Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt

Can i start off with a birthday song?? Happy bday to u.. happy bday to u.. happy bday dear hubster.. happy bday to uuuuuuuuu! hehe... yesterday was hubs bday.. he turned 34 and me? ahaks... u do the calculation urself ok.. i remember when i first met him more than a decade ago.. he was just 22yrs old and was smitten by this old lady hahaha.. oh well.. this is what we call "fated".. we fell in love and 2 yrs after we met.. we got hitched :op

Hi all.. how are my readers doing?? i know and i am sorry for not being able to reply to comments.. i hv been keeping well, tho at times there were signs of a little frustration (like yesterday.. tsk tsk) eventho there wasnt much that needed to be packed.. there was lots that needed to be done.. i hv packed like 30 boxes so far and the only thing that i hv to pack bef we move this weekend is our toiletries and the clothing that we are wearing this week.. our store room was a big headache.. i still had 8 boxes that were hidden for the past 3 yrs and when i opened them up... i found out that i still had all of Sonia's branded clothing and baby stuff... not forgetting the baby carrier which she didnt use.. the baby clothing that she got during her baby shower.. everything was still in the box and in very good condition... i repacked the whole thing and send it to the salvation army.. i hope it will be of good use to others.. there were boxes full of books... there were boxes full of old curtains.. i guess they were too pretty to be given away back then and now i will pass it on to my sister.. sometimes when it comes to moving house.. u just hv to close ur eyes and put aside things that u dont need .. or just give them a new home...

So ok.. enough abt packing and moving... i think this will be my one and only post for this week... i hope that we will be able to settle in quickly n nicely in our new home.. super mixed feelings actually but i guess thats how it is each time u move to new place.. u leave behind bad memories.. u take with u good ones... every single house that we have stayed in has history and am keeping it close to my heart.. Insyallah ..

Anyway since all my baking pans have been packed n yesterday was hubster's bday.. i thought i shud bake something simple for him..  i couldnt possibly bake him a celebration cake.. after much thought.. i decided to bake him this cookie.. the page that he bookmarked not long ago.... Sonia helped to prepare it and sang hubs a bday song bef she gave a pc to hubs and put aside a pc for herself lol.. love love love the taste of this bittersweet chocolate chip cookies... its crispy on the outside and a little chewy in the middle.. the sea salt that is added gives this cookies a two thumbs up.. love it!!

Notes fm Izy:
- The dough isn’t creamy and it’s not very soft, it’s quite dense and can be crumbly.
- Make sure you scoop the dough at the 1/3 cup size as stated in the recipe – the size of the dough ball contributes tonnes to the final texture of the cookie, so don’t change it!!!!
- It’s also important that the cookie dough is baked straight from the fridge- it needs to be cold and rock hard when it goes into the oven.

Bittersweet Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt
inspired by Delancey, adapted from Epicurious and Maury Rubin of City Bakery
makes 11-13 very large cookies

10 tbsp (5 oz / 140g) butter - i used unsalted butter
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 3/4 cup (230g) all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
1/2 cup + 3 tbsp (140g) light brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp kosher salt / fleur de sel* (plus more for sprinkling) - i used fleur de sel of cos!
1 egg
7 oz (200g) bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped - i used 66% valrhona

In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Continue to heat it on medium-low on the stove until it foams up and smells nutty then stir in the vanilla extract. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, either in a stand mixer or a large bowl combine the next 6 ingredients (flour through to salt). Pour in the butter and mix until it looks like moist clumpy sand with no floury patches. Add the egg and mix in for a few seconds, then the chopped chocolate and mix until well distributed – but not for too long!

Using a 1/3 cup cookie scoop**, scoop up some of the dough and smoosh it into the scoop until it’s just full. Turn out onto a lined cookie tray, spacing each mound 3″ apart (I managed 4 per tray). Repeat with all of the cookie dough. Cover with cling film and refridgerate for anywhere between 1 – 72 hours (the longer you wait, the better the texture and flavour!!!).

When ready to bake preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). When ready, sprinkle the cold cookie dough with fleur de sel and shove into the oven immediately!! Bake for 8-11 minutes, until browned, with set edges, and a puffy, soft centre. Let cool on the baking tray for a minute before transferring to a wire rack. - i used 180C n baked it for 10mins

*You can sub the fancy salt for a scant 1/2 tsp of table salt in the dough, however you can’t use table salt for sprinkling so either use the fancy salt for sprinkling or just don’t sprinkle at all.

** You can just use a 1/3 cup measure (which equals just over 5 tbsp), then roll the dough into a ball with your hands and slightly flatten into a hemi-sphere on the baking tray.

Note fm me hehe
- i scooped 1/2 tbsp for each cookie.. my ice cream scoop is somewhere in one of my "kitchen" boxes plus i dont think i will ever bake a super huge giant cookie.. ever! i hate HUGE cookies hahaha

Thank you Izy fm TWC for sharing such a wonderful recipe.. shes 16yrs old and the pic that she took of this Bittersweet chocolate cookies.. arghhhh!! i cant stand it!! muahaha - ty for making me munch more than i shud.. its delish and both my kids and the bday boy.. love it!

Wish me luck dearies n i guess i see u next in my new abode!


Ummu Madihah said...

Wishing u all the best in your new home. Experienced a lot of packing n unpacking every time we had to move house, such back-breaking experience! Sempat lagi u buat cookies, looks delish!! Happy belated birthday to the birthdy boy!

Rima said...

