Cancelled flight + Cookies that didn’t exactly turn out right.

I’m supposed to be on a flight en route to New York at this moment. Supposedly. Due to the weather over there, my flight was unfortunately cancelled. I was half-expecting it to be honest; probably why I’m somewhat calm about the whole thing. I’ve rebooked for the 29th and hopefully all will go well then since I’ve already lost 2 days in NY. BOOOO! I’m mostly disappointed because I won’t have much time to visit places I wanted to spend more time in, but what can I do..

Anyway, I returned back to the apartment and changed back to my house clothes. A few hours, I had the sudden urge to bake. Baking is a form of therapy for me although not all results turn out well, especially on a bad day.

What were supposed to be nicely round cookies ended up like this.

Yep, I could totally imagine your face. xD

But even I was surprised when I thought of cutting them out instead of throwing them in the bin. Normally, a few months ago, I’m embarrassed to admit that I would frustratingly place the baking sheet immediately into the sink. But today, I looked for something I could cut out the mis-shapen cookies with and cut them into rounds.

excuse the blurry picture :p

They were delicious though! Too thin for my liking but that’s probably because the dough had too much butter which made it spread too much. But on the parts where it was somewhat thicker, it was really good and chewy. After it cooled, the tops were crunchy but the inside still chewy. The extra touch of coffee I added made it really smell good too.

So this got me thinking what my New Years’ Resolution would be; to think positive. I’ve always been too realistic to the point of being negative. So in 2011, hopefully, I’ll be able to fulfill this resolution. ;)

Lastly, I’ve asked this in my previous post but unfortunately my pictures weren’t good enough to get accepted at FB/TS, but anyone have any recommendations of places to visit (aside from Momofoku)? Food and other sites? ;)

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Hazelnuts!

Yeah yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Not another chocolate chip cookie recipe.. Sorry ’bout that but few days ago, I found myself craving for them. So I went to Martha Stewart’s website for her Soft & Chewy CCC which I have made before and absolutely loved!

This time, I added some hazelnuts. Why? Because I felt like it. Because I occasionally like the flavor of hazelnut syrup added into my Starbucks drinks. (Okay, totally random thought ;]) So I thought, why not add hazelnuts to the cookies? And then I thought, why not let them soak in coffee too? Turns out, I don’t think it would have given much of a difference if you left the coffee out so it’s all up to you ;).

Loved it! Definitely will be making this in the future again! Crunchy sides, chewy middle = cookie perfection.

Chocolate chip cookies with hazelnuts

adapted from Martha Stewart’s Soft & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

I halved the recipe and it made 11 (bigger than average) cookies or around 15/16 normal sized cookies

1 cup + 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2/3 cup granulated sugar (original recipe called for granulated and brown sugar but I didn’t have any brown sugar on hand)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 large egg

100g semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips — i used a bar of dark chocolate, chopped into smaller piecies

1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted and as mentioned above, soaked in coffee – totally optional

-Preheat oven to 180C.

-In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking soda.

-In another bowl, cream butter with sugar. Add salt, vanilla and egg until well mixed.

-Slowly add flour mixture.

-Fold in chocolate and hazelnuts.

-Using an ice cream scoop, scoop dough onto lined baking sheets. Make sure they’re 2-inches apart because they’ll spread in the oven.

-Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown around the edges.