I am bored. It’s 3 AM this side of the world and I am still awake. I just got home an hour ago and I should have already been done with my “nightly” routine and in bed, either surfing the net or watching a movie. I am typing this in my living room with the TV on but not really watching. I am in the mood to bake cookies but I forgot to buy a couple of the missing ingredients and I am not in the mood to do my nails because it will take some time before the polish will dry.
So, yes. I. am. bored. Little Z is at home in the mountain city with my Mom, enjoying a cooler weather, being cute with the people back home and most likely showing his latest antics. LOL! And here I am, left all alone in my apartment, short of staring at my ceiling upon getting home from work. Missing my little heart and soul. 🙁
Speaking of boredom, last Saturday night, when little Z had gone to sleep and all the packing had been done, I had nothing left to do basically and I was too restless to sleep (even if I knew that I had to get some sleep because of the early trip we were taking. Well, when you become a Mom, 10AM trip is already early Haha!), I checked what I had in my containers. Lo and behold, I had the basic ingredients for a cookie. So I decided to make cookies. Blueberry cookies, I’d say.
For the longest time, I only tried making one type of cookie and it’s chocolate chip cookies. LOL! And I don’t have a real oven for that matter. I only use an oven toaster. Well, it’s the only one I got. The problem is, it is too small for anything else. I have wanted to bake since I was a kid (meet the former Martha Stewart wannabe 😛 . The story about this will be for some other time.) but we never had an oven so I never really had that opportunity to do so. Until I discovered that I can bake using the oven toaster.
Anyway, all the recipes I’ve seen for blueberry cookies used fresh or frozen blueberries. The one I have is the blueberry in can. 😛 So instead of mixing it and all that, I took my chocolate chip cookie recipe, changed the chocolate chip to blueberry (but not really mixing it, I made it a topper of each cookie instead), and viola! There you have it – blueberry cookies.
I was not satisfied with the taste. Something was missing. But since I just wanted to bake and not really eat all of it (my sister is not a cookie person), we decided to bring it home with us. My Mom and brother said it tasted OK. 😛 All I know is I need to make another batch and see how it goes this time.
That’s why I am in the mood to bake. I need to get those ingredients tomorrow.
Before I forget, here’s the recipe of that chocolate chip cookie that I used:
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) softened butter (salted or unsalted)
- 3/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1-1/4 cup flour, all-purpose, self rising, or bread (lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off. DO NOT PACK DOWN FLOUR WHEN MEASURING!)
- 1 cup chocolate chips (any kind your prefer or have on hand)
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- Mix the butter and sugar together until completely combined.
- Add the egg and mix until incorporated.
- Stir in the flour then the chocolate chips until combined.
- Scoop into mounds about 1 TBSP each onto ungreased cookie sheets (you can use a silpat or parchment paper to line your sheets). Do not put more than 9 cookies per sheet.
- Bake at 350ºF until just set on the edges and middle still looks undercooked. About 8-12 minutes. (if you did not use brown sugar the cookies will not brown because of the lack of baking soda and baking powder)
- Allow to cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes before removing. Cookies will continue to cook on the sheets for a few minutes
Here are the deviations I made:
- pre-heat your oven toaster. Probably about 3-5 minutes will do.
- change chocolate chips to blueberry in syrup
- do not mix in the blueberries. prepare the cookie dough as per above instruction
- scoop enough blueberries on top of the cookie dough (if you want the blueberry filling to be a bit sweeter, mix it with a dash of sugar and set it aside while you prepare the dough)
- bake the cookies for about 8 minutes
You can play with the settings of your oven toaster. If you are using the simple toasters (the one that only has the timer and no temp control and all the other hoolabaloo, just like the one I have), then you have to check on how hot the oven gets after several batches. You might need to adjust the time to cook the next batch of cookies so they don’t overcook.
So there you go. Til next boredom activity. 😛