Thursday, December 9, 2010

Eggless Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies - Chewy, Chocolicious....Yummmax!!!

I must tell you about  these chocolaty, chocolate packed, super delicious cookies I baked !! Fudgy, chewy centers, crisp edges, chocolate in very bite, I just fell in love with these little things. The best part is, these are also very easy to make.  Trust me, if you are a new baker and looking for that simple yet awesome cookie recipe which will win you compliments, look no further. Here is one for you.

Wanted to bake some cookies to send to a cousin of mine who was leaving home to begin her career in another town. And what better than a piece of chocolate indulgence to make sure her otherwise boring journey is a made a tad more interesting and yumm. My cousins absolutely loved them and my Aunt who normally dislikes chocolate also ate them!!

This recipe is from Baking Bites and as Nicole says, you may be a little more partial to these cookies when it comes to your favorite cookies. And Nicole, as you said, I just could not stop at eating one, when these little things came out of the oven. Actually, I popped quite a few of these into my mouth, I won't tell you how many, I don't remember how many;-), I am still trying to resist eating the few I have hidden away. Yep, I found them really irresistible, being a huge chocoholic myself.

I know you want to bake these now, so without much more talk lets head straight for the recipe.

Original recipe here
 2 cups All Purpose Flour ( Plain flour, Maida)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt ( I skip this usually, don't like the saltiness)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder (I use Nilgiris)
2 cups sugar (I used powdered)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2/3 cup buttermilk (substitute below)
 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips  (original recipe has 2 cups, you could use 2 cups if bitter-sweet chips)

Procedure: Preheat the oven to 180 Degrees C / 350F. Generously grease baking sheet and or your largest large rectangular cake tin, line with parchment. Sift together flour and baking soda(and salt if using). Melt the butter in a small, microwave safe bowl. Pour the warm melted butter in a large bowl. Add the cocoa powder and whisk until very smooth. Whisk in sugar, vanilla extract and buttermilk. Gradually stir in the flour mixture until no streaks of flour remain. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop dough in 1-inch balls into prepared baking sheet, leaving about two inches between cookies to allow for spread. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until cookies are set around the edges. Cool for 2-3 minutes on a baking sheet, then transfer to a wire rack with a spatula to cool completely.

Makes about 3 dozen plus the dozen eaten off the cooling rack:-))

To make buttermilk : Add 2 teaspoons of white vinegar to a cup of room temperature milk. Let it stand for about 10 minutes, it will curdle. Use 2/3 cup from this curdled mixture for this recipe. I used plain synthetic vinegar and it worked fine for me.

My Notes: The time for baking varies with the thickness of the cookies. I made in multiple small batches and the ones baked for about just 10-11 minutes tasted best, crisp edged and chewy centers. Yes, you gotta really time these, even a couple of minutes extra will make a lot of difference to the texture. Take the cookies off the oven when the edges are set, the cookie will feel soft now, but will harden later.

Do not over bake the cookies or they will turn hard.  The cookies tasted best on the day I baked them. I have frozen a tiny portion of the dough for the next chocolate-craving-emergency situation. Hope this freezes well, will update here later.


Aps Kitchen said...

I remmeber making such cookies 2 months bac.. but without buttermilk.. By the time( WITHIN THE NEXT DAY) i wanted to click they disappeared

s said...

This sounds perfect! and as always ur directions are spot on. Thanks a ton suma..this one looks like its for keeps.

Hari Chandana P said...

Wowwwww.. looks lovely and delicious

Nachiketa said...

Can i pl be your cousin.... pl pl pl... they look divine :)

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Priya Suresh said...

Omg, wat a beautiful looking chewy cookies, excellent..

harini-jaya said...

they look absolutely heavenly!! I wish I could pop in a couple!

Geetha said...

looks yummy Suma... this one I must try!!

Sayantani Mahapatra Mudi said...

looks so yummy especially the broken one. feel like grabbing and yum yum

Champa said...

They look good. Thanks for the entry. For some reason, I am not that fond of chocolate. I think it is a blessing since there is chocolate everywhere here.

Unknown said...

wow, this looks simply scrumptious. I am a big chocoholic and this is exactly my kind of cookie :)

Anonymous said...

Awesomeness!! A couple of these cookies and a glass of warm milk...perfect brekky or afternoon snack! Im coming, Im steal some cookies from what you've safely hidden. Hands up, and give me all your cookies :P

M D said...

That looks gooey and yum! Looking awesome! Cookies you have made are making me drool! Yum Yum Yum!!!

Aparna S Mallya said...

Oh wow, looks inviting.

Spice said...

they look so delicious, chewy yummmm....

Akila said...

wow i cant take my eyes from the cookies... it looks soooooo inviting dear... book marked....

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My Cogitations said...

Hii Suma,

Awesum recepies, You have inspired me to start baking :). Came across your blog luckily and now I am going to be a regular visitor to check all the yummy bakes.Keep posting, looking for more.. :)


Writer's Diary said...

If they look so yummy, imagine how they would taste!!! Good going Suma, wish I were your neighbour ;-). Wouldn't be cooking at all you see! Me and my kids would be literally surviving on ur baked goodies!!


Sweet Artichoke said...

Waow, super chocolate-y cookies, they looks so good and chewy!

Megha said...

I love the cookies, and I find something very peculiar about your writing style.. :)

I kind of like the strike :) ..

Happy Food-blogging!

Megha.. :)

Deafening Silence said...

Firstly - Looooooove your blog! I just keep goin over it again and agaiiiiin!

And secondly - I braved up to try these cookies! (They looked so delicious! Wanted to eat em off the lappy) But ALAS! They din turn out good :( . Dunno what i did.. But the mixture was a bit runny.. And i had to convert it into a cake (The flavour was exceptional! But i wanted the coooookkkkkkiiiiieee :( )

Suma Rowjee said...

@Deafening Silence - Thanks a lot, means a lot to me!! When u said the mixture was runny the first thing that came to my mind - did u make buttermilk at home? If yes, did u make a cup of it and remembered to use only part of it? My sis used the entire cup and called to ask me why the batter was so runny :)). And of course accurate measures help too...

Deafening Silence said...

Err.. Guilty as charged! :( . :D .

I actually halved the measurements (I'm very skeptical about my baking skills! ) ..
And now that i think of it.. The buttermilk wasn't measured exactly. :-S .

Well.. Mistakes are great teachers! Will try out a batch tomorrow! :D .

And yeah.. Whats the remedy if the mixture is too runny.? extra flour.? Cocoa.? :-? (Cuz am sure its gonna happen again!)

suma said...

@Deafening Silence - Yep, mistakes are the best teachers! Don't worry you will get there soon!

Try measuring accurately as I don't a remedy for a runny cookie dough :))

Unknown said...

wanting to try this recipe .if using homemade buttermilk (instead of milk and vinegar),should the buttermilk be sour ? and is it the same measurement mentioned in the above recipe to be added for this cookie dough?

Suma Rowjee said...

Yes, you could use 2 parts yogurt and 1 part milk/water to make buttermilk, make it the same quantity in any recipe.

Anonymous said...

Can v replace choc chips wid cooking choc

Suma Rowjee said...

Yes, you can replace cooking chocolate with chips, but chips mostly remain intact after baking.