Thursday, November 26, 2009
Aunty Chris' Choc Chip Cookies
You heard it here first - this is the best choc chip cookie you will ever taste. Forget Ms M Stewart, forget Ms N Lawson, forget Ms D Hay who have claimed to have the best recipe, they don't! Trust me.
The best choc chip cookie comes from Germany in the form of my "aunty" Chris. These are my cookies of childhood. I loved going to her place and seeing the cookie jar full. I have tried many others and none stack up. Particularly not the lot you see on counters in coffee shops - do not touch them. The only thing you could possibly use these for are to play Frisbee in the park on a sunny afternoon - they are not edible.
Anyway, my long time football friends will remember these with nostalgia. I was not allowed to front up to the football (go pies!) on a Saturday without these. They were famous throughout our friendship group in the 90's. One of my friends even started selling them at the local markets. Another friend (Hi Michelle) still talks about them to this day, some 15 years after she first tasted them - and yes, I started baking them when I was 10!
I must admit, I haven't made them for a looooong time - my brother, Andrew and the Workaholic would remember the last time fondly (you know what I am talking about you two troublemakers!). They have been pushed back in the recipe shelf while other things took over, ie, kids, cup cakes, life etc. But my fellow blogger, Judy, reminded me of them when she did hers in the cute little cup cake holders - so arty! It got me thinking about the many hours in my twenties spent making them and, more importantly, eating the cookie dough. It is seriously addictive.
I have researched many choc chip cookie recipes over the last few weeks, as well as baked them, including Martha Stewart's. They are all fairly similar in ingredient make up but I believe they are missing one key ingredient that really sets my Aunty Chris' apart from them - rolled oats! This magic ingredient just gives it more texture, more body, more reasons to eat the cookie dough before you even bake them!
I am going to do something I don't normally do and post the recipe because these are seriously addictive. The Workaholic's colleagues agree and said they were the best cookies they have ever tasted.
Here is to Aunty Chris and her wonderful cookies. I implore you to try them, you will not be disappointed. Enjoy.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cooking oats (used to make porridge)
1 cup dark choc chip bits
1 cup flour
Cream butter and sugars until light in colour. Add egg, water and vanilla. Sift flour, soda and salt. Blend into cream mixture. Stir in oats and choc chips by hand. Spoon onto greased or lined trays leaving some room for them to spread and bake in moderate oven (about 190) for 10 minutes or until LIGHT brown. Let sit on tray for minute and then lift off onto cooling racks. Makes about 18.