A Handful Of Chocolate Chip Cookies & A Glass Of Milk

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Do you have those days when you could just use a cookie and a glass of milk? When being six sounds just about as good as winning the lottery? Nothing has to be terribly wrong or terribly right. No. Just good enough to feel like having a cookie.

A warm embrace. A love note. A familiar face. A couple of cookies and a glass of milk. Same difference.

With work and life moving at a million happy miles an hour, all I wanted to do the other day was just to put my pen down and make cookies. And I did just that. The simple act of taking a tray out of the even and getting that first whiff of freshly baked cookies was just the ticket.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I got a bit carried away though because I ended up making 3 dozens! I have a difficult time with happy mediums apparently. I am all or nothing. Even while baking. I was on a baking high and well, procrastinating on everything else for an hour made me feel like a kid skipping homework. Everything would be ok, there were cookies.

I grabbed a few and a glass of milk and I started going through all your comments about your food styling struggles or photography in general. You'll be happy to know that your questions on camera modes, settings, lighting, composition are covered in depth. As far as styling goes, I was thrilled to see that so many of your issues were topics I had chosen to use as examples. But I did see a couple of interesting ones which I must keep under wrap until the whole project is complete.

Chocolate Chips Cookies

There has been a lot brown foods made and eaten here the last few days, as well as soups, steaks, pasta, purees, pizza, etc... Lots more than we can eat in one day just the two of us! So with a box of cookies in one hand and a container of chili in the other, I knocked on the neighbors' doors ever so gently and left them at the door. They just had a baby you see. I bet everyone was happily getting some shut eye for a while.

It won't make everything get better but I figured that if a couple of cookies and a glass of milk made me alright with the world well, maybe the same could happen for them. On a side note, I still have to make the old pup stop howling everytime he hears the baby cries. It's not helping, ehehe!

Cookie Break

One more thing before I end this post. Like everyone else, we are glued to the news regarding the events in Egypt and as someone with friends deeply tied in with the country, I just want to tell all you who are affected by these events that we are keeping you close to our hearts.

Chocolate Chip Cookies, adapted from David Leite of Leite Culinaria.

Notes: I used half coconut oil and half butter for the fat in these cookies. If you do the same, make sure the coconut oil is soft still but not liquid. Coconut butter would work too. You can of course use the same amount in butter which would bring the butter amount to a total of 10 tablespoons.
I used ground flax seeds soaked in a little water to act as a binding agent to mimic the gluten or xanthan gum (I was out of it).
B. finds that flaxseed has a taste so I add just a pinch of cocoa powder to the batter to tone down the flax seed taste.


1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup corn starch (you can sub tapioca starch)
1/2 cup potato starch
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
5 tablespoons coconut oil (centrifuged, extra virgin)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground flaxseed soaked in 1/2 tablespoon water for 10 minutes
a pinch cocoa powder
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cups chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

In a large bowl, whisk together each of the flours and "starches" along with the baking soda and baking powder.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and the sugars on medium speed for a couple of minutes, then mix for 1 minute more. Reduce the speed to slow and ddd the flaxseed and cocoa powder, the egg, beating well and scraping the sides of your mixer bowl if necessary. Add the vanilla extract and beat 30 seconds longer.

Add the flour mixture into the batter, mixing just until the dry ingredients are coming together. Add the chocolate chips and mix briefly to incorporate.
Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1-2 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F, position a rack in the middle of the oven and line baking sheets with parchment paper or a non-stick baking mat.
Scoop your preferred size of dough balls onto your baking sheet, 2 inches apart from each other.

Bake the cookies about 12-15 minutes, depending on the size or until golden brown. Let them cool 10 minutes on the baking sheets before transferring to cooling racks.

53 comments:

snacktive said...

I was totally craving chocolate chip cookies and this post just brought the craving back. Beautiful photos, as always.

Heather Li said...

Few things beat out milk and cookies!

Amanda said...

Chocolate chip cookies and milk reminds me of winter weekends in front of the fire with my mom! She would bake all the time and she always did it so well.

Heather I. said...

Wow your photos are drop dead gorgeous. Oh how I'd love to be 6 years old again. Those cookies look amazing.

muppy said...

Thats so funny as i had some friends over today so i cooked for the young ones some choc chip cookies! (not gluten free though). These look great.

Bea said...

Sometimes I have to share my 'samplers';) mostly 'douceurs' :)
I love this milk bottle on first picture!

Et j'attends le livre toujours aussi impatiemment ;)

Gemma said...

Me encanta tu blog y las fotos. Estas galletas deben estar deliciosas. Un vaso de leche con galletas siempre apetece, no? y más recien horneadas.
Un abrazo!

Fragolina said...

Beautiful pictures, as always. If I want to use wheat flour and oats, I would add the same amount of flours combined (means 2 cups?). You just add 1 egg,or more as written in the recipe!! Thank you.

Three-Cookies said...

Wow, nice mix of flavours. Love it that coconut oil is used. One question. Soaking flaxseed in water is an eggwhite replacement. However the recipe uses an egg as well. What is the purpose of flaxseed?

BAKING COLOURS said...

Helene, lovely pics as always!. I love the cookies recipe. And you just told a truth!... cookies can heal everyone soul. kisses from argentina

Alice at Northeast Locavore said...

These cookies look delicious and I love your creative use of flaxseeds!

deedub said...

