Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Gabi’s Cooking Column
By Gabi Heigel
Hi, readers! I am new to the Bulldog Jr. and I have created this cooking column just for you! I will write recipes, restaurant reviews, and much more! I know you will enjoy reading this column just as much as I enjoy writing it. Enjoy!!
To start off my cooking column, I will write a basic recipe that is loved by all! Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint: It’s a type of cookie. Do you know it know? I’ll tell you. It’s chocolate chip cookies! Here is the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen cookies.
  • 2-¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 375℉
  2. Stir together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl with a mixer until creamy. Add eggs; beat well. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  3. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Cool completly.

Yum! I love chocolate chip cookies. The fun thing about chocolate chip cookies, is you can make it a lot of different ways! Here are some ways you can change up this recipe:
  1. You can replace the chocolate chips with m&m’s. If you do this, you will create a delicious confetti cookie. It’s a fun cookie that you will definitely enjoy.
  2. You can replace the chocolate chips with chocolate chunks. This will create a wonderful chocolate chunk cookie. This cookie has extra chocolate! I am a huge chocolate fan.
  3. You can add white chocolate chips to make black and white chip cookies. It’s a terrific combination.  
  4. Do you like Reese’s Pieces? I know I do. If you’d like, you can replace the chocolate chips with Reese’s Pieces.
  5. If you really love chocolate, you can add ⅓ cup cocoa powder to the recipe. This will make a double chocolate cookie. Yum!!
  6. Do you like ice cream sandwiches? If you want, you can take two of the cookies and put a scoop of ice cream in between them to form an ice cream sandwich.
Now, here is a fun fact:
Did you know that 80 percent of cocoa beans are grown in Africa? In case you didn’t know, cocoa beans are the first step to making chocolate. Here is a system of how Hershey chocolate is made:
  1. Cocoa beans grow in pods.
  2. People take down the pods from the trees. Then, the pods are cut open.
  3. The beans are left outside to dry under the hot sun.
  4. The beans are put in bags after drying. Then, the bags are shipped to Hershey.
  5. At Hershey, the beans will be roasted.
  6. The beans will then be crushed into liquid. The liquid is a thin paste called, chocolate liquor. The chocolate liquor is then pressed to separate cocoa butter from cocoa solids.
  7. Sugar and milk are mixed together. Then, any extra water will be taken out.
  8. The sugar and milk mix is combined with the cocoa butter. The mixture is then conched and tempered.
  9. The chocolate mixture is poured into the mold. (The mold is usually the shape of a regular chocolate bar)
  10. The chocolate freezes and hardens.
  11. The chocolate is wrapped up.
  12. Trucks ship the chocolate to the stores.
  13. The chocolate is bought, eaten, and enjoyed by many!
That’s all for my cooking column this week!