Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe

When was the last time you sat down and curled up with a book?

Today is a fast paced digital world of tweets, Facebook status updates, mobile phone apps, and on demand TV. Where anything and everything is available as soon as you can type your request into Google.  Where you never have to be alone in your own thoughts while waiting in line because your trusty mobile phone is on hand to keep you distracted.  Where watching TV and surfing the web/playing a game on your mobile phone are activities that we do at the same time, not separately. Where we are so busy multi-tasking and keeping ourselves distracted that it feels almost strange and perhaps even difficult to focus on one thing…..like reading a book.

I readily admit I have the digital age bug.  If I am waiting in a doctors office I will whip out my iPhone and keep myself occupied, or I’ll be catching up on my favourite food blogs while I have the TV on in the background.  Having said that though, there are times where I like to slow down, turn off the digital gadgets and enjoy the simple pleasures in life.  Such as reading a book.

It’s sad to think that reading a book is, in some ways, a lost art.  I know of many people who will go and watch a movie based on a book but never contemplate reading the book.  Reading a book, or novel requires effort, dedication and focus, something that also seems to be a little lost in the age of multitasking.  A book is something you can’t consume immediately, it could take a day, a few days or even a couple of weeks to read.  But when you make the effort, it’s worth it.

Personally, I love reading.  A good book can get you so engrossed that the hours fly by in the blink of an eye and have you feeling like you were part of the story.  While there are so many wonderful books out there, for me, I am immediately drawn to books that are based on history.  Nerdy perhaps, but history and historical figures often have such interesting stories to tell, so interesting that often it can be the type of story that is better than anything an author could invent.

One of my favourite books, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, is one such book.  It was a page turner, as they say, and such a good book I recommended it to many friends who enjoyed it as much as I did.  One friend was so engrossed in the book, which she began reading while she was waiting for her train to work one day, that she missed her train and the next three before she noticed!

I have also amassed a collection of historical fiction based on Egypt.  I’ve always been fascinated with ancient Egypt, and whilst as much I wish I could, I can’t go back and time and see what it was like to live in the age of the Pharaohs, so I read about it.

So, today, why not make a batch of chocolate chip cookies, settle down with a warm cookie and a cup of tea and a good book and let yourself get carried away by the story.  To aide that, I’ve included Dorie Greenspan’s delicious chocolate cookie recipe below.  The cookies are crunchy on the outside and chewy and soft in the middle with delicious chocolate chunks.  They are something delicious that deserves to be savoured slowly, like a good book.

Tell me, do you read often?  What is your favourite book?

Chewy chocolate cookie recipe

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from Dorie Greenspan’s Baking: From My Home To Yours
Makes 40 to 45 cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of plain (all purpose) flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 8 ounces of unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2/3 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 ounces of bittersweet chocolate, chopped

 

Method:

  1. Center a rack in your oven and preheat to 190 degrees Celsius (375 Fahrenheit) and line 2 baking trays with either baking paper or a silicone matt.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together and set aside.
  3. Using a stand mixer beat the butter and sugars on a medium speed until well blended before adding the vanilla.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat well after each addition.
  5. Reduce the mixer speed and add the dry ingredients in 3 parts, only adding the next when the previous addition is well combined.
  6. Finally, add the chopped chocolate.
  7. Spoon the mixture in slightly rounded tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches between the cookies as they will flatten out during baking.
  8. Bake, one tray at a time, alternating trays so that each tray has a chance to cool in between batches, for 10 to 12 minutes or until they are golden in the middle and brown at the edges.  Leave the cookies to rest on the tray for a minute or so before moving onto a cooling rack.

The cookies can be stored for approximately 4 days in an airtight container.

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15 Comments

  1. elle marie May 14, 2011  3:34 pm Reply

    I wouldn't say I love reading, but rather like learning what I read... but those choco chip cookies with milk, and a great read sounds like a fabulous way to spend your time.