If I used Xanthan gum instead of flax, how much would I use? Thanks, these look fabulous.

Helene said...

Deedub: 1/2 tablespoon

Three-Cookies: see the notes before the recipe. There are indeed many usages to flax seeds in baked goods, from thickener, egg replacer and gluten replacer.

Fragolina: you can refer to the original recipe and see what substitution you would do for certain but you can try 1 part wheat to 1 part oat or 1.5 part wheat to 0.5 part oat.

Myka Iyer said...

I wish I were your neighbour :) Lovely pictures I can eat out of..the recipe and everything is just perfect!
Cheers,
Myka Iyer
@mykaiyer

Michelle Stiles said...

Sometimes cookies make life better. These look tasty. I am looking forward to your finished book!

phoenix said...

Milk and cookies sounds heavenly.

phoenix said...

Milk and cookies sounds heavenly.

oneordinaryday said...

Love the cookies. Love the straws. The whole post reminds me of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Love that book too. :)

The Iconic Blog said...

This looks absolutely divine!x

Cookin' Canuck said...

You're right - sometimes a break for milk and cookies is all it takes to put the day on track. I echo your thoughts on Egypt. The images and stories are absolutely heart-wrenching.

Mmmm! for the love of food said...

I couldn't agree more, a perfect reflection of cookies and milk and such a lovely post. You have such a way with words and I love reading through your site! And such a lovely gesture for your neighbours. You never see that anymore. So sweet of you!

Hilary Orchard said...

I can't wait for 'Foodography' to come out, you are a continuing inspiration for me! I am yet to find anyone else whose food photography/styling compares with how beautiful and simple yours is.

Mollie said...

I'm pretty sure EVERY day for me is "one of those days"! I have this theory that cookies can solve all the world's problems, so I'm glad to hear you're spreading them! :)

I've never used coconut oil (or butter) before...I may have to look into that!

Chocolate Freckles said...

Gorgeous pics.. this is a classic!

Helena said...

Chocolate Chip Cookies must be the greatest food ever to be invented!

Nisrine|Dinners and Dreams said...

Wonderful GF chocolate chip recipe. I love flaxseed in cookies. I'd love a couple with a glass of milk right this minute!!

The InTolerant Chef said...

Happy neighbours! The styling is lovely and those funky little straws are extra cute.

Patricia Scarpin said...

Now I want to bake cookies, too, Helen! :D
I'll have to wait until Saturday to do it, but I'll have your beautiful cookies in mind when I'm baking.

Your neighbors are lucky to have you!
xx

cindy* said...

you are so right, sometimes the simplicities of childhood are the best escape. a handful of cookies is definitely one of my faves...and naps w/ my dogs :)

notyet100 said...

cookies look so good

Brilynn said...

Cookies are quite possibly my favourite thing to eat and to make... When I don't know what I feel like making, I always end up turning to cookies. Now I'm craving them, great!

FaB Keramik said...

Yummy!

Marc @ NoRecipes said...

Your photographs always make me happy. I can't think of another food blog that I can say the same for. Chocolate chip cookies also make me happy, so needless to say I'm smiling right now:-D

maria said...

those look so yummy!
would you happen to have any vegan recipes you'd recommend??

thanks!

sat kaur said...

These look great! If I wanted to sub chia seeds for the flax, is it a one for one exchange?

dadá said...

Delicious and fantastic photos!

marla@familyfreshcooking.com said...

Homemade chocolate chip cookies & polka dot straws??!! I'm in and now very happy :) xo

kimchicsisters said...

This looks so good!

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thefoodarchive said...

I love cookies, but not the milk. :) Great pictures!

susan said...

gorgeous! i am going to make these this weekend and see how critics (my kids) respond! p.s. I need those straws...where are they from!

Christina_Cookie Gifts said...

I'm definitely making this for my husband this weekend, MMM MMM good!

Kathryn said...

Your photos are so beautiful- I could just stare at them all day! And I completely know what you mean about those days when you just need a cookie and some milk. I was having one of those days yesterday, actually. Yours look absolutely amazing. The classic American treat!

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I like how you think, not "A cookie and a glass of milk", no a handful of cookies and a glass of milk..

These look like I might eat two or three handfuls...

crystal - The Best of Thymes said...

These look amazing on a cold day like today.

The Salty Pear said...

these are so tempting and wonderful.

sara said...

oh yes, i more often feel like a cookie and milk than I feel motivated to make them. These look great - i would love to make cookies with coconut oil. Will do so asap, thanks for the recipe!

equisetaceae said...

thankyou for the recipe!
I've been 'star'-ing your posts in google reader for ages, planning to come back and make your recipes, but I had to make these right away on Thursday when you posted!
My partner thinks they are the perfect cookie with their flakey, crunchy texture. Thanks so much for sharing!

Maggie said...

Helene,

I would love to know where you find those cute paper straws I see in many of your photos.

Thanks!

angela@spinachtiger said...

You sure have a way with taking the ordinary and turning it to the extraordinary.

Hannah @ Pickled Sweets said...

that cookie might just put me on a cloud way above number 9!

Taylor said...

Love the Straws! Cookies look great!

susan said...

Helene - I just baked a batch of these off and all I can say is "WOW"! Better than the original!!!

El said...

I am having one of those days. the cookies look sensational!

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