Friday, 24 April 2015

Food Friday | April 24, 2015

Cocoa and Cookies

Oh my goodness, just looking at this photo makes me hungry! Cocoa and my oatmeal cookies is my all time favourite snack. I have to consciously ration myself with these cookies or else I will end up eating an entire batch in one day.


*Makes 2 cups of cocoa*
2 cups milk (I use 2%)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder (I use Hershey's 100% cocoa) 
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Measure the milk into a small saucepan and place over medium-high heat. Heat to your preference (I usually wait until it begins to bubble, right before it would boil).
2. Remove from burner. Use a fork to scrape the film from the top.
3. Add in the cocoa powder and mix as well as you can.
4. Add the sugar and vanilla. Mix well.
5. Get a strainer and your mug. Strain the cocoa into your mug so you don't have cocoa powder lumps in your drink.
6. Enjoy! You can top this with whipped cream or anything else of your choosing but it is delicious just as it is!

Oatmeal Cookies

*Makes 30-36 cookies typically*
1 cup butter (softened or melted)*
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
11/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup boiling water
2 cups quick oats
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dark chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, both sugars, and vanilla.
3. Add flour, mix well.
4. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Mix in to large bowl with other ingredients.
5. Stir in oats.
6. Add cinnamon and dark chocolate chips and mix in (these are optional add ins but I highly recommend them both!)
7. Place 1 teaspoon balls of the dough onto an un-greased cookie sheet.
8. Bake for 10 minutes (should be golden brown on bottom and around edges).
9. Remove from oven and let cool on pan for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
10. Enjoy!

*If you soften the butter the cookie dough will be more firm and the cookies will not fall as much in the oven. If you melt the butter the dough will be more sticky and runny and the cookies will turn out as pictured. Both ways are fine, they both taste amazing, and both ways make chewy cookies. It's up to you if you want bigger, flatter cookies or smaller, more round cookies.