It’s December! And two days in, I already started feeling the emptiness of having nothing to do (cons of being a plan-ahead, busy-bee loving girl). After my recent crochet project, I’m taking a step back from crochet for a while (although I have already started browsing through crochet patterns haha!) and I want to do other things now to fill in my free time. And somewhere along the line of thoughts on what to do next came the idea of… baking! (/hearteyes).
I have always admired people who can bake – one, because I love cakes, cookies and all the sweet stuff and two, because baking, to me, is like an art – and anyone who knows me will know I love anything artsy! I’ve also started watching more baking shows this year – squealing over all the baking challenges in Masterchef especially now that Christina Tosi is one of the judges, ooh-ing and aah-ing whilst catching glimpses of the American and Australian Bake Offs and watching Zoe’s baking videos – and in all those challenges, shows and videos, my admiration for bakers and baking grew and I knew that I wanted to give baking a go!
I’ve tried baking twice before – if putting ready-made cake and cookie mixtures into the oven count as baking, that is – but this is my first time making cookies from scrap. I used Tanya Burr’s Triple Chocolate Cookie recipe from her book Love, Tanya. She shared the recipe in her blog post here too so you can give it a try if you’d like. (or you can try another blogger, Vivianna’s blog post here).
I pulled out my Love, Tanya book and my phone to refer to the aforementioned recipe and blog post and with my Mom’s help, had a decent cookie mixture sitting in the bowl waiting for bits of chocolate bar (Cadburry!) to go in.
Tanya says she adds in Cadburry’s milk chocolate and white chocolate but I recommend going for the milk chocolates with French Vanilla fillings because yummy yummy! (/hearteyes)
Post-putting in the chocolate bar bits! (And can I just add : how does one go about using a silicone spatula without feeling like they might break it? Because I felt like it would break every time I tried to stir the mixture and yet my Mom found it so easy to use, haha!)
After the cookie mixture was done, we had to scoop them and place them on the baking tray. Tanya made quite large cookies using this recipe, but I went with smaller sized cookies so that everyone could have a taste. I also made sure every cookie had bits of those yummy chocolate bar bits as you can see.
Forty minutes (and many ‘test-tasting’ plus chocolate bar munching) later, the cookies were done! We placed the cookies in a container (which you can’t really see in this photo, but I promise you the cookies are not floating!) and served them for everyone to eat later.
I wish my cookies turned out as yummy and thick-looking as Tanya’s did, but these batch of cookies came out alright (for a first-timer, HEHEH). They probably could have used more than just 10 minutes baking time, though! Still, the experience of making these cookies was a treat in itself and I definitely would love to try it again some other time (soon)!
Have you baked cookies (or any sweet treats) before? How did your FIRST baking experience go?
Much love, Iween. xo. ♡