Cookies, cookies and cookies..

ice cream and cookies sandwich

I am trying to cut down on my baking as university is starting and stuff. Today I made chewy chocolate cookies once again. I was craving for something chocolaty and fudgy and I had flour, salt and baking powder combined in a plastic bag from a week ago when I wanted to make these cookies, but then found out that we ran out of cocoa powder. Today I made another mistake which changed the taste of the cookies a bit. Usually I always use the finest baking cocoa powder, but mom had bought another packet that other day; Ecologic cocoa powder. Now, without thinking enough I putted this ecologic cocoa powder into the flour mixture. First thing I noted when I opened the packing was the extremely strong smell of cocoa, something I once experienced with cocoa powder of a cheaper brand that I did put in chocolate cake. But I guess these kind of strong cocoa powders are meant for making hot chocolate only and not for baking. Anyways, the cookies turned out perfectly chewy apart from the strong cocoa taste that ruined them a bit. It is very important to use the finest cocoa powder that is meant for baking when making cakes and cookies or the taste will be ruined.
Half of them I made plain and putted peanuts in the rest of the dough. I had some peanuts and caramel ice cream laying in the freezer, which I used to make a ice cream and cookies sandwich. I love the combination of cookies and ice cream. A nice way to do it is to press ice cream down in a round thing like a 1 deciliter measuring cup and then scrape it out with a knife on the cookies.
Anyways, I made a picture tutorial on the cookies, and converted the recipe to grams and deciliter as it is easier for me. I am posting it here, but for instructions follow the recipe at Annie’s Eat blog.

chewy chocolate cookies

Remember to scrape down the bowl frequently. My mom told me a nice trick to get all the cookies in even size which I wanted to share.
We don’t have these cookies spoons here in Norway, like those ice cream-spoon looking type of spoon that shapes the cookies dough perfectly (I don’t know what they are called?)
Well, the trick is to take small amounts of dough and roll them to balls in even size (works best when the dough is cold). Then put the balls on the tray and they will form into flat even cookies when baked.

Another thing I noticed with this recipe is that it requires for way too much cocoa powder. I mean 150 g / 1,5 dl is like more than half of the whole packet. I cut it down to 50 g cocoa powder, and even that amount gives such a strong cocoa flavor. Anyways, it is upto every individual how strong chocolate taste they want. But if you think it is too much, there is no problem cutting the amount. It does not affect the cookies.
Also, remember to carefully loosen the cookies from the baking sheet with a spatula a few minutes after they have been baked or else they will stick to the paper and it will be difficult to loosen them when they are cooled.
Here is the recipe for those who have problems with american measuring system (cups).

    recipe

Follow the instructions here.

chewy chocolate cookies

Published in: on August 21, 2009 at 11:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chocolate Cake

This is the classic chocolate cake recipe that we have been using at home for years. It was my mom who used to make this chocolate cake years ago and then I have been following the same recipe. It turns out to be succesful every time. The recipe is actually from an old english baking book we got at home, from 1979 to be specific. But as they say ‘old is gold’! Being a norwegian, I am not fond of the norwegian way of making chocolate cake. All of the recipes contains milk and that makes the cake muddy without a soft texture. I know alot of people love it, but for me chocolate cake has to be moist, fluffy and soft. And I give this recipe 5 stars for being just as perfect as it requires to make a perfect chocolate cake. The recipe contains orange rind and orange juice, but you may omit it if you don’t want to put it. I use water mixed with some vanilla sugar or vanilla essence instead when I don’t want the orange flavor.

chocolate cake

I n g r e d i e n t s :

2 tbsp                  cocoa powder
2 tbsp                  hot water
100 g                   butter or margarine
125 g                    caster sugar
2                            large eggs, beaten
100 g                   self-raising flour
1 tbsp                  orange juice (you may omit and use water mixed with vanilla essence/vanilla sugar)
1                            grated rind of orange (you may omit it)

 Grease an 18 cm / 7 inch round deep cake tin and line the bottom and sides with greased greaseproof (waxed)
paper

1) Dissolve the cocoa in the water and leave to cool
2) Cream the butter or margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy and pale in color
3) Beat in eggs one at a time, followed by the cocoa mixture
4) Sift in the flour and fold in, followed by the orange rind and juice (or vanilla mixture)
5) Turn into the prepared tin

* Bake in a moderately hot oven (180C/350F/GM4)  at the lowest slot for 40 to 45 minutes or until firm to the touch
Turn onto a wire rack to cool

Chocolate icing

50 g                   plain chocolate
25 g                   butter
25 g                   icing sugar, sifted

1) Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over hot water
2) Stir in the butter until melted and well mixed
3) Beat in the icing sugar until smooth and remove from the heat
4) Quickly spread over the top of the cake (you may make a swirling design if desired or garnish with shredded coconuts or whatever you may like) and leave to set

Tips

– If you want to make a larger quantity, you may double the recipe and use an rectangular pan about 30 cm x 20 cm
– You do not have to use greased or waxed paper, you may grease the tin/pan with butter (and sift with flour)

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Published in: on August 20, 2009 at 2:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chewy Chocolate Cookies


I love chocolate and I love everything chocolaty, specially chewy and fudgy kind of bakings. Brownies with alot of nuts are mmmmmm and chewy chocolate cookies are almost just as delicious!
So I was searching for some good recipe on chewy cookies and came across this blog
Annie’s Eats and decided to try
out these cookies (you can get the recipe on her blog) which she recommended and was satisfied with.
I replaced the white chocolate chunks with nuts and they turned out yummylicious! These cookies are so addicting and before I could count to ten, 90% of the cookies were gone. I am for sure going to give these several tries as they came out to be a hit among everyone.

chewy chocolate cookies

Published in: on August 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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