Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kids Cooking Thursday: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Every Thursday is cooking day for the kids in our house. We made the best biscuits today. They are a bit crumbly, and a touch lacking in substance, but there is no eggs in it, so kids (and pregnant women *grinz*) can eat the dough raw. We got the recipe off the back of the chocolate chip packet and it was so incredibly easy, I have to share. I'd link to the webpage at the bottom of the recipe, and point you to the recipe there, but the page is broken. The front page is there, but not a single link or search works. So I'll type it out for you here.

Yummy (egg free) choc chip cookies
Makes 30

225g butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk (I think we ended up with more like 1/3 cup though)
2 cups plain flour
1 tsp baking powder (or of course, you can do what we did, and just use 2 cups S/R flour)
3/4 cup milk choc chips (we used a whole cup)

Preheat the oven to 190°C (Our is fan forced, and our first batch scorched a little, so I turned it down to 180°C for the rest of the biscuits... adjust as needed for your own oven).
Cream butter and sugar in a medium bowl (larger bowl for younger kids... unless you like wearing flour!). Beat in sweetened condensed milk. Cream until the mixture is light and fluffy. Sift flour and baking powder. Stir into butter mixture with choc chips (We did this as two seperate steps, as it was getting heavy for Miss Two to stir).
Roll tablespoonfuls of mixture into balls. Place on a lined oven tray. (Or a slightly greased non-stick tray)
Press biscuits down to flatten. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until the biscuits are golden brown.

These do spread a bit, and apparently the 'squooshing' step is almost as fun as 'mixing with a wooden spoon' (a song off one of the Fairies dvds we've borrowed from the library).

It makes a very crumbly biscuit, no soft and chewy cake like things here. Certainly don't give them to the kids to eat if you are paranoid about crumbs and mess. But just out of the oven, and cooled down only enough to be able to pick them up they are soft, if still crumbly, and very, very more-ish. There's a faint hint of caramel, from the milk, but mostly they taste like butter, not suprising since that's the main ingredient. Could have used more choc chips, though we were pushing the limits the mixture could hold... but there's no such thing as too much chocolate. If I were to make again, I'd probably just tip in the whole bag, since I doubt we have more than 1/4 cup left in the packet. We only managed to get 25, so more chocolate might get us to the 30 point lol.

But, as you can see, the kids liked them...

I can has cookie?
"I can has cookie?" "I gots one!"

DP went and asked Master Three if he could have one, and was refused, until Daddy made it clear he wanted one off the cooling rack in the kitchen, and wasn't intending to steal one off Master Three's plate. Then he was allowed to get himself one.

Very tasty. And, DP has offered to buy pizza for dinner, so I don't have to do anymore cooking today. Feeling very accomplished. :D