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Recipe: Hershey Cookies

Recipe: Hershey Cookies

2 c. butter or margarine
2 c. white sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
4 c. flour
5 c. oatmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
24 oz. chocolate chips
8 oz. Hershey chocolate M&M’s
3 c. nuts (optional)

Cream together butter (or margarine), white sugar and brown sugar. Then add eggs and vanilla. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together:

4 c. flour
5 c. oatmeal (measure oatmeal first, then put small amounts of oatmeal in blender & grind it into a powder)

1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder

Mix everything together and add:

24 oz. chocolate chips
8 oz. Hershey chocolate M&M’s
3 c. nuts (optional)

Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

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Four Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Four Facts About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies are one of the most popular biscuits in the world – here are some interesting and fun facts about chocolate chip cookies, which include the difference between an American and an English Cookie, and how the cookie was born.

Ruth Wakefield of the Toll House restaurant is credited to be the first person to bake a chocolate chip cookie as we know it today. The chocolate chip cookie arose because she was actually a little bit lazy. Ruth decided to throw in small chunks of chocolate into her cookie mix assuming it would melt (and therefore produce drop cookies she was aiming for).   Ruth assumed the chocolate would melt and nobody would know the difference. For Ruth, it was a shortcut that really paid off. Her customers loved the chocolate chip cookie and the ‘Toll House Cookie’ was born. Nestle later bought the trademark.

In the UK, the term ‘cookies’ generally refers to Chocolate Chip cookies, and other forms of cookie are called ‘biscuits’ – in America, generally every type of biscuit is called a cookie.  

Cookies are very important in Pennsylvania – on February 7, 2001, the Cookie was declared the official cookie of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Historically ‘hardtack’ biscuits played a very important role in travel – they stayed fresh for long periods, and therefore were a great food with a very long storage life. For years when setting sail, one of the most important items carried on a ship was cookies. 

If you do love cookies, I recommend you find a place that serves handmade cookies – they’ll test much better than anything in a packet.

I love handmade cookies. I recommend you visit http://www.sobochocolate.com to find some handmade cookies made in London

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Recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup  Soya flour
1/4 cup Potato starch flour
1/2 tsp Salt
6 1/2 tbl. Margarine
6 tbl. White sugar
6 tbl. Brown sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 Egg
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup Chopped nuts

Directions:

 This is a special recipe made without gluten. Sift dry ingredients.  Beat sugars and margarine.  Add egg and beat again. Add vanilla and stir.  Add dry ingredients.  Add chips and nuts.  Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 F for 10 to 12 minutes.
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 Source:  A Guide for the Diabetic Celiac

Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie

There’s nothing better than eating a pile of chocolate chip cookies while drinking a tall glass of ice cold milk. Whether you are a kid or an adult, this time- tested recipe should bring a smile to your face and perhaps make you emit a contented sigh. Oh yes, we all know how to eat those little pieces of heaven, but how exactly do you make them?

Here are some tips to help you:

1) Use the freshest ingredients – This will definitely help you make sure that your cookies are of the premium grade. Remember that old computer principle “Garbage in, Garbage Out”? Well, that works with cookies, too. Despite how well you bake an item, if it’s made of crappy ingredients, it won’t turn out well.

2) Experiment – Although you might think that your grandma’s recipe is the best, you should definitely try to create your own variation of the cookie recipe. The most basic thing you can do is to change the amount of chocolate you put in. Remember that this affects not only the taste, but the texture of the cookie as well. Nestlé’s research once showed that people felt that the ideal cookie had to have sic to ten chocolate chips. Only a few people actually wanted more.

Another thing you can do is play around with different types of chocolate. Sure, it would be most convenient for you to use those pre-packaged chocolate chips, but in order to come up with the perfect cookie recipe, you have to live a little and do some hard work. Try chopping up a chocolate bar into chunks. You could also try to use candy-covered chocolate like M&M’s to top your cookies.

You should also experiment with other ingredients. Changing around the quantity of shortening, the butter and the shortening can affect the texture of the cookie. You should know that people have different tastes when it comes to the cookie’s texture. There are those who like it moist and soft while other like it dry and hard, providing great contrast with the milk and chocolate.

3) Storage – Chocolate has an unbelievably long shelf life. Milk chocolate can actually be stored for about six months, while dark chocolate can be stored for as long as a year. If you intend to store chocolate for your baking needs, you need to make sure that you follow the right procedure.

Store them in sealed containers so as to prevent moisture from seeping through and develop the whitish film called “bloom” on the surface. Although this film is harmless, it can be quite unattractive. You also shouldn’t expose your chocolate to hot temperatures. Although freezing is okay if you plan to bake with it, you shouldn’t expose it to temperatures above 78 degrees as this may cause it to melt.

You might think that there’s vary little difference between melted and solid chocolate if used for baking especially since you can just freeze it and it will turn solid again. However, you should realize that melting actually causes the cocoa butter to separate and your chocolate will lose some of its creaminess.

4) To nut or not to nut – Nuts can be quite controversial in baking a cookie. There are people who swear that nuts make all the difference in their baking while there are those who just hate it. Actually, most Americans prefer their cookies without nuts. This is primarily because of the texture.

If you want the nutty flavor without the texture, you should try grinding some nuts into the mixture instead of adding whole or chopped ones.

5) Burn, baby, burn – A burnt cookie is an inedible cookie. Although the best way to avoid burning your cookies is to maintain constant vigilance, there are a few other steps you should try out. First you should make use of a shiny baking pan. This will help prevent burning. You should also know that when you make use of thin pans, the cookies are likely to burn.

Another thing you should do is make use of only the top and middle racks of the oven. This will help you make sure that the chocolate chip cookies burn evenly and that none are exposed to too high temperatures.

About the Author – For more information on chocolate, please visit: http://www.chocolatedotcom.com/  By Nathalie Fiset
Published: 9/15/2007

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