  2. CC11 May 14, 2011  5:45 pm Reply

    I am a mad bibliophile, and despite being a techie nerd in all other aspects of my life, I refuse to submit to my hubby's requests to get a kindle and the like - the smell and feeling of a book is a pleasure I'm not giving up. My favourite book growing up was Roald Dahl's Matilda - I used to love reading that whilst sipping on a hot choccie, or dunking a cookie in milk :)

  3. Nadia May 14, 2011  9:42 pm Reply

    I love reading too! :) And even now with the iPad, I still prefer the paper books whenever possible.

    With my education lately I read mostly healthy living and eating stuff, but there is always room for a nice fantasy or criminal one before bedtime :)



    The Other Boleyn Girl sound pretty good too! Will try to find it :)

    • delicieux May 14, 2011  10:07 pm Reply

      I admit I download books and read them on my iPad too. While I still love to touch, and the smell of a book, it's so convenient to have a collection of books on the iPad. Also it's much lighter to hold than a lot of books too. ;)

      I've read The Other Boleyn girl twice and I enjoyed it just as much the second time. I hope you will too :D

  4. Dzenana May 15, 2011  9:29 am Reply

    I love reading, The only problem is, all I get to read these days are chapters of dry legal text and long, boring cases. :(
    Still, come every holidays, I prepare my 'to-read pile' and get cracking. At the moment, I'm in love with anything classical literature - especially Russian. I think my favourite book is 'Crime and Punishment'....but there are soooooo many to choose from!

    THe cookies look INCREDIBLE by the way. Looking forward to my next holiday (in a month) to bake them and gobble them all up over a good book!
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  5. Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 15, 2011  9:57 am Reply

    I'll have to try The Other Boleyn Girl. I've got a crazy long commute so I read a lot, and love my ereader. I'd say my favorite book that I've read recently was The Help. It was so well written and just sucks you in.

    • delicieux May 15, 2011  3:23 pm Reply

      I've never heard of The Help. I will have to track it down. Thanks for the suggestion :D

  6. Rivki Locker May 15, 2011  11:57 am Reply

    I am old fashioned ... Still read books! Not as many as I would like (there's never enough time!) but I do try to make the time to read. Love the looks of these cookies. Dorie never disappoints!

    • delicieux May 15, 2011  3:23 pm Reply

      You're right. Dorie never does disappoint. I think what Dorie doesn't know about cooking isn't worth knowing. :D

  7. Heidi May 15, 2011  4:28 pm Reply

    Perfection! I love reading. I'm currently reading the Great Gatsby. V good! Next up I'll be reading the final book in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I enjoy Paullina Simons books - all of them, but mainly The Bronze Horseman, Girl in Times Square and Eleven Hours.
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  8. cookandkitchen May 15, 2011  8:14 pm Reply

    I am a digital convert too, and feel both blessed and cursed that I am "always connected". But the best way to genuinely switch off is indeed to read a book. I am reading "batavia" at the moment. Great idea to have some cookies with it haha.

  9. Ellie May 16, 2011  12:39 pm Reply

    Love reading. Curled up under a thick blanket, by the fireplace, cookies and milk. My favorite winter pass time. Love the swirl of your cookies.
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  10. Maria@Scandi Foodie May 16, 2011  4:41 pm Reply

    I wish I had more time to read! I think I need to put some time aside, bake these gorgeous cookies, grab a book and enjoy the moment :-)

  11. Sukaina May 17, 2011  2:50 pm Reply

    I'm pretty sure I commented here but I don't see my comment so here goes again! Cookies look great- I'm actually baking a batch myself today if I can muster the energy! I'm afraid I'm not much of a reader although whne I was younger, I was known to read up to 6 Nnancy Drew mystery books in a day. Nowadays, I just browse pretty pictures in food magazines.
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  12. Erika K July 12, 2011  2:00 am Reply

    I'm a big fan of historical fiction, too! Currently working through Margaret George's Elizabeth, enjoyed her Mary Queen of Scots book years ago, also started her Helen of Troy book, but didn't finish. Also read Pillars of the Earth twice. Would love to know your titles for historical fiction in Egypt. And hey, why not have a plate of awesome choc chip cookies next to you while you're at it ;) Need to remember The Other Boleyn Girl once I finish Elizabeth.

    Enjoying your blog! Post a book list - I'll subscribe to this post to see follow-up comments.

    Erika K

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