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New Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Muffins and Cookies, Tea Party, Under 30 min! on March 11, 2007 at 7:17 pm


Time to get back to some cooking business. My son seconds the thought. He is presently in the middle of his X Board Exams. Two down, three to go. And I had promised to bake his favourite chocolate chip cookies during his preparatory holidays. He reminded that if I continued like this his exams would soon be over, with no cookies whatsoever.

Tomorrow is his Sanskrit paper and I could see it was getting harder to make him stay in his room. So we made a deal: I’ll bake the cookies, and he’ll try to keep his butt in his room. Moms are allowed to bribe a little when they think prudent. It is more like an incentive. And he has been good (he just might have aced the Math paper!! Yay! He got a hug for that! πŸ™‚ ).

I started the preparation just before lunch time. Bad idea. The lunch needed to be fixed as well. In my rush, I didn’t look at the recipe carefully enough. It called for rolled oats which I never have. So I had to resort to the recipe on the Nestle semi-sweet morsel package. I was still not paying close attention. That called for oats too! Before I knew it I had a huge batch of dough and a new recipe. Less fat. I wasn’t about to dump my month’s ration of butter into the cookies, no way. So I replaced it partly with vegetable oil. These turned out really great. And I wrote down the ingredients right away before I could forget.

As always, the first batch out of the oven was gone before it could cool! The son approved and returned to his room [sigh of relief]. He’s back since and at the computer playing games – he’s prepared as much as he wants to. And that’s final. I have learned to pick my battles. I am not going to pick one for Sanskrit. The Science paper is in two weeks πŸ™‚ .

My New Chocolate Chip Cookies
(makes about 7-8 doz.) πŸ™‚

3 Β½ C all purpose flour
2 t baking soda
2 t cinnamon powder
1 Β½ t salt
2 ΒΌ C sugar (3 C if not in India; replace half with brown sugar if you have)
ΒΌ C butter
2/3 C refined vegetable oil
2 t vanilla essence
3 large eggs
3 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 C chopped nuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to Gas Mark 6 (375 F). Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Take the sugar in a large bowl. Add butter, oil, vanilla essence and eggs. Mix on low speed till light. Add the eggs and mix. Now add the flour mixture and mix till well combined. Stir in the chocolate morsels (and nuts, if using). Spoon on to an ungreased baking sheet and bake for 12-13 minutes, rotating half way through. Cool for just a minute before removing to a wire rack for further cooling. This is the trick to keeping the cookies whole and saving yourself a lot of frustration. Unless, of course, you have the fancy Sil Pat silicone sheets being featured all over. Just give a sharp nudge and the cookies will come off – whole! If you like them chewy (the whole point of cookies – else we would call them biscuits, right?), store with a small piece of bread.

But there is something to be said for fresh cookies. So halve the recipe or freeze half the dough to bake later, as I have done.

Got milk? A great treat for all the kids. They deserve it. As does that kid inside you. Deal with the consequences later. πŸ™‚

  1. I can’t believe all of of the things that are being made of silicone these days! During one of my last shopping excursions, I saw COLLAPSIBLE measuring cups of silicone- they actually go flat! Entertainment for hours surely, but I steadfastedly stand by my stainless steel; I know silicone is safe, but I haven’t the nerve yet to stick something plastic-wiggly into the oven. Call me old-fashioned. I like the bell-like clang-clang of metals pans. A silicone-infused kitchen would be so QUIET.
    Wow- you are a really great mom! You’ve given him a lot of fond memories to look back upon when he is older. I hope my sister does as well when her son reaches school age. I have a feeling though, that she’ll be enlisting Uncle Pel’s help with extra tutoring of certain subjects. And I’ll make some cookies! These look great! They have me thinking I ought to make some, to have handy for company that stops by of course… πŸ™‚
    I am curious, why the difference in sugar measurements in and outside of India?

    Never thought like that – indeed it would be a quiet kitchen. I too cannot get over the plastic-ky look that won’t melt in the oven!! I couldn’t bring myself to buy those muffin pans!! But hand gloves might be nice.

