Chocolate Chip Cookies

This chocolate chip recipe is one of the first you will find on allrecipes but it is my go to chocolate chip cookie recipe. The cookies are crispy on the edges, chewy on the inside, and have a really good flavor. Hope you like it too! 🙂

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (softened)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons hot water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C)
  2. Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth.
  3. Beat in the eggs, and vanilla.
  4. Dissolve baking soda in hot water, then add to batter along with salt.
  5. Stir in flour, and chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by large spoonfuls onto baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  7. Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned.
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How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar

Living in Denmark, it is easy to go to Sweden. It takes only 40 minutes from Copenhagen by car. So I sometimes go there, and I have enjoyed every pastry I have tried. The last time I went to Sweden (this last weekend), I picked up a Swedish pastry cookbook by the pastry chef Helene Johansson, so I could make these pastries I love at home.

The first recipe I tried to make was for the pastry called Sockerbullar (Sugar Buns). It is this light sweet bread with vanilla cream in the middle, rolled in sugar. The cream is suppose to represent the sun, and it is one of my favorite pastries to eat when I visit Sweden.

 

This recipe was actually pretty easy. I will translate the recipe below from Swedish to English so you can try it. I also made a video on how I made Sockerbullar, which you can see below.

The original recipe makes 35 sockerbullar, so I scaled it down to 6. If you want to make more than that, feel free to double the recipe. I hope you enjoy these. :o)

How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar

Yield: 6-8

How to make the Swedish Pastry Sockerbullar

Ingredients

    Vanilla Cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar or 1/4 vanilla bean
  • 125 g milk
  • 1.5 egg yolks
  • 31.25 g sugar
  • 12.5 g corn starch
  • 12.5 g butter
  • butter for brushing
  • sugar for garnishing
  • Bread Dough
  • 18.75 g fresh yeast (2 1/4 tsp dry yeast)
  • 125 g cold milk
  • 300 g flour
  • 50 g sugar
  • 50 g butter (room temperature)
  • 5 g cardamom
  • 1.25 g salt

Instructions

  1. Start this recipe by making the vanilla cream. First, mix milk and vanilla together in a saucepan, and bring it to a boil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks, corn starch, and sugar together.
  3. Then, pour in the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, and combine.
  4. Next, pour everything back into the saucepan, and whisk together until it thickens.
  5. Then, add in the butter until melted.
  6. Place it in the fridge to cool, until ready to use.
  7. (For the Bread Dough) - In a large bowl mix the yeast and milk together. Set aside
  8. In a separate medium size bowl mix the flour, sugar, cardamom, and salt together. Then, add in the butter, and mix it into the dry ingredients until it resembles bread crumbs.
  9. Next, add the flour mixture to the milk/yeast mixture. Stir together until a dough forms.
  10. Knead the dough by hand for 12 minutes or until smooth and elastic.
  11. Then, let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
  12. Next, split the dough into 6 - 8 pieces, roll into balls, and place on a baking sheet covered with baking paper.
  13. Cover the dough with plastic wrap, and a towel, and let rise for at least 1 hour.
  14. Then, pre-heat the oven to 225 C/437 F.
  15. Next, put the vanilla cream in a piping bag, and push it down into the center of each ball of dough, piping out the cream into the center as it's being pushed down.
  16. Bake in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes.
  17. Finally, after the bread has cooled a bit, brush the sides with melted butter, and roll into sugar.

Notes

After making this recipe once, I think next time I will flatten the balls of dough just a bit so they aren't as tall. Also, I would like to try letting the dough rise for more than an hour, so the bread is even more light. I probably will also reduce the cardamom by half since it was a little strong. You can make these changes if you want, and let me know how it turns out. I hope you like this recipe.

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That’s it! I feel like the hardest part of this recipe is kneading the bread, and it’s a bit tricky to roll into sugar, but hopefully the video I made will help.

