Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Desserts, Recipes, snacks

Okay, so I know the name says “classic” but that’s what makes these cookies so magical. This recipe doesn’t call for anything fancy like cranberries and nuts…(although that’s delicious)! Sometimes simple is best šŸ˜‰

What’s America’s favorite cookie? It’s this all time classic perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie, and it’s a favorite for a reason.

These cookies are soft and chewy in the middle and crispy on the edge. Just what a cookie should be! I used mini chocolate chips here since I love those little bits of chocolate throughout the cookie and in every bite.

The sea salt is a must! Trust me…just a little bit on top before baking. This is what makes these next level.

Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Servings: 18
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 18 Cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3/4 cup of softened unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 package of semisweet chocolate chips (I used the mini)
  • coarse sea salt for topping

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick spray.
  • In a mixer (or with your hand mixer and a large bowl) cream the butter, white, and brown sugar together until light in color. It should be nice and soft/fluffy.
  • Slowly add in the vanilla, and egg and beat together.
  • Start incorporating the flour 1 cup at a time (it gets messy if you add it all at once), and add in the baking soda, and salt.
  • Once that’s mixed together, add your chocolate chips and with a spatula fold them into the dough. You don’t need to use a hand or stand mixer for this part or you’ll over mix the dough.
  • Use a cookie scoop (or two teaspoons) to scoop out your cookies into your lined baking sheets. Make sure to spread them out about 2 inches apart so they don’t stick together when they bake. The batter should make about 18 medium sized cookies. You can make them bigger or smaller (that will also change the quantity).
  • Bake for 12 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the cookies have cracked a little bit in the center.
  • Let them cool slightly or eat them straight out of the oven šŸ˜‰

*Notes*

*These cookies store well in the freezer for months! Simply scoop them raw into a lined baking sheet (they don’t need to be spread apart) and put them in the freezer to harden a little bit (about 20-30 minutes) then transfer into Ziplock bag. Defrost in the fridge at least a couple hours before you plan on baking them šŸ™‚

Hope you enjoy!

-Hilda ā¤

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Desserts, Recipes

Winter is upon us, and I’m spending extra time in the kitchen these days! I love baking a good cookie around the holidays. These cookies are so easy to make and best of all delicious. The texture is chewy and soft, and then you have a nice peppermint flavor to go with the decadent chocolaty-ness. Pair these with a tall glass of milk or your favorite hot cocoa!

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

  • Servings: 12-14
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 12-14 CookiesĀ 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2Ā cupĀ unsalted butterĀ (softened // 1 stick equals 1/2 cup)
  • 3/4Ā cupĀ sugar
  • 1Ā large egg yolk
  • 1/4Ā tspĀ natural peppermint extract
  • 1 1/4Ā cupĀ unbleached all-purpose flourĀ 
  • 1/3Ā cupĀ cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant coffee* (optional)
  • 1/4Ā tspĀ salt
  • 1/2Ā tspĀ baking soda
  • 1/4Ā tspĀ baking powder
  • 1Ā candyĀ caneĀ (finely crushed)
  • 1/3Ā cup semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (176 C).
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together for about 1-2 minutes. Add egg yolk, peppermint extract and beat until light and fluffy, scraping down the sides as you go to ensure even mixing.
  • Add flour, salt, cocoa powder, instant coffee, baking soda and powder to a sifter and sift gradually over the wet ingredients mixing as you go. Mix until well combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and stir in with a mixing spoon.
  • Form the dough into small balls (heaping 1 Tbsp) and place 1.5 inches apart on an ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheet. Press the tops down and then top with a few more chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes – the edges should start to dry but the tops will still be slightly soft looking. Let set on the cookie sheet for a few minutes more but sprinkle crushed candy cane on immediately.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to rest until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh for up to a few days or freeze for several weeks!

-Enjoy

Hilda

Chocolate Tuxedo Cake

Desserts, Recipes

This is hands down the best chocolate cake I have ever made. It’s super moist, and decadent. I love this recipe because it’s simple to make! Isn’t that everyone’s favorite recipe? Ha! Another thing that I wanted to mention is that I used an old fashioned buttercream frosting here because I didn’t have powdered sugar. I promise this is absolutely DIVINE! If you want to use a classic buttercream frosting with powdered sugar – then by all means, but this came out perfect. I hope you enjoy this wonderful cake with your loved ones šŸ™‚

Chocolate Tuxedo Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Recipe: Yields 12 Servings

Ingredients:

For The Cake:

  • 1 3/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Espresso Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Half and Half (or milk)
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water

For the Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1/2 Cup Half and Half (or milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) Butter Softened
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese Softened
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Directions

For the Cake:

  • Heat the oven to 350Ā°F then grease and flour two 9″ round baking pans.
  • Stir together the flour, sugar, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  • Bake it at 350Ā°F for 30-35 minutes or until a wooden pick in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool the cakes for about 10 minutes then place them on wire racks to cool completely. (Very important to cool COMPLETELY before frosting :))

For the Frosting:

  • Whisk milk, flour, and salt together in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Keep stirring until the mixture gets very thick and bubbly.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer beat sugar and butter, and cream cheese together until smooth and creamy. Beat in the cooled flour mixture until it is light and fluffy (this takes about 2 minutes or until its lighter in color). Beat in the vanilla.
  • Put the frosting in a piping bag or a bowl and let it cool in the fridge until you’re ready to frost the cakes!

Tip* If you want the frosting to be thicker, you can add more sugar. If you want to speed up the cooling process of the cakes, you can put them in the freezer to cool faster!

Enjoy!

-Hilda šŸ™‚