A friend who has just started to learn baking asked me recently - How do I decide which recipe to try out and how do I know if it will turn out ok? My answer to her is, for a baking fanatic like myself, I don't mind experimenting with different recipes of the same dish, as I enjoy spending time in the kitchen. But as I ponder over her questions further, I realised that most of the time, I tend to be intrigued by recipes with ingredients or preparation method that I've not use before.
One such example is latest version of chocolate chip cookies that I baked this afternoon. I've made countless versions of the cookies, and I'm still on the hunt for the perfect recipes. So when I chanced upon a blogger's post reminiscing about her stay at the DoubleTree Hotel many years ago and the chocolate chip cookies that she received upon checking in, I was curious and wonder how the cookies taste like. I looked for recipe online and managed to find it via Foodgeeks. When I looked through the ingredients list, I knew that I have to give the recipe a try as it calls for ground rolled oats which is new to me. I made some slight adjustments to the recipe by reducing the amount of sugar and chocolate chips, and I also made the cookies smaller. The cookies are delicious indeed and I've been unable to stop myself from eating them at all!
DoubleTree Hotel's Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Recipe adapted from Foodgeeks
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
2 1/2 cups semi-sweet, chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups walnuts, toasted and chopped
1) Grind rolled oats with a blender until fine.
2) Mix flour, ground oats, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
3) In a medium bowl, mix butter, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla extract with an electric mixer until well combined.
4) Add the eggs one at a time, mix until smooth.
5) Add flour mixture, using a rubber spatula, mix until combined.
6) Stir chocolate chips and walnuts into the mixture.
7) Chill the dough in the fridge overnight.
8) Preheat the oven to 350 deg C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
9) Using a 4cm ice-cream scoop, drop spoonful of dough onto the lined baking tray.
10) Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven, and let the cookies cool on a wire rack.