Happy Holidays!!

Tagged as: food

Holidays to me mean pretty lights, Christmas carols in stores, light traffic on the roads, smiles everywhere you turn & a 10 day shutdown at work. The bay area weather gods have decided to dump rain this Christmas. That meant cookies to me 😀 I really like Martha Stewart’s recipe for chewy chocolate chip cookies. But a few years back, a friend was on a vegetarian diet for a few days. So I had to nix the eggs & I decided to replace it with bananas. That move turned out to be one those happy accidents. Now Z and my brother prefer cookies with banana. Every single time! No bananas = no cookies :/

Anyways, here we go: (tweaked from the original Martha Stewart recipe found here)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) dark chocolate chips. Martha Stewart’s recipe asks for 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips. This isn’t a hard and fast rule. I’ve always liked dark chocolate. You can even substitute this with chocolate chunks instead of chips. The 2 cups is also completely upto you.
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced

Procedure:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 deg.
  2. Mix melted butter + sugars together. I added the banana slices at this point
  3. Once the sugar is completely mixed in, add the eggs, vanilla extract, salt. Every recipe says you should add eggs one at a time. I didn’t understand this step for a long time, but once I tried it, it worked. Don’t skip this step. Make sure the egg is mixed in well, before you add the next.
  4. Add the AP flour in batches. Let it mix well, before you add the next batch. Also, do not over-mix.
  5. Add the chocolate chips & mix by hand. In the past I’ve added oatmeal, raisins. All of them made for pretty awesome cookies.
  6. Scoop the mixture using an icecream scoop onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. BTW, parchment paper = godsend!
  7. Place it in the middle rack & bake for around 14 minutes. Martha Stewart’s recipe asks for 8-10 minutes, but in the past the ovens that I’ve had neeeded atleast 14-15 minutes for making the perfect cookie.

Enjoy!!