Our Sunday mornings usually start late. Yesterday, I woke up early as it was Father’s Day and, I had already made plans. After the heavy brunch that we indulged in, I was looking forward to the late afternoon tea. Even the timer in the kitchen was ticking away excitedly.
We were seated on the edge of our chairs, eyes glued to the TV screen; India was playing the finale for the ICC Trophy against Pakistan. Although the game was not going in the favor of the defending champions, my father, however, didn’t let that hamper his thrill. Without notice, I slipped in the question about his idea of celebrating Father’s Day; he turned his smiling eyes at me.
For him, the time we spend together is the most precious gift. Over the years, I have realized the same. The joyous time of a family makes the happiest memories. And no number of presents could make the payback.
So, this year, I gifted him all the time he deserves. Shared his excitement of a cricket match, watched him laugh and frown, listened to his exuberant cheers. His energy yesterday was truly rejuvenating.
The very moment, the oven in the kitchen rang the bell. Cookies were ready!
There are ways to savour freshly baked cookies – the old-fashioned way is to dunk them in warm milk or give them the company of a nice cup of coffee. We chose the latter to enjoy ours.
So, here’s a look at the recipe that kept us positive through the tense match.
Ingredients (Room temperature):
- Wheat flour – 1 ¼ cup
- Sugar – ¾ to 1 cup (I used ¾ cup as I preferred less sweet)
- Butter – ½ cup
- Eggs -1
- Baking Soda – ½ tsp
- Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
- Salt – ¼ tsp
- Dark Chocolate Chips – 1 cup
- In a large bowl, whisk butter and sugar together until the mixture is smooth.
- Add an egg to the mixture and beat until well combined. Pour in the vanilla essence and mix.
- Sieve the dry ingredients (Flour, baking soda, Salt) in the mixture and start folding till it looks like a sticky dough.
- Fold in the chopped chocolate/ Chocolate chips and let the mixture rest in the fridge for half an hour.
- Meanwhile, preheat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius and line the baking tray with parchment paper.
- After 30 minutes, take out the dough and scoop equal portions on the baking sheet. Keep a distance of around 2 cm between two cookies to allow them to expand while baking.
- Bake for 12 -15 mins depending on the temperature settings of your oven.
- Cool them completely on a wire rack and enjoy.
The Indian Cricket team sadly did not win but, our Hockey Team did; entering the finals for Hockey World League 2017. I think, I too won last night with those soft and chewy chocolate cookies!
To all the fathers who work so hard and make us who we are – Happy Father’s Day!