Saturday, July 11, 2020

Spiced Up Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Cranberries

Daily telework needed some spiced up taste to awaken my senses after long hours of staring at the computer screen.  I finally concocted a batch of cookies that resulted in the chewiness that I have been looking for in my cookies.  The last three or four testings during the COVID-19 stay home baking did not turn out quite good.  The recipe was from here and there all claiming to be Chewy.  But almost all of them turned out to be cakey.  You can't blame it on other people's recipe.  After all, it's not my first time trying to bake cookies.  
So the ingredients are simple. 
1 stick room temp unsalted butter
1 C Brown Sugar
1/4 C organic Cane Sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg, well beaten in a small bowl.  Set Aside.
1 tsp home make vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Chili Pepper Flakes
1-3/4 C flour + 1/2 tsp Baking Powder = shifted
1/2 C chopped cranberries or anything you like
3/4 C semi-sweet European chocolate pistoles chopped
1/4 C Milk European chocolate pistoles chopped
Baked in 350'F gas oven for 12 min or there is a sign of browning around the edge.

Cream butter in a bowl.
Add brown sugar, cane sugar, salt, vanilla extract, cayenne pepper, chili flakes and mix well.
Chop cranberries and chocolate.  Add to the butter mixture and mix well.
Add shifted flour. and mix well.
Preheat oven to 350'F.
Scoop the dough with 1" cookie scoop, if you have one. Space 2 inches apart.
Bake till edges are slightly browned - about 13 to 14 min.
Very nice chewy result that I really like.  The cayenne and chili flakes snap you out of your telework mode. 
With the 2nd batch, I added 1 extra egg.  But it did not give the shiny brownie top effect and make the cookie a bit more spongy.
Should have stayed with 1 egg.  The left with 2 eggs; the right with 1 egg.