I am not in any way going to say I am good at cooking. I love food and eating could actually be considered a hobby of mine, so I really do wish I could cook well enough to match the enjoyment I find in consuming food. Unfortunately, cooking makes me stressed, and when the food turns out not that great I get angry with myself and angry with the whole process in general, and after each unsuccessful venture, vow I will never attempt it ever again.
That being said, I am able to cook a few things well (if you can really call it cooking). I have mastered the perfect poached eggs on toast and after many, many attempts I can cook salmon perfectly. These are about all I can manage to prepare without angrily slamming down wooden spoons and burnt frying pans in the sink with disdain. Recently, I was hit with a sugar craving, and also hit with a couple hours of free time in between job hunting and banging my head against my laptop in exasperation.
I don’t own a car at the moment as I don’t really feel like I need one enough. So currently, I walk everywhere. It was a nice day, I had a bit of free time, so I took a leisurely stroll to the local supermarket to purchase something to satisfy my sweet craving. Instead of buying something that was ready to consume, I thought I would give myself a bit of a challenge and actually try and bake something from scratch. I found a generic cookie recipe online but tweaked it for my own personal taste.
I love chunky, soft cookies (think Subway cookies… oh so gooey on the inside), but have never been able to bake my own so that they come out soft in the middle — until now. Ever since I first created this batch of cookies, I have recreated the same batch three times, and each time it has been a complete and utter success. The cookies have been a hit with everyone I have offered them to, so here I am, posting the recipe online — something I never thought would happen in my entire life (I am a terrible cook, if I didn’t already mention that).
I added pecans and Lindt Excellence Dark Sea Salt to my recipe, simply because I love pecans and that particular chocolate bar is my favourite of all time. If you were to attempt this recipe yourself, I can’t see why you couldn’t replace these ingredients with your own favourite substitutes.
My favourite part about this recipe is the measurements for all the ingredients – I didn’t use scales, just measured everything in ‘cups’ — this took away the absolute stress I feel when having to specifically weigh ingredients out before cooking.
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup peanut butter (I used crunchy but just use your favourite brand to tailor it to your own taste!)
- 1 cup plain flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup of old fashioned oats
- chocolate broken up (I used Lindt)
- 1 cup of nuts (I used pecans)
Preheat oven at 180°C
Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
Crack egg into the mixture and use wooden spoon to combine.
Add the the peanut butter of your choice and mix in well.
Sieve in the flour, baking soda and the salt.
Stir in the oats, the crushed nuts and the broken chocolate chunks.
Bake in the oven for 10-13 minutes depending on how soft you want them. I take mine out after 10 minutes and leave them on the baking tray outside of the oven for a couple of minutes. The end result is slightly crispy cookies on the outside but perfectly chewy, soft and gooey on the inside!
This will be my go-to recipe forever now, and every time I bake these cookies I feel just that little bit more confident in the kitchen.