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Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Cookies, Dessert, Favorite Recipes on April 10, 2020 at 10:13 pm

The perfect chocolate chip cookie is chewy in the middle,  crispy at the ends and disappears by the next morning when you have a bunch of little ladies in the house.



  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup salted butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips 



Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place parchment paper on your baking pan. Cream the butter for a minute or so on medium speed in your stand mixer. Add in both the sugars and cream till light and fluffy (medium-high speed). Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Next add the flour, salt and baking soda and mix gently (I use the stand mixer for the whole recipe). Add 2 cups of chocolate chips and mix one last time. Place the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Using an ice cream scoop or spoon, scoop up 1.5 inches of dough, make a ball and flatten gently in your palms. Place the cookies 3 inches apart on your baking pan and bake till edges are brown and centers still pale. Gently transfer to a cooling rack.

Goes perfectly with a glass of milk!

Melting Moments

In Cookies on January 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

2011 has flashed by in almost a heartbeat. The year passed, has been filled with joyous moments watching my baby girl become a toddler. Her spirit captures me every moment we spend together. Here’s welcoming 2012 and many more adventures.

Recipe courtesy Joy of


1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 cup cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup  powdered sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1/2 cup  powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt.In another bowl  beat the butter and sugar until creamy and smooth. Add the vanilla extract and then the flour mixture and beat just until incorporated. Cool in refrigerator till firm.

When batter is firm, form into 1 inch  balls and place the cookies on the baking sheet, spacing about 1 inch apart. Bake for about 10 – 14 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just start to brown. Take extra care here as they do brown rather quickly. Remove from oven. Put the powderedsugar in a fine strainer and sprinkle the tops of the cookies with the sugar.

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Puddle cookies

In Cookies, Dessert, Favorite Recipes on September 26, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Chocolate Chip Fudge Cookies
makes about 24 large cookies

1/2 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder (optional)
1 pound (16-ounces) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup unsalted butter, cut into small chunks
1 3/4 cups granulated white sugar
4 large eggs, room temperature
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup Crunchie bars chopped fine

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, and espresso powder.

Melt the chocolate and butter in in the microwave, stirring until smooth.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until pale yellow and thick, about 5 minutes. The batter will fall back into the bowl in slow ribbons. Add in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla extract. Fold in the dry ingredients to the chocolate batter and mix only until incorporated. Stir in the crunchie crumbles. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the batter until firm, about 1 hour or overnight (the most important step)

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F (177-degrees C) and place rack in center of the oven. Drop batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto prepared cookie sheets, spacing evenly. . Bake cookies 8- 9 minutes.  Do not over-bake. 

They will be chewy and incredibly divine!

Magic Bars

In Cookies on August 1, 2011 at 5:29 pm

A few years ago, we vacationed at Halfmoon Bay, BC. I had my first nanaimo bar that summer and that cookie is one of B.C’s best kept secrets. It’s a wonderful marriage of graham cracker crust with chocolate and coconut, all held together with some custard.

Since I had no plans to make homemade custard, I found a variation of a nanaimo bar – a magic bar! This bar also has a graham cookie crust with a rich buttery taste. It’s supposed to be a 7 layer bar, but I skipped a few layers. The original recipe can be found here.

Here’s my version:

Seven Layer Bar:


Graham crackers 5 ounces

One stick of butter

One cup coconut flakes (unsweetened)

3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

One can on sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)


Prepare a square baking dish with parchment paper or coat the insides with some butter.

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spread the coconut in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in oven. Bake till the edges are a light golden brown. This will not take longer than 3-5 minutes and may even be quicker so keep checking. Coconut tends to burn quickly.

Next, crush the graham crackers coarsely. Melt butter. Combine the melted butter and the graham crackers together.  Press the crumbs evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.

Layer the coconut over the crust, followed by white chocolate chips and then the semi sweet chocolate chips. Pour the condensed milk evenly over the chocolately goodness. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes. The condensed milk will be golden, the chips melted and you should be able to smell the coconut….

Cool for 30 minutes. I actually placed it in the fridge for 30 minutes before cutting. Its super hot here and the bar was too sticky without placing in the fridge.

Enjoy, – made about 12 bars.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

In Cookies on October 7, 2010 at 3:09 am

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Whole Wheat Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 3/4 cup rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup whole wheat flour
2/3 cup  wheat bran (or germ)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt

1 cup / 8 oz  unsalted butter

1 cup / 6.5 oz  natural cane sugar or light brown sugar

1 cup / 6 oz / 170 g firmly packed Muscovado or dark brown sugar

2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

10 oz  semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped a

Preheat the oven to 350F, with racks placed in the middle. Line two baking sheets with unbleached parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium bowl combine the oats, flour, wheat bran, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

Either by hand, or using an electric mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar for 3+ minutes, scraping down sides a few times along the way. Incorporate the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla – scraping the sides of the bowl another time or two. Add the dry mixture, and stir until everything barely comes together. Then stir in the chocolate, mixing until it is evenly distributed throughout the dough.

Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup, to make uniform dough balls. Arrange each cookie at least 3-inches apart on the prepared baking sheet. They’ll flatten out quite a bit. For extra crisp cookies, bake until deeply, deeply golden on the bottom, about 15+ minutes. For Chewy Cookies Cook for about 13 min. Rotate the pans once about 2/3 the way through baking – back to front, top to bottom. Cool on a rack.

Makes about 2 dozen large cookies.