    Now he tells us !! Uncle Pel! πŸ™‚

    Yeah! I think I’ve done good as a mother. He will have fond recorded memories!

    Our sugar is sweeter, as Manisha has already said. (thumb-wagging emoticon here!) πŸ™‚ Nay nay Ne nay nay! πŸ™‚

  2. Been waiting for your next post for a while! Hope exams are going smooth, I never got any cookies when I gave the exams, i did have the cricket world cup for company though and I like cricket 😦

    Nice cookies and yes 3 and half cups is a lot of flour. Besides I have that small counter top OTG, so if i use this recipe, I’ll just use enough to go in one batch and then freeze the rest?

    Whats the modus operandi of using the frozen dough…will it become soggy on thawing?

    Three down…Sanskrit went okay too.

    I have never frozen dough before – first time. I don’t think it will get soggy. I am going to semi thaw it and then scoop spoonfuls onto the tray and into the hot oven. Half the cookies are gone already….! Thankfully, mainly Anu! These do have considerably lesser fat that usual and yet none the worse for it!

  3. Hi,

    Inviting cookies and a nice write-up! Good luck to you and your son on the exams! πŸ™‚ A doubt though, can the cookies be made eggless? Thanks,


    Thanks! I’ve never needed to make these without eggs – but I’m sure there might be some recipes around…or you could do your own trials using some buttermilk…

  4. Cookies look yummy..All the best to ur son! Reading this post reminded me of my 10th exams..I still get dreams about my Maths paper:)

    Even I get nightmares about taking tests and being unprepared!!

  5. Something is going on with the comments section. When I edit to include my response, it is changing the time stamp and the order of comments changes. Hopefully this is just a temporary glitch. If not, then God help me! (Or Manisha?) πŸ™‚

  6. First of all Best Of Luck to your son for his exams πŸ™‚ Best of luck to you too, becoz nowadays parents are under more tension and pressure, when their kids are appearing for an exam and that too board exam :)))
    I can relate to the whole episode you mentioned while making the cookies. This has happened with me many times πŸ™‚
    The cookies are looking nice, and crisp:)

    Yes, and the media just makes it worse for the poor kids by reminding them (one month before the Exams!). But we have been very cool parents. My son vouches on this! He has gone out to play his daily football/badminton everyday, even during this month, even the day before the exam. If he was able to find someone to play with, that is!!
    Luckily, Maths is his favourite subject. The only favourite subject!

  7. Pel, Indian sugar is sweeter.

    Anita, if you are adopting, I’m the first in line!

    Anytime. But you’ll have to move to India. πŸ™‚ Still willing? And I get the whole package, Medha included!

  8. Given some of the attitude I am getting these days, I might just have you adopt her with visitation rights! πŸ˜€ Naw! Who am I kidding! I can’t do without her.

    Ashwini of Food for Thought had posted this link about substituting ingredients in recipes. I’ve heard of applesauce in place of eggs but never tried it. That link might help Ranjana and anyone else who’s like me (er…you,too!) and never has the required ingredients on hand but has the process going full swing!

  9. Anita reminded me of Mom I always had my way with Mom but Dad it was a different thing. Wish your kid luck for the remaining papers.

    You have a way with your dad too…doesn’t he make nice things for you? πŸ™‚

  10. 7-8 dozen? one can’ have too many cookies, i guess.
    You got it, bee!! πŸ™‚ Time to thaw the frozen dough!

  11. This recipe is on my weekend to-do list :). i heart chocolate chip cookies.

    BTW, i wrote a cpl. of dried palak recipes in the comments section of your previous post.

    Thanks, Musical. I setting out palak to dry just as soon as the sun comes out – we are having some freak rains at this time – and it snowed in Srinagar!! Bad news for potatoes, and wheat and…us!

