Yesterday the first of the autumnal storms roared across the farm. These storms are very slim bands of weather. Hitting one farm and not the other. Wreaking havoc here and calm over there.
Hugo laughed crazily and ran out into the storm. Josh had been recording the sounds of the storm in the corn (he is a musician, a composer – needing a quiet spot to work on a Fellowship proposal and loves all things sound) so they banded together and screamed into the teeth of the gale – scaring it away.
Yesterday I lost a bet. Hugo ( who looks after the chickens – the layers) and I have been betting for days as to how many eggs the chickens will lay and so far I have always been right. But yesterday evening I lost the bet – there were not 15 eggs there were 22!. I lost with a startlingly wide margin of error. Hugo, of course, looked smug and said “Well, You see I talk with them – they are my little friends.” (you have to say that in a French accent).
So today (because I lost the bet) I have to make Chocolate Chip Cookies ” Lots of, lots of, lots of . ” – apparently.
But I have never made chocolate cookies. I am not a chocolate chip cookie lover, you see. So. Do you have a recipe for me? -that only uses maybe five or six ingredients. Not fancy. Just tasty. I have a block of good bitter chocolate in the fridge. Now what?
I hope you have a lovely day,
Love you friend on the farm,
Do you have peanut butter? Here’s one that’s very quick and easy, and the cookies always get wolfed down in the blink of an eye:
1 cup crunchy peanut butter
1 cup soft dark brown sugar
1 cup raisins
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
1 tsp cinnamon
Stir everything together till fully blended. Dollop large teaspoonfuls onto a couple of baking paper-lined cookie sheets leaving an inch or so between them. Bake on the top shelf of the oven at 325F/175C for 15 minutes – start to watch them after 12 mins, as they get dark very quickly. Very, very yummy.
No flour? The rest sounds really good!
No flour! The ground peanuts do the job of the flour. I was dubious at first, but now I’m a total convert.
I am going to buy some peanuts and try this one next time – sounds wonderful
You need to have some smooth and some crunchy and the slight saltiness you get with peanut butter for the full taste experience…
I bet a teaspoon of espresso powder in there would be good too!
I wouldn’t be at all surprised!
Perhaps you should start talking with a French accent to your chickens. Zay wheel lohv eet!
oh! and a recipe! Fannie Farmer ( “Fannie” means something different to you, I believe )
1/4 butt, 1/2 dark-brown sug, 1/2 sug, 1 egg, vanilla, 1 1/8 c flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/2 nuts chopped, 6oz choc chips. …. Though in France you can’t by choc chips! So I pound up a dessert chocolate
cream the sug and butt. marry the wet. toss the rest in. If you are busy, make one big cookie in a shallow pan and cut it after. You’ll never burn the last batch that way.
You can buy choc chips in France! Biocoop (the organic food chain) has them that you can buy by weight into a brown paper bag. NO PLASTIC! You can also buy suotanas, ground almonds and other ingredients there in useful quantities. Most supermarkets sell choc chips in tiny plastic bagfuls by the cake ingredients, but they are v expensive and not enough to make anything worth eating! I buy lots of grains and seeds in Biocoop to make my own meusli.
I’m on it!
Hope you get loads of recipes to try C.
🙂 Mandy xoxo
Fantastic black-and-white photos, both of the Prairies autumn weather and those crazy guys – that one will be remembered ! Think you will have a mini cookie cookery book at the end of the day and we’ll be able to share . . . no contributions from here sadly being a ‘savoury’ gal . . . . but perhaps I should try Kate’s when people come to call: actually sounds yummy!
A little add-on: You well know I oft ‘pinch’ your photos for my computer background . . .well, like them B&W so put the second one up about half an hour ago and I happen to have a rather large screen . . . . the boys may howl and laugh but it looks scary !!! Our clouds definitely are not THAT thick !!!
Eha, they are very good, and one of their chief virtues is how quick they are to make. Plus, of course, very few ingredients… If the Dowager drops by for coffee unexpectedly, I can have them ready to serve within 20 minutes!.
Thanks Kate! Shall definitely try – already because I always have all the ingredients in the pantry and for biscuits they are remarkably ‘healthy’ 🙂 ! What we learn sipping tea at the farmy !!!
Try this one, adding 1 1/2 cups of chocolate bits, putting in the cinnamon as optional. http://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipe/vanishing-oatmeal-raisin-cookies.aspx Tres magnifique! Mix it in the kitchen aid as it will be very stiff.
Pinterest! I look there for EVERYTHNG!
Oh – were it only to rain big chunks of chocolate chips. Hail to the chocolate!
I love chocolate chip cookies. I think Hugo has the right idea to request dozens of them! I especially love peanut butter chocolate chip cookies like these:http://www.itsjustlife.me/slightly-sweet-saturday/ Have fun baking!