Ty Ummu.. Much needed! Am pretty excited actually n there are days that I couldn't sleep lol.. The thoughts of moving to a new place excite me .. Err well except the packing.. The unpacking is usually bearable hehe.. Can't wait to play around with my new oven.. Can't wait to rip off the plastic of all the shelves in the oven hehehe

Anonymous said...

Selamat berpindah Rima...enjoy your new home.And of course happy baking/cooking in your new kitchen.Hope you have a very good relationship with your new oven...
Now knur nak masuk dapur nak bake this cookies,it looks so yummyyyy.TQ for the recipe Rima..
Regards from:KNur-Trg

Mel said...

Beautiful post as usual! I am sure you must be tired as well as excited with the moving to a new place! This cookies must be yummy; sweet as well with some salty taste which I like!

z said...

Salam Rima.Good luck in yr final packing and all the best settling in yr new home.Can't wait for yr next post @ yr new home.Mesti lg vavoom kan!Anyway, nk tanya u rasa chips ni beza sgt ke if i use ordinary table salt instead of fleur de sel?Tq & Happy Belated B'day to Mr Rima

zurailah said...

Sorry typo td.I'm zurailah

Rima said...

Ty n hopefully too.. If not Huhu.. Harus practice balik on my macs.. Wonder if my new oven cepat panas macam my current oven .. Hmmmm

Bake it ok.. If suka yg gedik gedik.. Can buat pakai 1/3 cup hehe

Rima said...

Tired of cos.. Frustrated... Grrrr.. Men will never understand what we women had to go thru hahaha

Bake it ok.. Sedappp

Rima said...

Alahhh where got vavavoomm.. Biasa ajer.. Yg pending to me.. Big kitchen haha

Ty for the wish.. He said he's an old man now.. Errr what abt me? Haha

CS said...

Puas dah I mengira guna calculator n sampoa tapi tak dpt juga jawapannya (age difference), ahaks. Anyway, selamat berpindah and happy unpacking, errrgh *tak sker*

rahel said...

Selamat pagi Kak Rima...
boleh habis satu balang bittersweet ni kalau ada kat depan Rahel skarang...sesuai sangat utk tea time..

zurailah said...

Rima,u x jwb pasal i tanya beza rasanya kalau pakai ordinary table salt instead of fleur de sel?Sorryla kacau u i know u're busy,tapi nk tau jg coz i nk try buat,mmg lama dok cari resepi chips yg dlm dia chewy gooey sikit,tq for sharing

lemongrass said...

Happy birthday to your 'toyboy' hubby Rima. We cougars have to stick together, hahaha....
At least, one good thing about it is that when they frist met us, we were already 'old' so they are so used to us being old kan, heeee....
Hope your move to the new house is smooth sailing and happy baking in your new house. Memang sgt2 best kan the feeling of ripping through the new oven's plastic, hehehe...

ette seth said...

Hi rima,

May your troubles be less, And your blessing be more. And nothing but happiness, Come through your door.

Dont forget to post photos of your new home once you've settled.


Anonymous said...

Hi Rima,

Happy Birthday to your hubby.

All the best for your move into your new home :)


Rima said...

hehe i am only a year older than him muahaha.. ye lerrrr

memang menci nak pack but kan all the excitement yg membuat penat ku tak terasa.. amboiii.. badan sakit tuhan ajer yg tahu hehe

Rima said...

bday boy took it to work and he said laku banget hehe.. nanti bila dah pindah i will test run my oven by baking this cookies again

Rima said...

oppssy sorry dear... if u use table salt memang berbeza dari segi rasa..

Rima said...

ty for the wish.. yes we cougars harus stick to one another.. thru thick and thin hahaha

Am pretty excited.. silap hari bulan.. i letak katil kat dapur hahaha

Rima said...

ty for the wish.. if i hv the time i will.. probably bef the movers put all our furniture in

Rima said...

Ty Sally for the wish... a few more days bef i start unpacking all my stuff.. ai ya yaaaa

Marsita Yahya said...

Hi Rima, always drop by yr blog but never give comments. I guess I am always speechless just by looking at the beautiful pics and beautiful taste as well.

ijayuji said...

Salam kak!!! happy belated besday buat hb kesayangan akak doa yg baik2 jugak buat hb akak insyaAllah! nak tergelak baca part old lady tuuu, seriously, u looks younger lorrr if bezakan dgn hb akak, nmpk mcm sebaya, waaaaa... kembang lah tuu ahahaha.... ikhlas ni :-))
Sea salt ni kasar2 kan? nak kena tumbuk dulu ke kalau guna? kalau ada resepi guna sea salt selalu skip ajerr tp semalam nmpk kat supermarket tgh sale murah gilerrrrr tp tak pergi ambik mcm nyesal pulak sbb akak kuarkan resepi guna sea salt ehehe, arini kalau rajin nak beli :D

izahdaut said...

waahhh penatnya nak ngemas.. saya dpt bayangkan barang2 kak rima yang banyaaaakk tuuu... hehehe.. slamat berpindah dan randah kak rimaa ekkk

Shasha Mohamed said...

Berpindah adalah satu tugas yang memenatkan dan terpaksa berpisah dengan sebahagian dari barang yang kita sayang...

Anonymous said...

Kak Rimaaa....semangat ya.... love your sonia, love your masterpieces and also love you... *hugh and kisses*

CQUEK said...

This post has my mouth watering!

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Hi.. I am a SAHM to 2 kiddoes..19yr old boy n 2 year old girl.. met my Austrian hubby here in Singapore and hv been living here all my life... my love for baking started when i was 6mths preggie to my daughter, Sonia... my addiction to baking has not stop eversince.. I hope to learn as much as i can abt baking and decorating and then share it with u along the way..