Heart shaped Chocolate Chip Cookie

Heart Shaped Cookies – If you love soft cookies, this recipe is just right for you!

The Fifth Parlour

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I bet some of you have been really stressed looking for the perfect gift. Some will take this opportunity to do handmade gifts. If you have 20 minutes to spare, then why not try out baking chocolate chip cookies with just 4 easy steps!

What you will need:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup/226g butter softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups of chocolate chips

Step 1: Creamed the butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add in the vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time.

Step 3: Mix the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl. Then, slowly, add in the dry mixture to the creamed ingredients.

Step 4: Add in chocolate chips…

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Updates: Hari Raya Cookies

Hellooooo!
I’m so sorry for the lack of updates. I have not been baking for some time or baked any new recipes.

However, I tried something different this year. I actually sold cookies and meringue that I baked. I don’t know how I got the confidence to actually sell something which I don’t really bake.

Firstly, I think it’s a great opportunity because a lot of people are selling something during Hari Raya.

Secondly, since I’m jobless, I feel that this is an extra income for me. At least I can earn some income even though it was not a lot.

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This is my first time baking chocolate chip cookies.

Looking back, I really think I am crazy because usually people sell something that they have confidence in it.

I had to play with the temperature and time. It was really challenge baking cookies. Once you find the right timing and temperature, everything seems easy.

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If you want the recipe, look out for it in my earlier post. However this year, after doing research, I lower the temperature and time and it is better.

After rounds and rounds of baking, I have learnt quite a number of things.

1) You need a lot of patience in baking because you will face a lot of obstacles along the way. Obstacles such as burnt cookies or under-baked cookies. You need to play with the temperature and timing for several times and it might take you one whole day to find the right one.

2) Never give up attitude. I wanted to give up halfway and decided not to take any orders. Thanks to my Mum who has been really supportive and helping me. She was the one who kept telling me it’s okay. Try again. Try baking for hours and then you think it’s not what you wanted, you just feel that all your efforts are wasted.

3) Lastly, you make the recipe, not the recipe make you. This means that you can alter the recipe based on what you feel is right. The recipe is there to guide you. If you think it is too sweet, cut down on the sugar. If you think the cookies need a longer time to bake, then do it. Different oven has different settings and the heat varies. Play around with the temperature and timing. Follow your guts.

Before I end this post, I would like to thank my friends, family members and my mum’s colleague for supporting me and buying the cookies and meringue. I know the cookies and meringue are not perfect and it might not be the best cookies or meringue you have tasted. Your support means a lot to me and I will continue to improve on it.

To my mum, thank you for being there for me and helping me. It was really great way to bond with each other. I still remember we did not sleep the whole night and only finished everything at 9 am.

Banana Cookies

It’s Father’s Day today and I’m celebrating it with my grandfather.

If you’ve been following my blog,

you will know that my grandfather is a fan of banana fritters.

I’ve been making him banana cakes for his birthday and other occasions.

I was really stressed.

I want to do something different and I thought of making banana cookies.

I need a recipe that is quick and easy.

After searching for days, I finally found one.

Thanks to The Burlap Blog for the recipe.

It’s so easy and you only need two ingredients.

Yes, just two ingredients!

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It was supposed to be a healthy snack.

The original recipe used oats but I can’t find oats and so I used 3 in 1 Nestum.

If you would like the healthier version, you just need to replace the Nestum with oats.

You will need a cup of oats and 2 bananas.

For me, I used 4 packets of Nestum.

You can also add in raisins, chocolate chips or nuts to the cookies. It’s up to you.

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Put the nestum/oats in a bowl.

Then add in two bananas.

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Smash the bananas and mixed it with the oats/nestum.

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And you’re done.

For the original recipe, it states that you just need to bake it for

15 mins at 175 degrees.

At the 15 min mark, it is still soft to me.

I want it harder and added in another 15 mins.

It was still soft.

It’s up to you on how hard you want the cookies to be.

Eventually, it will be a little bit soft not hard like your normal cookies.

At last, I baked it for 40 mins.

But don’t straight away baked it for 40 mins,

try 20 mins first and play around with it.

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After 40 minutes of waiting and being so worried,

it’s finally done!

Let is cool for a while and it’s ready to be served.

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Just look at the bananas.

At first, I wanted to add raisins but left it out because the 3 in 1 Nestums

has sugar in it and I don’t want it to be so sweet.

I love two or three ingredients recipes.

It makes life so much easier! 😉

Anyway, I would like to wish all Father’s out there,

a very Happy Father’s Day! ❤

You still have time to surprise your dad by baking him this cookies for breakfast.

Nutella Cookies

Everyone is trying to incorporate Nutella in everything.

You can find on bread, cookies, cupcakes and many more.

A few months ago, I found an account which sells cookies.

It was on the popular page.

I was curious and went to check it out.

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Look at this Nutella cookies!

They sell different type of cookies.

If you’re on instagram, you should follow monkey_cookies.

I wish they opened a stall in Singapore.

I told myself that I need to bake this cookie after i’m done with exam.

On a mission to find the recipe and found it.

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And the best thing is you just need 3 ingredients.

It is similar to baking nutella cupcakes.

You just need

an egg,

280g of flour and

280g of nutella!

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Firstly, mix the Nutella and egg.

After it has been mixed, add the flour bit by bit.

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Then, make it into a circle shape.

Flatten it.

Put Nutella on top of the dough

then put another part of dough.

Bake it for 6 to 8mins at degrees. Check it first, if it’s not yet baked, bake it longer.

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Here is the end result.

I was disappointed because it didn’t turned out like what I imagined it to be.

I think my mistake was that I put too little Nutella

and that the dough was too think.

I hope the next time I do I will managed to do it the right way.

Check this website out for the recipe and how the cookie should turned out: Nutella Cookies by Butter Baking

Overall, the cookies tasted like brownies.

Oh ya, I added in nuts to make it crunchy. 🙂

Cornflakes Cookies

I’ve always wanted to bake cookies.

And it seems like the cornflakes in my house is always there.

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I searched online on what I can do with the cookies & found this:

I tried this recipe but the flour doesn’t seem to mix together so I added in an egg.

And it turned out well!

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I also added in raisin!

Very crunchy cookies, I must say.

Hari Raya Cookies

I always envy those who bakes during Hari Raya.

I never experienced baking during Hari Raya.

Since we have a oven this time round, I asked my Mum to bake with me.

It was a nice experience.

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Corn Flakes is one of my favourites during the Hari Raya especially Honey Corn Flakes.

I followed this recipe

And this is how it turned out

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The first few sets were burnt.

So we adjusted the temperature and lower it down.

Eventually, the rest turn out okay.

The secret to baking is to know the right temperature.

If you fail the first time, don’t give up.

Play with the recipe.

Usually, it is either the timing or the temperature.

There were 2 recipes on the corn flakes box

and it looks easy.

Therefore I tried it out.

Corn Flakes Choc Chip Meringue

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For the chocolate coco pops,

I followed the steps from a Youtube video

but instead of using corn flakes, I used coco pops.

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Coco Pops Chocolate Truffles.

This require no baking.

You just need to mix it and put it in the refrigerator.

I used the whole 400g of coco pops.