Auntie Eli’s Tuesday Treat: Chocolate Chip Cookies!
By Eleni Louca
This week’s Tuesday Treat is: Mama’s Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Basic ingredients are crucial. Do not mess with them! Flour, liquid, salt, fat and leavening ingredients are all equally important for a recipe. Baking is chemistry. Every little detail counts. Unlike cooking, you must measure everything accurately with the right measuring tools. Every baker should learn the necessity of accuracy. Having a complete set of measuring utensils is key for this. Carefully measure the ingredients for best results. A half teaspoon of butter is very different from 1 tablespoon of it. You won’t believe how much it can affect the taste and texture of your cakes. Now that we covered this very basic but crucial baking tip, let’s bake!
- 250 gr. butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 1/2 cups flour
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 cup oatmeal
- The ingredients you choose for your cookies will show in the final product.
- Choose a good butter and excellent chocolate chips for best results.
- Make sure all ingredients are room temperature and the butter is soft. Not melted, but soft. I stress this because my first time making cookies, I melted the butter. Don’t judge! lol
- Be sure to preheat the oven to 350ºF; this recipe makes approximately 30 cookies.
Cream together the butter with the sugars scraping the sides of the bowl frequently until well combined. Gradually add the eggs one at a time continuing to scrape the bowl. Add the vanilla. In a separate bowl whisk the flour, baking soda and salt. Add it to the mixture and blend well. Add the chocolate chips and the oatmeal last. Roll 35 gr. balls of dough, placing them spaced out on a prepared baking tray. If using a standard oven, you should be able to fit 12-15 cookies on each tray. Bake for 8 minutes in a preheated oven. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes before gently placing the cookies with a spatula on a cooling rack. The reason this is done is so that your cookies don’t absorb all the moisture the heat is giving off leaving you with a soggy cookie instead of a soft one.
Enjoy, and be sure to tag @givemeastoria so we can see your final product! See you next Tuesday, for what’s sure to be another delicious treat!