Enter the small-batch recipe. Thanks to my dear friend Google, I stumbled upon Cake on the Brain's blog and this recipe for a small batch of chocolate chip cookies.
SMALL BATCH BAKING: CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
[adapted from Small Batch Baking for Chocolate Lovers by Debbie Maugans]
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
- 1 tablespoon beaten egg [reserve the rest for later]
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (I did not line my sheet).
- Combine the flour, soda and salt in a small bowl. Mix well.
- Cream the butter and sugars in a small bowl with a wooden spoon. (I used a bamboo spoon, but I suspect a metal one would work just as well.)
- Add 1 tablespoon beaten egg and the vanilla. Mix well.
- Add the flour mixture and continue beating until thoroughly combined and you don’t see any traces of flour.
- Toss in the chocolate chips and distribute well. Divide the cookie batter into 8 portions. Form balls and space evenly on the cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-13 minutes. (I baked them for 11 minutes on my Pampered Chef baking stone, and let them sit on the pan for a couple minutes to "finish" baking after I took them out. I think that's a baking stone thing. You could leave them in a bit longer if you like a crunchier cookie - I like mine soft and chewy.)
The verdict? This recipe is so quick to mix up, and I love that it doesn't kill my arm. Sounds silly, but since I don't own a mixer I dread the actual mixing part of baking cookies. Anyway, this recipe makes 8 large, chewy, gooey, classic chocolate-chip cookies, the perfect amount for Cai and I to share over a couple days, before they go stale (that is, 6 for me, 2 for Cai, of course). I probably only spent 5 minutes mixing them up, in between rescuing Avyn from Cai (twice), feeding Riah, removing kids from underfoot, getting Cai off the furniture, and various other delays. But if I was uninterrupted I probably would've been eating a hot, melty cookie in about 17 minutes start to finish!
Let me know if you try this recipe for yourself! I've heard it's quite yummy with a little oatmeal and peanut butter too, and I think I'll try tossing in some chopped walnuts next time.