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Monday, August 11, 2008

Cookies for the weekend: White and dark chocolate chunk cookies - fun to do with kids

This was a fun and very easy project to do with my son (5 years old) on a Sunday afternoon.
The recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Easy”, and it is dedicate to my friend, Sharon, who checks my blog every day, and who told me that I inspire her to start cooking and baking which she rarely did before.

Makes about 40 cookies.
(Use chips if you don’t have bars of chocolate).

6 oz. bittersweet chocolate
4 oz. white chocolate
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cut chocolate to ¼ - ½-inch pieces. Set aside.
Sift flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
In a mixer with paddle attachment, cream the butter until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape sides of the bowl. Add sugars and beat 1-2 minutes. Add egg and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
Gradually add the flour (on low speed). Add chocolate and beat just until incorporated.
Place 2 pieces of parchment/wax paper on work surface. Scoop dough to make 2 logs about 2 inches in diameter on each paper. Keep them rolled in the parchment and refrigerate for 2 hours (we went to the park), and for as long as a week.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 1-2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut logs into slices ¼-inch thick. Place cookies about 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes, reversing the pans front to back halfway (and up/down if using 2 baking sheets in the oven at the same time).
The cookies are done when they are brown around the edges and on the bottom (lift one with a spatula to check). Remove from oven and cool on a rack, or just slide parchment off onto surface for the cookies to cool.

Bake with your kids.
Kids can: sift flour, measure ingredients, mix, look what’s going on inside the mixer 9stand next to them and explain about safety), make logs, arrange cookies on baking sheet. And of course, EAT THE COOKIES, you little cookie monsters.

Have fun!

1 comment:

Pum said...

:-) Thank you!!!!! Yummmmmmmy ;-)