Wednesday, 8 February 2012
As you all know by now, I really love to spoil the Missionaries. They're really great lads and far away from home, doing the Lord's work . . . tramping the streets in all kinds of weather, come what may. The mother in me just can't resist taking care of them in any way that I can. Mitzie loves them too, as you can clearly see!
I was reading my e-mails the other day when this popped up. Kevin and Amanda, Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies. There often isn't anything pertinent to me on that page . . . but sometimes there is a gem hidden amongst the travelogues and product reviews, and that gal takes fab pictures!
Anyways this gave me a great idea of how to really spoil the lads, and I have to confess that two of them are leaving tomorrow for other areas . . . and so I extra specially wanted to give that cheeky chap Elder Hopper an extra superfantastic treat before he leaves, as well as Elder Smith . . . and the other two Elders as well of course.
I have to admit to having a certain soft spot for Elder Hopper though. He's been here six months and it will be hard to see him go. He has become very special to us. I have made him promise to come back one day for a visit. We do have an extra couple of beds going!
I used my own chocolate chip cookie recipe because in my opinion it seriously cannot be improved upon. I've been honing it for over 25 years! When I cooked at the big house I used to bake them at least twice and sometimes three times a week! The Mr and the staff all loved them. I used to have to bake extra batches for him to take when he went away as well. He did love those cookies!
So what I did was take Kevin and Amanda's idea and adapt it to my own cookie recipe.
Am I ever glad these won't be living here for very long.
They are uber dangerous. Those lads spend all day walking . . . they can take it. My hips??? Well, the hips don't lie and mine are telling me now . . . walk away . . . just . . . walk . . . away.
And don't look back! To do so would be to risk being turned into a pillar of salt . . . or lard. Take your pick!
*Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups*
Makes about 24 huge cookies
Double the pleasure. Double chocolate chip cookies, filled with a milk chocolate centre. Decadently scrummilicious!
220g of butter, at room temperature
201g of soft light brown sugar (1 cup packed)
191g of granulated sugar (1 cup)
2 large free range eggs
1 TBS pure vanilla
500g of plain flour (3 1/2 cups)
1 tsp fine seasalt
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
10 ounces of pure chocolate chips, semi sweet (1 1/2 cups)
4 ounces milk chocolate chips (1/2 cup), melted
Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/ gas mark 4. Lightly grease two medium size nonstick muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
Cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla, salt and soda. Stir in the flour until well mixed. Stir in the semi sweet chocolate chips.
Using about 1 dessertspoon measure for each roll the dough into balls. Flatten half of them and place into the prepared muffin tins. Top each with about 1 tsp of the melted milk chocolate chips, taking care to keep it in the middle. Take another ball of dough, flatten it and place it over the melted chocolate and press around the edges lightly to seal the chocolate in. Repeat until all the dough has been used.
Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the muffin tins halfway through the baking time. They should be lightly browned on the edges and set. Immediately upon removal from the oven run a sharp knife around the edges to loosen. Allow to cool completely in the muffin tins before popping out. Store in an airtight container.
Note: To serve as a dessert cup, lightly reheat the number of cookies you want in the microwave for a few seconds. Place each on a plate. Top with a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and drizzle with some chocolate syrup. If you have homemade so much the better!!
I have a fantastic chocolate sauce recipe here. It's the best!
Over in The Cottage today, Carrot Cake Drop Scones.