BROWNIE CRINKLE COOKIES





I'm on the lookout for Kid- Friendly recipes these holidays so that I can involve my girls wherever and whenever possible. 

I found this recipe here. Her pictures were absolutely mouth watering. Simple recipe and so easy to make. They were absolutely delicious. Crinkle cookies..............just in time for Christmas too!



My only disappointment was that my cookies turned out flatter then I expected. My bad. I flattened them out before baking thinking it will rise while baking. but they didn't. So..........DO NOT flatten them out. Just scoop them onto the baking tray and bake.
the cookies were so fudgy and chewy inside............just like a brownie!!! I bet you can't stop with just one!!



MAKES ABOUT 9 THIN ONES OR ABOUT 6 FAT ONES.
INGREDIENTS:
dark chocolate - 100 g
butter - 65 g
caster sugar - 1/3 cup
light brown sugar - 1/4 cup
egg - 1
flour - 1/2 cup
cocoa powder - 1 and 1/2 tbsps
baking powder - 1/2 tsp
sea salt(optional) - sprinkle on top

PROCESS:
  • line a baking tray with parchment paper and keep ready.
  • preheat the oven at 180 degrees.
  • In a saucepan, melt together the butter and dark chocolate. keep stirring and don't let it burn. keep aside.
  • in a bowl place the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. mix and keep aside.
  • in the bowl of your stand mixer or using an electric whisk, whisk together the egg and the sugars on high speed for about 4 minutes.
  • then. slowly add the chocolate mixture and whisk on low speed until incorporated. 
  • change to a a paddle attachment and slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. mix until combined.
  • use a spatula and scrape down the sides and bottom to make sure the ingredients are well incorporated. the batter will be gooey. it will definitely be wetter than an average cookie dough and should not spread to much in the pan.
  • now use a scoop and quickly drop a large spoon of dough into the baking tray. do it quickly as the batter hardens pretty fast.
  • sprinkle with flaked sea salt if using, and immediately place into the oven. 
  • bake for about 10-12 minutes. the cookies will be crinkled and domed.
  • remove from the oven and cool for atleast 20 minutes before trying to remove it from the tray.
NOTES:
  • make sure you're baking tray is lined with parchment paper and kept ready before you start making the batter.
  • the cookie batter/dough thickens and hardens very quickly, so as soon as the dough is ready, scoop them into the baking tray and bake them.


BANANA AND CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFINS - ONE BOWL



I have been using this recipe for a long time. I have it written it down and I have completely forgotten the source. This recipe is a keeper for sure........PLEASE do try it out. They are super soft and moist and delicious. Most importantly there's absolutely no mess and no bowl S to wash up! It's just a mix mix mix and bake recipe! perfect to try out with the kids!!


School holidays have started and I made these muffins my girls a few days ago.......my younger one had so much fun mixing and following instructions. Did u watch my insta stories?? Follow my Instagram account for more fun.....search   'farahs_cookbook'

MAKES 12 MUFFINS
INGREDIENTS:
all purpose flour - 1 and 1/2 cups
baking soda - 1 tsp
baking powder - 1 tsp
salt - 1/2 tsp
egg - 1
sugar - 3/4 cup 
butter, melted - 1/3 cup
mashed banana - 1 and 1/2 cups 
chocolate chips - 3/4 cup

PROCESS:
  • In a bowl whisk the butter and sugar together. (hand whisk is fine)
  • Add in the egg and whisk till frothy.
  • Stir in the mashed bananas. 
  • Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Give it a quick mix and add in the choco chips in the end.
  • Pour into muffin cups (fill three- fourths) and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 15-20 mins or until they are cooked or a stick inserted comes out clean.

CHEESY GARLIC BREAD





I love working with yeast! Don't ask  me why! I actually find it so fascinating! .............and shaping it it is another thing I love doing! The star shape is now making its rounds for Christmas on Pinterest and  I've actually been eyeing it for quite awhile now.

Since we've already started school holidays, Aaliya and me worked this recipe last week! As usual I used my basic bread recipe I've been using for quite awhile now........and just added the garlic butter and cheese twist to it! 

YES!!!!!!! Lunch well sorted out ............but I died of the guilt later!!!






INGREDIENTS:

for the bread:

warm milk - 1 cup
intant yeast -3/4 tbsp
sugar - 2 tbsps
egg - 1
salt - 1 tsp
chili flakes - 1/2 tsp
mixed dried herbs - 1 tsp
bread flour - 3 cups
butter - 2 and 1/2 tbsp 

for the filling:
mozzarella cheese - 3/4 cup

for brushing:
dried mixed herbs - 1 tsp
garlic, minced - 2-3 cloves
butter, melted - 3 tbsps
chili flakes - optional

PROCESS:
  • In a large bowl, add the yeast, sugar, milk, salt and give it a whisk. 
  • Add in the egg, chili flakes, dried herbs and mix well. 
  • Add in the flour little by little and knead to form a stick dough. Add in the butter now and then so it is easy to handle the dough.
  • If you have a stand mixer it's easy . But if you don't have one, just knead for about 10 minutes by hand. Atleast you get a good arm workout ;)
  • The end dough will be slightly sticky. When you press on the dough slightly with a finger it will bounce back. Then you know you've got the perfect dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a slightly greased bowl. Brush the tops of the dough with some butter and close with a cling wrap. Place in a warm spot and leave it to rise to about double the size. (about 1 hour)
  • In the meanwhile take the melted butter  in a bowl. Add the garlic, herbs and chili flakes. Mix well. Keep ready.
  • Once the dough has doubled in size, lightly flour your work surface and place the dough on it. Punch the dough down.  Knead for a minute or so. (stretch the dough and fold back. Repeat)Greasing your hands helps.
  • Roll the dough out in the shape of a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thickness, or even less. Remember it rises more when it bakes. Brush with the melted garlic butter. 
  • Over half of the rectangle, evenly add the grated cheese on top. then, close the cheese side of the rectangle shut by folding the dough (by bringing the uncheesed side of the dough on top of the cheesed side..............if that makes sense?.........LOL) Seal the sides by lightly pinching the sides closed.
  • Place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Brush the tops with the garlic butter. close with a cling wrap and rest for 10 minutes. 
  • Bake in a pre -heated oven at 180 degrees for 20 minutes or until the tops are light golden brown and beautiful!
  • Cut into strips and serve with ketchup........

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