Sunday, 29 June 2008
Cooked by Ihsan at 12:53 pm
I hesitate as I write this, wondering if I should tell you readers. After all, I've already shared this recipe before, so I have no obligation to tell you what I put in them. The only difference (at least as far as I can remember - haven't made these in awhile) is in the making of them. Of course, that's no big secret either so... I decided I should write it up.
Why all the hesitation, you ask? Why all the almost-secrecy? Simply because... these are the BEST cookies I've ever made. Ever. They're little bite-sized mouthfuls of delight - at least for me. :D They're exactly the kind of cookies I've been looking for. Crunchy, not chewy. Not all at dry, but oh-so-buttery. And of course, all the chocolate in there! And the best thing is... they are based on the easiest chocolate chip cookie recipe I've ever come across with - the chocolate chip cookies v6!
As you can see if you look at my original post, the main difference is that these v6.5 cookies are rather smaller in size than the original palm-sized ones. I've already mentioned in the original post that I should try to make them smaller, but I only just recently tried them. And man, that is key to their particular success! In fact, I tried to make them as small as possible, as tedious as that was. A grape-sized ball of dough, maybe smaller - more marble-sized - is just about right, I've found.
As you might guess, by making them smaller, you get the crunchier cookies that I've been looking oh-so-long for. I know, its such a D-oh! moment, but oh well... at least I found it out eventually. I mean, Famous Amos' cookies are small for a reason, I guess?? I once saw a picture eor a documentary on them, and the balls of cookie dough on the baking tray were tiny. I mean, really small. And... I've only just tried making my cookies that small after so many years of trying the big palm-sized ones. Sigh.
Anyway, these cookies were delectable! They were tedious-ish to bake, particularly since I have so much work to do these days, but my sisters have been baking a lot back in Brunei, and I just had to make something of my own. I was wondering if I should try a new recipe and give you guys a v9 chocolate chip cookie recipe, but decided to stick with the v6 ones, so I don't have to take out my mixer. Which was a good thing! :D :D :D
The recipe makes a huge huge batch. I got two huge container-fulls of them - 9x6x3-inch containers. Because I couldn't possibly finish all of that in time while the cookies are still fresh and not become H-U-G-E (or possibly, on a sugar overload), I gave them all away. :D Well, most of them, hehe. I kept quite a bit for myself. The rest have mostly reached their recipients... except for one more batch, which should reach them soon. ;)
And mostly, they've been met with delight. The friends at uni I gave them to positively scarfed them down. They all seemed excited at getting home-made cookies, haha. I would ordinarily think that they were saying they were nice just coz I made it, you know? But some of them just kept on eating and eating and eating.... So... there must be a grain of truth in what they said, right? :D
I also gave away a batch to my relatives in London, who happened to have some guests over as well - some of my cousins. And they said that the cookies were deeeee-lish! Apparently, they have a slight... flavour to them, which they can't place but really liked, apparently. I can't say I noticed, since I've made these cookies before.... but it may have been the dark brown sugar I used. Also, I used golden granulated sugar instead of white, since that was available in the Brunei Hall kitchen and I didn't have any. So that probably contributed as well. Oh, and just in case you're curious, I used a mix of plain chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips since those were all I had. I would have preferred the plain chocolate chips, actually.
Anyway, there you go. :D The best cookies I've ever made... revealed. Seriously!
Quote of the day: All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!