a plate of cookie

By now it should not come as a surprise that I love to wax lyrical over my food. So, when Yasmin came up with the idea of sharing epicurean quotes in non-food focused literature, I was more than thrilled to unravel hidden treasures in the book I was reading, secretly wishing that a food quote would clumsily fall into my lap as I flipped through the pages.

The morning went by. The white lace curtains by the bedside danced with every tickle of the passing breeze. My journey into the world of symbiotic prose awakened by the shrill giggles of gossiping domestic helpers at the carpark, I realised that I had been subconsciously looking for something that may not even be there. I felt almost guilty that my thoughts had strayed from the dream Murakami had painted before me. I went down immediately, and sat the afternoon away by the oven working the guilt off.

I don’t believe guilt had ever manifested itself more sweetly than this.

I pictured a quaint tea party of sorts in the late afternoon by the favourite corner in my room. In my party, there will be none of the buttery scone pieces waiting alongside the jar of homemade lemon spread, nor will there be the fluffiest tart blueberry crumb cake slices served on expensive white china. Instead, the table will be laden with a tray of freshly-baked chewy cookies larger than the size of your palm, each one oozing with large chunks of semi-sweet chocolate (no no, chocolate chips are much too tiny for my party).

As I took the first bite, I went back to my book, and there it was, my long-awaited guest, making itself comfortable by the extra plate I’ve set aside.

‘You know, eating’s much more important than most people think. There comes a time in your life when you’ve just got to have something super-delicious. And when you’re standing at that crossroads your whole life can change, depending on which one you go into — the good restaurant or the awful one. It’s like — do you fall on this side of the fence, or the other side.’

Haruki Murakami, ‘Crabs’ in Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

And with that single bite (plus this morning’s sms from the sister saying that the cookies were a hit, and they’re gone), I knew that I made the right decision with these super-delicious cookies.

Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
(adapted from here)

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp hot water
2 cups coarsely-chopped chocolate (or chocolate chips, if you prefer)

  1. Preheat the oven to 180C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together. Add in eggs one at a time with the vanilla extract.
  3. Dissolve the baking soda in hot water, and add to the batter.
  4. Stir in flour and cream of tartar, and chocolate chunks.
  5. Drop large spoonfuls onto baking sheet, and bake for about 10-15mins, until the cookies are golden brown.

Recipe Tip #1: Don’t scoop your flour out of the bottle, instead spoon the flour into the cup, and level the top off with a knife.

Recipe Tip #2: If you don’t want them to be puffy and cake-like, just make smaller balls and flatten them slightly in the middle before going into the oven.

19 thoughts on “a plate of cookie

  1. Shaheen

    Your cookies looks so good. But I’m just not a chewy cookies kinda person. I like my choc chip cookies to be buttery and crumbly. I’ve tried so many recipes but never found any to my liking so I gave up. I think choc chip shortbread suits me the best.

    I’m still smiling about using chucks of chocolates and not choc chips. πŸ˜€

  2. ovenhaven Post author

    bie: I’m so sorry I forgot to pass some to you. They’re all gone now, but I’ll make some for you another day okay?

    didally: I think its the high moisture content. That’s why I used a higher proportion of brown sugar c/f white sugar, since brown sugar has a higher moisture content because of the molasses. I also read that it’s better if the dough is stiff since it spreads less when baking, and hence moisture can be retained. I personally preferred Alton Brown’s The Chewy in terms of texture, and I think the melted butter in his recipe had something to do with the chewiness.

    maya: Haha, I do hope that you’ll like them as much as my family did πŸ™‚

    Shaheen: Oh choc chip shortbread sounds so good! Will it work with chocolate chunks as well? πŸ˜›

  3. ovenhaven Post author

    Bernice: Hope you’ll like them, dearie! Or rather, hope your sis likes them! πŸ˜›

    jean: Hahaha, the chocolate was literally oozing out when I took the photo. Suffice to say that after two shots, I succumbed to his temptations.

    faizah: Cookies and tea for me! πŸ˜€

  4. linda

    They do look super delicious! I’m all about chunks of chocolate, you can’t even taste chocolate chips πŸ˜‰ Too bad my hormones don’t like chocolate at the moment 😦 Hopefully in a few weeks again πŸ˜€

  5. ovenhaven Post author

    linda: Oh dear, wonky hormones! I’m sure it’ll be fine soon enough. In the meantime, I’ll gladly eat chocolate for you! πŸ˜‰

    Zita: Thanks, dearie πŸ™‚

    grace: Hahaha. I wish I had some to ship over to you right now!

    Gigi: Thanks, dearie! πŸ™‚

  6. ovenhaven Post author

    HHB: Thanks for the tag, dearie! Will have a go at it soon πŸ™‚

    plethoraofetceteras: I chopped up a semi-sweet chocolate bar actually πŸ˜›

  7. Dorothy

    i have to agree with the above comment; my chocolate cookies always come out best when i chop up the chocolate from a bar instead of using chocolate chips!

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