Yet another long-bookmarked recipe struck off the list. I’ve always been a fan of aesthetics, so it was no surprise that these cookies got me at ‘marble‘. Apparently the huge cookie I made for the mister did more than satisfy him; it left him wanting more. The usual “What shall I bake today?” garnered a typical resounding “Mooties!” from him, and I thought what better time to try out these cookies.
The cookies were crispy on the edges, but soft and chewy towards the middle, which makes them perfect for the soft cookie-loving yours truly. My only gripe was that I did not have chocolate chips at hand, for even though these cookies were chocolatey (the cocoa dough was hard to resist!), I believe they would have been absolute heaven with large semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks. So I ended up with shavings off a chocolate couverture block. But then again, don’t take it from the chocoholic, since the mother just ‘complained’ of [most of] my bakes being too chocolatey, while the mister insisted on two separate occasions that these cookies tasted just like Chipsmore cookies, which I interpreted to mean overdosed with chocolate chips.
(Recipe at the end of the post)
On a totally unrelated note altogether, I’ve been tagged by three lovely and talented ladies, Indigo, HHB, and Bernice, so here are 5 random facts about me. Since I’ve already done a similar meme with 7 random facts, and don’t wish to overlap, I’ve made the 5 facts this time somewhat food-related:-
#ONE: If given a choice for my last meal, it would be a plate of warm rice with a piece of black-pepper roasted chicken steak. Growing up a fussy eater, every day had to have a meal consisting of chicken, failing which I would be reduced to playing with my food. I vividly remember my mother convincing me that certain dishes tasted “exactly like chicken”, and this would include piping hot fried fish (particularly the crispy skin part), grilled ikan ayam-ayam (I’ve no idea what it’s called in English, but in Malay, it’s literally called chicken fish, so no points for guessing why I was taken in), and at times, even braised duck. But at the end of the day, my simplest yet most satisfying meal would be that of plain rice with the small tumeric-and-chilli-fried chicken drumlets I grew up with. It is no surprise that even up till this day, nothing quite hits the spot like the nostalgic feel of warm plain rice with chicken. My ultimate comfort food.
#TWO: My life, as I know it, pivots on carefully-practised routines. I am the type of person who leans my arm upon the shoulders of familiarity, and allow my days to act out the way it had played out in my mind. I know of some people who must always have their drinks on the left side of their plate, and those who would ensure that they chew their food a certain number of times before swallowing. As for me, I must always have a sip of water before I start my meal (I somehow truly believe that wetting my throat would prevent me from choking on my food), and upon finishing my meal, I will always need to pop in something to bite or chew on, be it breath mints, ice cubes, or a piece of chocolate.
#THREE: I don’t like runny eggs yolks. The only thing that should ooze with such self-proclaimed sexiness should be chocolate. And nothing else. So when I do get an egg with a runny yolk, I’ll cut my way around it with extreme caution so that I don’t burst it. Because it is not chocolate. It has no reason to be spilling its way across my plate. Only chocolate can.
#FOUR: Black pepper is my turn-to menu item. Every time I get to a new restaurant or eating place, and have no idea what to try out, I would almost always select anything that has black pepper in it. Spaghetti with black pepper chicken, black pepper chicken rice, chicken chop with black pepper sauce, black pepper chicken kebabs;– even when I go travelling, the black pepper item on the menu would be my safest bet.
#FIVE: I have a lukewarm relationship with durians. The mister hates them kyrptonite, whereas I am not all too excited about them. While I like the fruit in itself, I give almost all its by-products a pass; durian cake, durian puff, durian ice-cream, durian chips, durian glutinous rice, durian porridge, durian mousse, durian chendol. Sometimes there are certain things that are best when in their original form, I think. No offence to the #1 anything-and-everything-durian fan mother and the durian puff-loving beshtest, of course.
Chocolate Marble Chunk Cookies
(adapted from The Good Cookie by Tish Boyle)
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 190C.
- Whisk flour and baking soda in a bowl. Set aside.
- Beat the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time.
- Add in the flour mixture until just blended.
- Transfer 1 3/4 cup of the dough to another bowl. Mix in half of the chocolate chips to the dough.
- Add cocoa powder to the remaining dough and mix well.Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
- Take a bit of both doughs and roll into a ball, pressing down gently. Place the cookies on a greased sheet, and bake for 8-10mins.