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It was a nice mid-week public holiday break in celebration of Hari Raya. Over the weekend, Celeste and myself decided to take the free day to do something a little out of the ordinary - BAKE COOKIES!

Just in case, you still don't already know... I have a certain 'passion' for cooking. However, I never had many chances to bake; simply cause the previously owned oven was used more as a storage box rather then an actual working kitchen appliance! Baking always felt like a 'borrowed affair' as I had to make a trip somewhere else to use someone's oven.

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Teka HI-735

It wasn't until recently that I got my very own Teka HI-735 Oven! It's a stainless steel 56 liters German beauty. With 9 multifunction cooking settings and turbo and a whooping price tag of around SGD$1,200.

Psychologically, I think the physical beauty and solid make of the oven unknowingly makes one love the experience of using it. Again, I sense my own shallowness!

Teka HI-735 Oven Specs

The cookie recipe for the day was 'Best Big, Fat, Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie' with added walnuts suggested by Celeste. It was a perfect addition. It gave the cookies a choc-nut taste which went together heavenly.

According to Celeste, cookies are one of the simplest to bake. Perhaps cause people ain't too particular about a 'perfect' cookie. My aim is to make cookies in the standard of Mrs Field's; firm and crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. After this baking experience, I beg to differ that the 'perfect' cookie is NOT EASY to consistently make.


* 2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
* 1 egg
* 1 egg yolk
* 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Servings Per Recipe: 18
Amount Per Serving

* Calories: 285
* Total Fat: 14g
* Cholesterol: 44mg
* Sodium: 112mg
* Total Carbs: 40g
* Dietary Fiber: 1.5g
* Protein: 2.8g


1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Roast Walnut for 5mins.
Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

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2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

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3. In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.
This picture reminds me of how totally sinful cookies are... totally sinful!

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4. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended.

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5. Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts by hand using a spoon.

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6.Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart. (This makes what we call the 'giganormous' cookies. Towards the end, we used a 1 teaspoon size for a smaller bite size cookie)

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7. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted.

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8. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
These are the 'giganormous' cookies baked at 165 degrees C for 21 mins.
Oven door was opened numerous times, cookie base not dry and firm.

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The second batch of cookies at 165 degrees C for 17 mins. Dough was carefully molded into perfect round balls which produced a nice circular shape. Cookies had a tint darker brown, firm base, overall slightly dry texture.

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3rd batch of cookies at 165 degrees C for 15 mins and 170 degrees C for 2 mins. Was the most desirable batch. However, cookie crust can afford to be a little crunchier.

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Who looks more greedy? Celeste waiting for the cookies by the oven or Moi with the 'giganormous' cookies tray?

Half way through our baking session, my uncle and aunties dropped by unexpectedly for a visit. They instantly became our guinea pigs and provided valuable comments on improvements. Still they gave us a thumbs up for good taste and effort. Let's just say, the cookies were 'almost Mrs Fields'!

We thought of healthier replacements for some of the ingredients. Freshly squeezed orange juice to replace vanilla essence, reduced white sugar and dark chocolate. It's ironic - I've never had a sweet tooth. Our next Baking Day might be Rum & Raisins Cookies. I searched the alcohol cabinet but couldn't find any. I can already imagine raisins soaked in rum, bursting with rich alcohol flavour! Someone get me duty free rum!


  1. Eh? Number of chocolate chips seem to reduce after leaving the oven...


  2. Hmmm... when I'm free one day, I'll teach u both how to bake peanut cookies, it's alot more difficult which requires kneading of the dough instead of stirring the mixture.

    - Wen

  3. I'm not a fan of peanut leh... but I dun mind to learn. While my aunt was around the other day, we all talked about Paranakan cooking. Which spurred Celeste and I thinking about putting together a Nonya fest! Everyone cooks a dish!

  4. WHOA!!!! PERANAKAN!!!! I LUUUUUUUUUUUURVE... *salivating* but i dunno many dishes except for buah keluak.

    Last bridging exam tomorrow, pls pray for me ya!

    - Wen


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