Christmas Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

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After much contemplation about my next recipe I decided to do something for the upcoming festive season! Nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie straight out of the oven and to give it that Christmasy twist I added red, green and yellow Cadbury gems to it! You can add m&m’s too, same thing.

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Quick confession: Cadbury gems are multicolored and I literally had to pick red green and yellow ones! Despite my best effort, I didn’t find enough of those colors (even in 10 packets) so I added a a few pink ones! You could buy more packets or make multi coloured cookies! Or even better, you could buy loose m&m’s if you have a m&m store nearby! (Sad thing there’s none in India)

Anyway.. Getting back to my recipe, it’s really easy with very little baking time. However, you need chill the cookie dough for about an hour before baking. The end result is a cookie crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside! The gems give it that additional crunch! YUM!

The recipe has been adapted from Sally’s Chocolate Chip Cookies at Sally’s Baking Addiction, I have fallen in LOVE with her baking and the pictures on her blog are to die for! You can check it out here.

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I’m adding a tutorial with pictures for extra clarity! It’s really easy, I say give it a try!
P.s. These cookies are chewy and not crunchy! If you like cookies that are something between a cake and a biscuit then these ones are for you! Honestly, I’ve tried many recipes even took cookie baking classes but nothing worked for me like these! I think I’ve found ‘my CCC recipe’.

So, What are we baking?
Christmas Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

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What are we using?

This recipe yields about a dozen cookies. You could double it for 2 dozens. I like making stuff in smaller batches, it’s easy and when I’m trying something new I have less things to trash just in case I stuff up 😉

85 gms butter (or 5-6 tbsp)
1 tbsp white granulated sugar
75 gms brown sugar (or 5 tbsp)
Half an egg (you can beat the egg and divide it into half) or you can use 2 tbsp vegetable oil.
1 tsp vanilla essence
175 gms flour
1/2 tsp baking soda (you can use 1/2 tsp baking powder instead)
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cornflour or cornstarch
50 gms chocolate chips
60 gms Cadbury gems or m&m’s (red, green and yellow color, or you could cheat like me and use a few pink ones too :p)
Baking tray for baking or a muffin tray works fine too (I used it)
Butter for greasing
Butter paper for lining the baking sheet (I used muffin cups in my muffin tray)

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What are we doing?

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Step 1: Whisk the butter until light and fluffy.
Step 2: Add in the sugar and whisk until completely mixed.
Step 3: Mix in half an egg and vanilla essence and whisk until a fluffy mixture has formed.
Step 4: In a separate bowl, sieve the flour, baking soda, salt and cornflour.
Step 5: Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture little by little until it forms a dough.
Step 6: Add in the gems and chocolate chips, and mix so that they are evenly distributed.
Step 7: Wrap this dough in foil paper and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour (max 2 hours)
Step 8: Take out the dough and you’ll see crumbs falling. Get it all together, you’ll have a hard, smooth cookie dough.
Step 9: Take about 1 tbsp of cookie dough, form it into a ball and flatten it a little. Don’t worry about it being perfect, imperfections are what make homemade cookies beautiful. Bake in the oven for 6 minutes at 160 degree Celsius and then for 13 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
P.s. Every oven is different, I’d say just bake until you see little cracks on top of the cookies and golden colour on the edges. My oven is very old, so it took that long. The original recipe calls for 8-9 minutes baking at 180 degree Celsius.

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Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes and they are ready to be eaten! You can keep them upto 1 week on room temp, I keep them until they start to smell or taste funny! Can’t waste my hard work like that! :p

I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe, you can add your own combinations to make them more fun! Do suggest me some nice combinations that you’d like to see in the future and I’ll surely get back to you with amazing recipes!

Try sandwiching the cookies with Nutella in the centre ! Dunk in cold milk and enjoy! Please write back if you like our recipes!

Lots of love
Radhika xx

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Lemon Loaf Cake!

Hello readers,

Quick flashback~ I lived in London for a year or so and that’s where I was acquainted to lemon cakes. I would almost all the time buy McVities Lemon cake when I went grocery shopping (that cake is gorgeous). But after coming back to my motherland India, I could no longer enjoy my favorite cake so I decided to bake it! To my horror, that lemon cake turned out to be a disaster! My cakes may not turn out perfect all the time but they always taste great but this particular cake in question shook my confidence in baking, cooking and everything I thought I knew!

Luckily, I’ve got the skin of a Rhino and I never give up! I kept looking for better recipes and ways to avoid another disaster and today my friends was the day when I combined a few recipes and baked a PERFECT lemon loaf cake!!! God finally granted my wish! So my readers, look no further, this is the recipe you want to try to bake a super moist lemon loaf cake!

So, What are we baking?

Lemon Loaf Cake

This recipe will yield a 20 cm loaf. Serves abut 6-8 people.

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My lemon loaf cake! Happy baking!

What are we using?

22 cm loaf tin

250 gms flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

150 gms light brown sugar

125 gms butter (room temp)

2 large eggs

1 tbsp lemon juice

Rind of 1 lemon

150 ml milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

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Super moist on the inside!

What are we doing?

Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Butter your tin and line with parchment/butter paper.

Step 1: Sieve flour and baking powder and mix it properly.

Step 2: Whisk together butter and sugar until pale yellow. In a separate jar, whisk together milk and eggs.

Step 3: Add the flour mix little by little to the butter+sugar mix. Simultaneously, keep adding the milk+eggs milk little by little too, so that that it forms a batter. By the end of this process, your flour mix, milk+eggs mix and butter+sugar mix should have formed a smooth batter.

Step 3: Add in the lemon juice, lemon rind and vanilla essence to the mixture to the batter. Make sure its not too liquidey. I’ve noticed thicker batters yield denser cakes.

Step 4: Bake at 160 degrees for 35 minutes or until just golden on the top. Insert a skewer and if it comes out clean then your cake is ready!

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Tea and my lemon loaf cake! Match made in cake heaven!

Enjoy this cake on a sunny morning with tea or munch on it after supper!

Let us know what you thought about it and how your cake turned out!  I’m sure you’ll love it!

Much love,

Radhika xx