Do You Know How To Bake?

Cookies on plate

Angelica Zillmer

Cookies on plate

Angelica Z., Writer

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I think baking is a pretty big topic. There are a bunch of different categories like bread, doughnuts, bagels, pies, pastries, cake, etc. I am going to make chocolate chip cookies because they are a classic and loved recipe.

Ingredients
1 ¾ cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon of baking soda
14 tablespoons (1 ¾ sticks) of unsalted butter
½ cup of granulated sugar
¾ cup of packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 egg and an additional egg yolk
1 ¼ cup of chocolate chips or chunks (both work great)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk the flour and baking soda together in a medium size bowl and set it aside.
  2. Melt 10 tablespoons of butter in a 10-inch pan over medium-high heat for about 2 minutes. Start swirling the pan constantly still on the heat until the butter is dark golden brown, about 1-3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and using a heatproof spatula, transfer the browned butter into a large heatproof bowl. Stir the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter into the hot butter until completely melted.
  3. Add the sugars, salt, and vanilla to the bowl with the butter, and whisk until fully incorporated. Add the egg and the egg yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar clumps left, about 30 seconds. Let the mixture stand for 3 minutes and then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat the process of resting and whisking 2 more times until the mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in the chocolate chips, giving the dough a final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.
  4. Divide the dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons, and roll the dough into balls. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart, 8 dough balls per sheet.
  5. Bake the cookies 1 tray at a time until the cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and the edges have begun to set but the centers are still soft, 10-14 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through the baking time. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let the cookies cool before serving.

I really liked this recipe because the cookies taste really nice but they do take a bit of time to make. Some other websites that I like to go on to look for dessert recipes are

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ and https://www.mybakingaddiction.com