 

Jam Filled Butter Cookies

These cookies are a favorite of mine. They are buttery, slightly sweet, and with jam in the middle. I think they are called different names across the globe but I know them as Linzer cookies, and they are thought to have originated from Austria. I made a video on how I make these cookies, and the recipe is below the video. Hope you enjoy them! 🙂

 

Jam Filled Butter Cookies

Jam Filled Butter Cookies

Ingredients

  • 250g flour
  • 200g butter, cut into small cubes
  • 100g powedered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 egg yolks
  • jam

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 170C/325F
  2. Place the flour, butter, icing sugar and salt into a bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the ingredients together until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
  3. Add the egg yolks and mix until a dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and roll out to a thickness of about 0.5cm. Cut out shapes using a 4cm/1½in cutter.
  4. Cut out the middle of half the cookies.
  5. Place the cookies on a baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake them for 10 - 12 minutes.
  6. After the cookies have cooled, place a small dollop of jam or spread jam on the whole bottom half of a cookie.
  7. Then, place the top half of the cookie onto the bottom half spread with jam.
  8. Repeat until all the cookies are complete.
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Note: The original recipe can be found here.

Enjoy! :o)

Orange and Chocolate Chip Cake

If you like chocolate with orange, then you will love this cake. This orange and chocolate chip cake is a really moist cake baked with chocolate chips, with an orange syrup poured on top. The orange syrup adds a crunchy texture and caramelization to the cake. 

Chocolate Chip Cake with an Orange Syrup on top


Orange and Chocolate Chip Cake

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 200 g butter
  • 250 g sugar (I used 100 g cane sugar and 150 g normal sugar)
  • 150 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 100-150 grams chocolate chips
  • Orange Syrup
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 dl sugar

Instructions

  1. (Cake Directions) - First, soften the butter and whisk in the sugar with an electric hand mixer, continue to whisk while adding in the eggs one by one. 
  2. Then, in a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder together. 
  3. Next, mix the flour mixture into the batter little by little. 
  4. After that, stir in 100-150 grams of chocolate chips.
  5. Then, pour the cake batter into a spring form pan that's lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 190-200c for about an hour. 
  7. (Orange Syrup Direction) - First, wash the oranges. Then, grate the peel (only the orange part).
  8. Next, juice the oranges. Then, sift the juice, and discard the pulp. 
  9. Put the sugar, orange juice and peel in a pot and bring it to a slow boil (be careful and watch over it!). 
  10. Then, when it's reduced to between 3/4 and 1/2 of the original content, and the syrup has become thicker, remove from heat.
  11. Final Step! When the cake comes out of the oven, drizzle the syrup over it so it soaks into the cake. That is it. Hope you enjoy it. :o)
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Orange Syrup
A slice of Chocolate Chip Cake with an Orange Syrup topping

Danish Apple Cake

Today my boyfriend decided to make a Danish Apple Cake, and I didn’t complain! :o)
Homemade Danish Apple Cake
He said the cake was very easy to make, and he got the recipe from this website. Let me tell you, this cake is sooooo yummy! It has a crunchy topping and a really good flavor. The cake is very moist as well, and has a perfect ratio of apples to cake, with a nice mix of cinnamon and sugar. If you want to make this cake, the recipe is below, translated from Danish to English, and partially typed by the baker himself!
Danish Apple Cake

Ingredients

    Cake
  • 200 g butter
  • 250 g sugar (I used 100 g cane sugar and 150 g normal sugar)
  • 150 g flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • Topping
  • 3 apples
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon 

Instructions

  1. First, soften the butter and whisk in the sugar with an electric hand mixer, continue to whisk while adding in the eggs one by one. 
  2. Then, in a separate bowl mix the flour and baking powder together. 
  3. Next, mix the flour mixture into the batter little by little. 
  4. Then, pour the cake batter into a spring form pan that's lined with parchment paper.
  5. Finally, peel and de-core the apples, then cut them into chunky slices. Mix sugar and cinnamon together, and toss the apple slices in the mixture. Gently push the slices a bit into the top of the cake batter.
  6. Bake at 190-200c for an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes (insert a toothpick into the cake to check when it is done, if the toothpick is clean then the cake is finished). :)
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That is it. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Here are some more pictures! Let me know if you tried this recipe.
Ingredients ready to be mixed in
Apple Cake ready for the oven
Apple Cake fresh out of the oven
Apple cake with fresh whipped cream