Sunday, August 29, 2010

A cup of tea & a recipe for almond & white chocolate chip cookies

I like to bake something every week... I grew up around my mum baking... licking the cake batter off the spoon, helping make pastry leaves to decorate her meat and potato pie... One of my earliest memories is being beside my mum in the kitchen, helping her make Sunday dinner. Once becoming a home maker myself, this early passion for cooking really took hold. Now, I'm not about to profess to being the next Nigella Lawson or Martha Stewart, as I often make a complete hash of a recipe... However, I do try my best, in hope that this love of cooking will somehow diffuse into my daughters and, hopefully, then into their daughters...  My mum also said that 'a way to a mans heart is through is stomach,' so I'm hoping that this will give them a head-start on that, too... in many years to come, of course...

Anyhoo, my eldest daughter loves cookies (please don't berate me for letting her eat this sugary treat), and so, to indulge her,  once the weather turns cooler, I make cookies most weekends... I try a variety of combinations... sometimes good, sometimes bad...

This week, I tried vanilla almond milk for the first time, and, I have to say, it was quite delicious. With this in mind, I decided to make an almond white chocolate chip cookie.

Don't you just want to eat raw cookie dough? 

Just over 10 minutes later and they look like this!
I love them, but then again, I have an insatiable sweet tooth.. The hubby is the better judge and he's just had his second, so maybe I'm onto something... I've included the recipe below, just in case you want to give them a try...

Almond White Chocolate Chip Cookies

! ¼ Cups of all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup of butter or margarine (1 stick) softened
½ cup of brown sugar
¼ cup of granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon almond essence
 1½ cup of white chocolate chips
½ cup of chopped almonds


1.   Preheat the oven to 375F. In a small bowl combine the flour, baking soda and salt.

2.   In a mixing bowl, add the brown sugar, granulated sugar and softened butter. With the mixer on a medium setting, beat, until light and fluffy.

3.   Add the egg and almond essence to the butter and sugars, and beat until well combined.

4.   Reduce the mixer to a low speed and beat in the flour, until just blended.

5.   With a wooden spoon, stir in the white chocolate chips and chopped almonds.

6.   Drop the dough by well-rounded teaspoons, approx 2 inches apart, on two ungreased cookie sheets. I like to make these cookies pretty big, so that they’re nice and gooey in the middle, so the key is to putting a good sized teaspoon of dough on your cookie sheet!

7.    Pop the cookies in the oven and bake until golden around the edges… between 10 and 12 minutes. I like my cookies a little soft, so I usually start checking them at around 10 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie).

8.   Once baked, transfer the cookies to a cooling rack, using a wide spatula. I can’t resist these cookies so I usually have one with a cup of tea while the chips are still gooey… Mmmmmm… enjoy!


  1. Oh you are a super mum! Those look delicious and you won't get any berating out of me. My favorite is white chocolate macadamia nut but I love almonds so this would be just as great!

  2. Oooh, I was vaguely thinking about baking today - now I definitely have a reason to give the Aga a workout, yum!!!
    I always loved cooking and doing Sunday dinner with my mum, it is lovely that you are passing on the tradition to your daughters :)
    Melissa x

  3. Hi Laura,

    You make me hungry with those yummy cookies! And giving your daughters homemade love, would someone say anything? Please! I wish I could cook better, so you go and bake (I'm happy to taste them for you...)
    Have a good day sweet Laura!

  4. oh how funny i pop over to see your recipe and it seems that you thought i already had!! hee hee!! now the lovely melissa above is from my part of ol'bllighty but she's not moi!
    we are all in this lovely little loop...i have 2 laura's that i chat regularly with- and i always have to have a check which one i'm writing too- as i am so happy to have you both....
    so Melissa above is whipping up a batch...and in for the giggle this melissa {me} is gonna whip up a batch! and we'll both let you know :)

    did you get my tea swap suggestion??

    melissa- the lytham one :) xx

  5. Found your blog via Mrs A in the Cove, was reading through your posts thinking 'hmmmm, I like this gal' when I read you like to bake. Something every week! It's always lovely to find like-minded people. Friday in our home is bake day (partly because my Eldest boy has severe food allergies, and partly because his mum is a gobble guts), but it's a lovely tradition and we all look forward to it. Possibly also because leftovers get tossed out on Monday morning - that's if anything is left - and we all have to wait the whole week again until bake day. But the best bit is eating cookies and cake with no more than 10 ingredients! And I actually know what all the ingredients are!!! Will definitely be trying this recipe. Will have to hide the biscuits from my boys, hehehe. Nice to meet you.

  6. I like how your mom said the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. That is so true.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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