Every now and then I am on a break from our blog. I guess with everything that you are passionate about there comes a time when you want to take a break.. relax..take a backseat and just wait for the right moment to get back on your feet and start again....that is if you are still passionate about it.
Thankfully my passion to cook and click is still alive and hence here I am sharing a little overdued 'Sweet day' post.
Choco chip cookies is not something new to the world of baking. In fact they were invented accidentally by Ruth Graves Wakefield of Toll House Inn who replaced baker's chocolate with chopped pieces of semisweet chocolate bar from Nestle which did not melt and only softened giving birth to the famous Chocochip cookies.
As famous as the chocochip cookies itself is its pairing with a glass of milk. There is certainly something about dunking your cookie in a glass of milk and eating it which is loved by all.
Recently I chanced upon the Cronut Guru Dominique Ansel's newest invention-The Cookie shots where he has given a new dimension to the timeless pairing of cookies and milk. He made cookies shaped in glasses which can hold the milk and therefore you can drink your milk and eat your cookie at the same time. The cookie shots are lined with a layer of melted chocolate to avoid the milk seeping in the cookie and breaking it.
I decided to try them at home but struggled with any pan of that shape. Found on the net about using stainless steel for baking and chose some glasses for my experiment which turned out pretty good. Stainless steel can get very very hot and hence you need to be very very careful while dealing with it for baking. Another important thing is greasing the glasses really really well. I regretted not trying one batch by lining the glass with butter paper/parchment paper. I overbaked one batch and had the toughest time of my life trying to get the cookie out from the glass. Well, it finally crumbled and came out a mess. Thankfully one cookie glass came out good enough for my experiment and I loved pouring my milk into it and enjoyed the experience of having my milk in a cookie glass!
This sweet recipe definitely had to be on my Sweet day recipe list. Vaanya, my daughter enjoyed the cookies more than the cookie glass. I guess the traditional did beat the modern here.
Recipe : Adapted from here
Ingredients : Yields about 15 small cookies (2" round) and 2 cookie glasses (3" height)
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 3 tbsp sugar, powdered
- 4 tbsp brown sugar, powdered
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup choco-chips
- 1/4 cup melted dark chocolate
Take butter and both sugars in a bowl and whisk till light and fluffy.
Add all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and knead to a smooth dough.
Knead in the choco chips.
Refrigerate the dough wrapped in cling film for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius.
Take Stainless steel glasses and brush inside with butter liberally. Take little portions of the dough and press against the steel glass and smoothen it.
Refrigerate the glass for 15 minutes for the dough to set.
Roll the leftover dough to 1/4 " thickness and cut out round shapes with a cutter.
Place them on an aluminium lined baking tray.
Bake the cookies for 10 minutes and allow them to cool.
Put the steel glasses in the oven and bake for 15-17 minutes.
Allow to cool completely as the steel glass will be very hot.
When completely cool tap the cookie glass out of the stainless steel glass.
Coat the inside with melted chocolate and let it dry.
Pour milk in the cookie glasses and serve.
Enjoy a sip from the cookie glass and take a bite from the cookie glass or just enjoy the choco chip cookies classic style by dunking them in a glass of milk.
- You can use deep muffin pans to make the cookie glasses instead of the stainless steel glass
- Melted white chocolate can also be used to coat the inside of the cookie glass
- You may omit the cocoa powder in the dough for the more classic Choco-chip cookies
Happy Chocochip cookies devouring