  12. Anita, I will need your login and credit card number πŸ˜€

    Should I hurry with the adoption first…(that probably needs more details!!) πŸ™‚

  13. And here is Manisha to the rescue (the missing part-message):

    “Ashwini of Food for Thought had posted this link about substituting ingredients in recipes. I’ve heard of applesauce in place of eggs but never tried it. That link might help Ranjana and anyone else who’s like me (er…you,too!) and never has the required ingredients on hand but has the process going full swing! “

  14. Anita and Manisha
    Thanks for the tip on sugar….this is “jaggery” you are talking about then? jagery..jagger…shagger…shugger..sugar…it IS good stuff!(“Sharkara” means “pebble”?)
    I’ve heard about replacing eggs with applesauce too…Maybe 2T per omited egg?)I think any other sweet fruit puree would work as well. I’ve eaten(but have never made) “vegan” cookies like this; the texture is a bit more crumbly, but still good.

    You’re turning into a problem child so soon!? Anita, just tell her “no” for the credit card- she has enough pretty clothes- and give her a cookie! πŸ™‚

    No, no, not jaggery/gur. That won’t be good πŸ™‚ in these cookies – too unrefined! We are talking plain refined granulated sugar. It could be the source maybe. Indian sugar is derived from sugarcane and American from sugarbeets (?).

    You’re right about the etimology – some current Indian words for sugar – shakkar, saakhar. Don’t know if ‘sharkara’ is Sanskrit for pebble (Wiki seems to say so). Jaggery is not an Indian word – gur is the Hindi word – pronounced ‘good’.

  15. Anita Sure I do have a way with Dad too in matters of food πŸ™‚ but never about studies and career. Mom was more like the negotiating one when it came to study time and food. I miss her alot. Wish she was around to see me at this time in my life yet I guess she is watching me from up there :).

  16. Well, not always…some brands(like “C and H”) are purely from sugarcane…other brands are indeed made from beets or a mixture of the two. I’m not sure if there’s really a taste or sweetness difference between the two when it’s this refined(pure sucrose).
    So, “gur” is the word…Is “jaggery” a British term? It does have a unique flavour…
    OK..I just received an education from Wikipedia. Although the local Indian grocer sells only sugarcane gur here, I have bought palm gur from Thai grocers- beautiful stuff! πŸ™‚ Very good in coffee… πŸ˜‰

    I love palm gur too – good to nibble on, if I can get my hands on it. It is used a lot in Bengali cuisine and is called Patali gur in Bangla.

  17. Can’t say I didn’t try! Pel, she did say she would adopt me!

    Looks like WordPress went nuts looking at the cookies. Once the sugar high was over, things returned to normal!

    Yup, it seems to be behaving. You can still have a cookie though. πŸ™‚

  18. wow! i didn’t know u had a 10th grade son. πŸ™‚ wonderfully decadent looking cookies.

    Yeah, I don’t act like I do either! And I am not really that old. πŸ™‚ Grays? What grays? πŸ™‚ No dye, mind you.

  19. An absolute fantastic blog.. had a lovely time just reading the works. The photos are just awesome!! I cant tell you how much I’m enjoying these forays into the world of food blogs. You guys rock.. and have me salivating over countless recipes. My notepad is full of grocery lists and is getting bigger by the minute. Need to try all of them.
    One comment on the lack of oats.. how many cups would you have added.. I believe that is what makes cookies chewy and a little more healthy!?!
    Thanks again… you inspire me!

    Angela, welcome to the really Mad Tea Party! I am glad you have enjoyed your visits so far and look forward to hearing how some of the recipes here are turning out for you! Most recipes here are quick and easy – and usually on the healthy side! An occasional cookie or a pakora only contributes to wellness πŸ™‚

    Oats are only now becoming available in India and I see little point in adding it to my cooking at the present prices! For these cookies you may try replacing half of the flour with old-fashioned rolled oats. If you do that, also reduce the sugar by half. See if works for you!

    And thank you for your nice words.

  20. Hi again. Great cookies and good luck to your son. Thanks for your kind words on my blog.

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