We headed into the City again yesterday. My children love going to the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. We go for a long walk (me...walking... the kids ...on their scooters) and we walk along the Viaduct and admire the yachts, and then head back to the silos and have a picnic that I have packed or sometimes stop at a cafe for a treat.
We decided to check out the new little ( the emphasis on little) cookie and milk bar in Wellesley Street called Moustache. Based on the old fashionedconcept of dunking your cookies in milk and then getting a milk moustache after. My children thought this was highly amusing. With 3 seats at the counter an 2 outside and a menu of coffee, milkshakes, dunking milk and cookie galore, we ordered our cookies and proceeded to get our mo's. After alot of gigglingwe ended up with passable mo's, although I must admit with skim milk it's alot harder to get moustaches the like the good old days!
This inspired my kids to do some baking in the afternoon and create their own cookie and milk bar for their dad. This was the result. I have tried alot of cookie recipes and this is by far the best, given to me by my good friend Fran.
Choc Chip Cookies
125 g Butter (at room temp)
1/2 Cup Soft brown sugar
1/2 Cup Castor sugar
1/2 Tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 Cups Self raising flour
1 Cup choc chips (you can replace with white chocolate if you want)
1. Cream together butter and sugars until pale
2. Add vanilla and egg and beat well
3. Add flour and mix to a soft dough
4. Add the choc chips and mix through, although don't over mix
5. Place round spoonfuls of mixture onto lined baking trays ( I had run out so I used foil instead)
Bake at 190 for 8-20 min, watching them carefully as it wont take long for them to go very dark, you are aiming for a light golden colour, cool on a wire rack.
And then dunk away!!