A Gift: American Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

As promised in the entry “Happy Teacher’s Day“, I had said that I will share the recipe for these yummy chocolaty cookies that I had made with my kids to pack for the teachers.

You must be wondering, why go to the extent or waste time to bake them when I can always buy them off-shelves or from the Famous Amos (which is my favourite)?

Well this is because, I feel these days when parents are too busy working to earn more for the family, many kids are also coming to have the thinking that appreciation can be substituted with material needs for example like buying gifts with the money that their parents give them.

Not that I am not in favour of it, in fact, I am also guilty of doing this when I do not have the time to spare. However, more than often not, these values of appreciation, sincerity, etc are gradually lost because we parents do not have enough time to spare or we parents are earning more these days to not be bothered any more. Just like this quote which I had once read somewhere, “Money talks, bullshit walks” which is so true in today’s world but yet a pity.

Anyway come these days, these are the times when I start remembering how my mum will go saying, “go make a card yourself for your teacher or your friend’s birthday because I do not have the money to buy for you.” And in fact, these are the times which I really enjoy myself, with the feeling of a great sense of achievement for each master piece completed. Every praise or woo…. and ah……. from fellow teachers and friends only make me feel that all my time, heart and soul is not wasted in it. Perhaps this should be the way to show our appreciation. So I wish for my boys to feel the same waytoo.

Well before I start being all emotional about the past, here is the original recipe and the one I am going to share is the modified version suited to my family’s taste (reduced sugar). So it is really up to you (but my version also taste just as good (at least that is what my family thought).

What is Needed

  • 400g Plain Flour
  •  1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 200g Unsalted Butter (Softened & Cubed)
  • 100g White Sugar
  • 100g Soft Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Pure Maple Syrup (Optional)
  • 2 Medium Eggs
  • 2 Cups Chocolate Chips (approx. 1 bag = 340g of Hershey’s semi-sweet chocolate chips)

Things To Prepare Before Hand

  1. Preheat oven to 180°c
  2. Line baking tray with baking paper

Method (With Step-By-Step Photos)

  1. Sift together flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, cream butter to incorporate air.
  3. Add sugar and whisk till light and fluffy.
  4. Mix in vanilla essence and pure maple syrup.
  5. Beat in eggs one at a time till creamy.
  6. The wet mixture (butter, sugar, vanilla essence, maple syrup & eggs) should be creamy in texture.
  7. Gradually add in the set-aside sifted flour mixture to the wet mixture. Mix till well combined.
  8. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  9. Drop teaspoonful of dough on to baking paper, flatten slightly and leave plenty of room for spreading. Bake for 9 – 11 minutes or till golden brown. (I bake mine for full 11 minutes)
  10. Transfer to cooling rack for cooling.

Now that it is ready, this is how my boys love to eat it.

DUNK IT IN A COLD GLASS OF MILK !!

P.S: Perhaps tomorrow, I shall share how to make those little gift tabs.

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