheat oven to 180C / 350F. Line a cupcake tin with cupcake liners (you will need 16).

2) In a large bowl, beat together butter, peanut butter and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until very smooth. 

3) In another bowl, combine together flour, baking powder and salt. 

4) Beat (on low speed) one third of the flour mixture into the butter mixture. Beat until smooth. Add half of the buttermilk and beat until incorporated. Repeat this step one more time, adding one third of the flour mixture and the remaining buttermilk. End with the remaining flour mixture and beat just until incorporated.

5) Divide the batter among 16 cupcake cups. Bake for 17 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and let cool until completely cooled before frosting.

6) To make the frosting, Beat together powdered sugar, peanut butter, salt and butter. Add heavy cream (try adding 4 tablespoons, it might be enough to achieve the desired consistency). Continue beating for about 5 minutes or until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Frost the cooled cupcakes and enjoy.

Recipe by collecting memories





Tuesday, May 05, 2015

White Chocolate Blondies








Just like brownies, blondies have to be fudgy and chewy. These blondies have perfectly chewy edges and smooth, fudgy centers. They're very sweet though. You might want to omit the icing as they're definitely good without it, but the icing makes them look prettier. And for me, there is no such thing as too sweet. 
Most of the blondies call for chocolate chips which are mixed into the batter but I find the melting method even better because melted chocolate produces fudgy texture. Another important thing for the texture is baking time. Don't bake them longer than 30 minutes even if they look underbaked. I was a little bit worried because for me they really looked underbaked but the next day I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the final result. So BE patient. It's worth the wait!

White Chocolate Blondies

113g (1/2 cup) butter
150g (5.3 oz) white chocolate, chopped
150g (3/4 cup) white granulated sugar
1 large egg, lightly whisked
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 tsp salt
125g (1 cup) flour

Icing:
1 tbsp butter (optional)
50g white chocolate (optional)

1) Preheat oven to 180C / 350F.

2) In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add white chocolate and sugar and cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until the sugar has melted and the mixture looks smooth. Remove from heat and let cool a little bit.

3) Stir in the egg, vanilla extract and salt. Add flour and stir just until combined. Spread the mixture into the baking pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into squares. 

4) If you are making the icing, melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a small saucepan, turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes or until melted and mix until smooth. Alternatively, you could melt butter and chocolate in a microwave. Drizzle over the blondies and serve.

Recipe by collecting memories


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