Love the black and white photos! My favorite CCC recipe: the back of the Toll House chip bag 😉
Oh what a fun read today. Screaming the storm away. Had not thought of that. Maybe it’s the lyrical sound of Hugo’s voice that the chickens like. Bet they like music too. I have no recipes other than the old standard toll house so I’m of little help to you.
If I were at home, I would give you the recipe out of the Woman’s Home Companion cookbook. I have one of the 1st editions that my mother in law gave me when we married. It is their family go to cookbook, and I can understand why….. It’s very simple ingredients with no ‘pre-made’ items. You will never find the quote “add a can of cream of ____” soup….. I like that kind of cook book. There is a whole lot of cream, milk and butter in this cookbook. We make the peanut butter cookies and add chocolate chunks to them.
Thanks, Josh does have a face – yay 🙂 Kates’ recipe looks good, but whoever’s recipe you settle on ….. please don’t add nuts 😦 that blanket of cloud sure does look wet and heavy. Laura
Very strong monochrome pictures of the storm…and neat shot of the guys…..I’ve stopped making biscuits and thrown all recipes away….we just ate too many otherwise…I don’t think you’ll be short on offers … 🙂
Those are some fierce storm shots. You’ve never made chocolate chip cookies? Oh, my…
Yay something useful I can contribute. This recipe makes a lot of cookies. It is a Mrs Fields Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe variation since I couldn’t easily google an exact copy. You need a very big mixing bowl and is best mixed using your hands. The kids have used it for fair competitions and have won ribbons, the placing seems to depend on who bakes them.
1 lb soft butter, 2 c. packed dark brown sugar (light works too), 1.5 c white sugar, 2 tbsp vanilla, 3 large eggs, 6 cups flour, 1.5 tsp salt, 1.5 tsp baking soda, 4 c chocolate chips, 2 c chopped nuts . Mix all together except chips and nuts. Mix well with hands. Add chips and nuts. Drop by spoonfuls onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Nuts are optional I usually take part of the batter and mix some pecans in for me and my husband, the kids prefer no nuts. I use less chocolate chips too as I like more cookie and less chips. I have baked them in a pan as a bar cookie. Also I have shaped the dough into a log and both refrigerated and frozen it. The cookies are not as pretty but they still taste good.
I just use the good old Nestle recipe – on the bag of chocolate chips – with an additional 1/2 cup of flour. I’m really wanting to try a variation with potato chips mixed in. Plus, I have found that almost all cookies benefit from a very light dusting of coarse sea salt on top before baking.
Those chicken can be fickle friends 😉
Hugo weeel luv these cooookies!
you could chop up your chocolate bar- this is my recipe:
Here’s my version of Chocolate Chip Cookies
•2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•1 teaspoon baking soda
•1 teaspoon salt
•1/2 cup melted butter
•3/4 cup granulated sugar
•3/4 cup packed brown sugar
•4 teaspoons vanilla extract
•2 large eggs
•1 Bitter-sweet Chocolate chips-I use Ghirardelli http://www.ghirardelli.com/
•1 cup Walnuts chopped so fine as most is a powder. I use a my hand held immersion blender attachment to quickly chop up the walnuts
Directions: pre heat oven to 375F/190.56C
Combine flour,baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat melted butter, sugars and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy. ( I just use a fork ). Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition ( I’m still using a fork ). Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and chopped walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. ( I use parchment paper ).
Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes and transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Yields approximately 5 dozen cookies.
These cookies can be enjoyed with a nice glass of milk or even a glass of red wine.
The pictures are totally awesome! The guys are so free spirited. I love love love weather like that! So fun to be outdoors-a little dangerous perhaps but it makes me happy.
I bet the chickens do love Hugo, my chickens always loved to be talked to. I had a chicken that would talk like crazy when she would get a bug and spit it out to show me-so cute.
Enjoy the cookies, like the idea of a little sea salt sprinkle.
What a riot! Love that picture of the boys. Too funny. I like to throw oatmeal in my chocolate chip cookies so my family gets their oats ; )
Great shots of the sky especially in black and white. And fun to see the guys. No recipe from me. I’ve never made ccc either.
Wonderful windy pics. Screaming at the wind sounds like fun.
I haven’t added my two-pennorth of cookie recipies – having read this lot, you don’t need mine as well! You don’t have to have choc chips – you can do them with cocoa, if they are for VERY HUNGRYY BOYS. Good eating.
Sorry, can’t find my trusty old choc. chip cookie recipe … and it was the best too. (a lot of good that does you, hmm? lol)
I think, C, that you bring out the best in people, although I do believe that most females will swoon over a loving French accent so you didn’t have a chance of winning to begin with.
