Saturday, May 9, 2009

going easy

I didn't realise that it has been almost a month since I last posted something. Finally done with my exams!! and am now officially unemployed. sigh~

Well, on a happier note, I'm back to my baking regime again! I have been checking back regularly and have been baking during the past month. Was pretty busy with preparing for the exams towards the end so I totally ceased baking. My brother saw me mixing and measuring in the kitchen this afternoon and he said "eh? you like very long nv bake le hor?" well, yes my dear, i'm glad you realised. =p

I have been baking then and now but was just too tired and couldn't really be bothered to take pictures and blog about them. they were more like..erm..a break from studying for me. of course, i did attempt some new stuff and re-visited some old recipes and now, i have a huge pile of recipes waiting for me to try them out!

I seriously had no idea where to start, so I decided to go easy. Isn't it pretty obvious that cookies would be the number one choice? hehe. no complicated mixing, no fretting over super accurate oven temperatures and of course, a breeze to make. and fast too. needless to say, easy to photograph as well. no need to fret over the slices, the whole look, etc. most importantly, they're so yummy and addictive!

I got this recipe via Anna's freebies (by subscribing to her mailing list). She has her story and how she arrived at naming these cute little peanut butter cookies - peanut butter blessings. Well, I have my own too! I brought some freshly baked ones for my brother to try without telling him what were those and got him to guess. he went, "is it one of those cny cookies again?" I went ?! aren't they obviously peanut butter cookies? and it suddenly struck me after tasting a second one, gosh! they're almost identical to those peanut cookies you'd probably have during cny! Tries to modify the cny almond cookies recipe to the peanut version, didn't taste as nice and addictive as the almond ones. and so...this means, i've found my cny peanut cookies replacement!!

That aside, this recipe is really really easy. you don't need a mixer. just a whisk or a wooden spoon and 1 mixing bowl. you're good to go. i got every mixed in less than 10 minutes. quick. fuss free. and yummy =)

I'm not sure if i'm able to share the recipe out here as she changes her freebies link from time to time and subscirbers get updated ones via her newletters. So if you really wanna get your hands on her various free recipes, just hop on here to join her mailing list. it's free anyway!

I orignally intended to try out three cookie recipes. All thanks to my laziness and procrastination, I only managed two! The other is none other than these super chocolatey double chocolate chip almond cookies!

I got this recipe from Elyn which, is another really easy recipe to make =) Although the recipe required creaming the butter and sugar, I was again, too lazy to bring out the mixer. So...yes you guessed it, I used a whisk to put everything together. It's pretty easy to cream the butter/sugar mixture with a manual whisk provided your butter is soft enough and of course, the amount not too much lah. I found this pretty manageable for this recipe and managed to get it light and fluffy without breaking my arms =p

Elyn doesn't mention how big or how much each cookie should be, so I just guessed and used my own measurements. Her recipe state that it yields about 42 cookies, but i managed about 48. *shrugs* nonetheless, the cookies were crispy, crunchy and chocolateyyy!

Here's the recipe with some of my modifications.

Double chocolate chip almond cookies


100g butter
45g sugar
45g brown sugar
20g egg (about half an egg)
140g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
60g chocolate chip
30g diced almond


1.Line baking tray with parchment or baking paper. Preheat oven to 170C.
2.Cream butter and sugar till light and fluffy. Add in egg a little at a time until well mixed.
3.Fold in sifted flour, cocoa powder and baking soda till just combined.
4.Mix in chocolate chips and diced almonds.
5.Measure out leveled 1/2 tablespoonfuls of dough, roll them into a ball and place on baking tray. Use a fork and flatten the cookies.
6. Bake for 13-15 min.

Makes approx. 48 pieces.

Note :- The cookie does not flatten or spread out during baking.

adapted from Elyn

~happy baking!~


Anna said...

Hi Fiona,
Cool! You tried the recipe! So happy you liked the result =) The chocolate cookies look so crunchy and nice too... droolz.

youfei said...

Hi Anna,

These were probably one of the simplest cookies recipes I've tried!

I managed more than 40 small cookies though =p

Anna said...

heehee... i always have bit of trouble counting small cookies. I used level teaspoons to measure out the dough and I still can't count it right because some of them go into our mouths before i can count them.

youfei said...

that's true! I don't even really know exactly how many cookies i got! =p

Passionate About Baking said...

Hi Youfei,
Wow! Finally exam is over! And you've started baking. What a coincidence! Both of us baked the Double Chocolate & Almond cookies from Elyn! Hahaha...
See you this Sunday at Anna's! ;)

youfei said...

Hi Jane,

yep it's finally over! =) yea! It's actually been on my to-do list for a while and i thought i start with sth simple =p the cookies are really good! and crunchy! my bro and sis loves them! well, i love them too haha..

see ya this sunday!

Ian's mummy said...

Heh! Finally see u back in action! Thot u no mood to do anything with D away. Ha ha!

youfei said...

haha! no lah! life still goes on and the earth still spins, so does my electric mixer. wahahhaa!

i've been really lazy these days and waking up real late =p wonder is it the accumulated lack of slp! i knew sth was wrong when i could manage 6 hours a day for the past week..haha..must be the exams =p

Ian's mummy said...

Ya! can see that your electric mixer is spinning hard. ha ha...

btw, I can solve ur unemployment status - be my son's playmate. Hee Hee!

youfei said...

haha! Do I get paid? or only free meals? haha =p

Ian's mummy said...

Can't afford to pay you leh... but can provide free meals lah.... plus free exercise! Hee hee

youfei said...

hmm...i'll think about it hehe

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