I love your photos today also… the black and white of the storm are so dramatic. The last one is my fav, along with the one of the ‘boys’ of course. That one is just plain fun. Good luck with the cookies today! ~ Mame 🙂
2 1/4 cups flour, 1 tsp salt, 1/2C butter, vanilla to taste, 1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 2 eggs. Blend soft butter and eggs, combine dry ingredients. Mix all ingredients. Drop onto cookie sheet and bake for 9 minutes at 375 degrees. Or add an extra egg and throw the whole lot in a deep dish pizza pan and bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes.
sounds great – no sugar. and how much chocolate?
Oh my, Celi! Your question made me laugh to tears right now. I was wondering about the choc too – but sugar? Did not notice at all…
crazy… my oh my, how did I laugh.
For the choclate: while reading I imagined melting your block in a bain marie, dunk cookies in and let dry. Mmmmmh. But that’s a lot of work. Or drizzle the melted chocolate all over your cookies. If you like…
Have a nice evening all four!
Oh, shoot. Forgot the sugar. Cup and a half. 6-12 oz of chocolate, depending on HOW chocolate you want them.
The corn helps one to “see” the wind. Those are some crazy clouds. Not to mention the fellas! Enjoy your cookie adventure!
Gayle approves of all. NOT copying down CCC recipes. Dangerous to even THINK about them for this ol’ diabetic…
These really are “the best” chocolate chip cookies. Chewy and soft and oh so good … everyone loves them! Here is the link from my blog: https://pastaprincessandmore.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/chocolate-chip-cookies/ Enjoy!
I can just hear him saying that 😃
Gergeous shots, wow. Black and white. Stormy. And crazy (funny) boyz, hey…
Good luck with your cookies. I’m sure you’ve got a suitable recipe already, hope they come out fine…
Gorgeous shots, wow. Black and white. Stormy. And crazy (funny) boyz, hey…
Good luck with your cookies. I’m sure you’ve got a suitable recipe already, hope they come out fine…
I love the black and white photos. Stunning.
As for chocolate chip cookies, you are a Kiwi girl – it would be hard to go past Edmonds Sante Biscuits – They are a staple for lunchboxes all over NZ.
125g (1/2 cup) butter, softened
125g (¼ cup caster (superfine) sugar – I use regular and it works just as well
3 tbsp sweetened, condensed milk
few drops of vanilla extract
1½ cups plain AP flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup chocolate chips
Cream the butter and sugar and condensed milk, mix in the dry ingredients – form balls, press them onto a baking sheet, Bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes.
I love that photo of Hugo and Josh. That storm looks nasty, hope there wasn’t too much damage. 22 eggs are a lot of eggs…what do you do with them all? I have an Indonesian cake recipe that takes a lot of eggs (I chose one that only took 6 but others I’ve seen on line take 12-20!).
This https://kitcheninspirations.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/bargain-basement-barbs-ultimate-chocolate-chunk-cookies/ is a very good recipe, makes a chunky chocolate cookie that has a bit of chewiness to it and a lot of chunks of chocolate. As I recall, it makes a few dozen.
Am loving the photos, the screaming into the storm and the cookie recipes! Sorry I can’t contribute….never make them but I think that’s about to change!
You may need to consider making a recording of Hugo’s chicken whispering so the egg production doesn’t fall off when he sadly takes his leave…
Lots of choc chip biccie recipes, Hugo is sure to be a happy winner 🙂
Here is the only recipe you’ll ever need unless it’s too late:
1 cup salted butter (high fat is best)
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup lt brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups King Arthur flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
3 cups choc chips
Blend butter and sugars until thick and creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until the batter is very thick and visibly lighter in color. This is vital! In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add to butter mixture along with the chocolate. Mix only til combined and then bake at 350 F for about 12 minutes. Do not cool on a cookie rack. Lay a paper towel on the counter and move the cookies to the counter after they’re cool enough to move from the sheet without breaking. Enjoy!!
I think you and the boys will like these chocolate chip bars. They taste just as good as chocolate chip cookies (I think) and they are easier to make.
I love your storm and rain picture! And I have a great chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s called Toffee Bar Cookies. 1cup butter, soft; 1 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour; 1 to 1 and 1/2 cups (depending on your chocolate fix needed) semisweet chocolate chips; 1 cup chopped walnuts. Cream butter and sugar; add flour and nuts and chocolate chips and stir until mealy–do not make the mixture creamy. Press into a 10 x 15 cookie pan and bake at 350 until brown (about 20 minutes, give or take three). Cut while warm and soft, then wait for them to cool. This is a crunchy sweet cookie. The recipe can be halved and baked in a smaller pan.
Hugo and Josh are two wild and craaaaaazy guys in that photo! I love the storm shots. I’m not a chocolate fan – I like the cookie part but not the chocolate. I don’t know the chemistry behind it but with ANY cookie baking, I get the most wonderful texture if I use 1/2 regular flour and 1/2 bread flour. Also adding just a teaspoon of cornstarch.
interesting – i will try that!
Love the heavy skies and those two rascals sound like great fun. Kate’s cookies sound like they might me right up my street…. adds crunchy peanut butter to my shopping list!