Earl Grey Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ Cookies Chocolate Chip Sabor Chá Earl Grey

Photo by Priscillakittycat, Recipe by DesignLoveFest blog

When you were a kid, who was your favorite Sesame Street character?  Hands down mine was Cookie Monster.  He’s a friendly cookie lover who eats like a Gremlin.  “Me like cookie”.  I love the way he stuffs his big fluffy hands in his mouth.  Sometimes I feel like him.  Except I think Cookie Monster eats because he really loves cookies.  Lately I’ve been doing the stress eating thing where I mindlessly pick up cookie after cookie and pace around the kitchen.  This is nothing to brag about but I had 5 of these Earl Gray Chocolate Chip cookies in a row this morning…and another 5 this afternoon.  Thinking about a few more after dinner.  If you want to watch something funny, watch this YouTube video where Cookie Monster explains what the word “important” means.  Cookie Monster:  It’s Important

On a related note, the CEO of Sesame Street Workshop was a guest lecturer for the Distinguished Leader Lecture Series at our school.  In his lecture, Mr. Dunn discussed the global outreach efforts of Sesame Street and what the company is doing to educate children abroad and help them” grow smarter, stronger and kinder”.  This is a beautiful mission.  I am thankful our parents let us watch plenty of Sesame Street on TV.  There you go!-watching TV is good for something.

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon loose leaf earl grey tea
2 tablespoons milk, hot
2 ¼ cups flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of cardamom
pinch of nutmeg
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
⅔ cup bittersweet chocolate chips

Using a tea strainer, steep 1 teaspoon of the earl grey in a small mug of the hot milk for 15 minutes. While the milk is steeping, grind the remaining tablespoon of tea in a clean coffee grinder or blender until powdered. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, ground tea, salt, cardamom, and nutmeg until combined. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and the milk and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Gradually add the flour, mixing until a smooth dough forms. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Scoop out a heaping tablespoon of the dough and place it on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches of space around each ball of dough, until the baking sheet is full. Place the sheet in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes before placing cookies on a wire rack to cool completely.

Pensei em perguntar para os seguidores do blog qual era o seu personagem favorito do programa para crianças, Sesame Street, mas depois lembrei que no Brasil (na minha época) o Sesame Street não existia.  Que pena porque aquilo era tudo de bom. No programa tem um personagem chamado “Cookie Monster”.  Adoro o jeito dele e a forma em que ele pega um monte de cookies de uma vez e enfia a mão enteira na boca.  A vida de um Cookie Monster é muito divertida.

Ultimamente esta monstrinha que gosta de cozinhar (e comer) tem feito muitos doces.  Depois de comer tantos cookies ela apaga no sofá e entra em coma.  Os Americanos dizem:  “Food Coma”  Muito bom, mesmo.  Olha este video onde o Cookie Monster ensina para as crianças o significado da palavra, “important”.  Cookie Monster:  It’s Important

1 colher de sopa e uma colher de chá do chá em folhas (earl gray)
2 colheres de sopa de leite quente
2 1/4 copos de farinha de trigo
1/2 colher de chá pó royal
1/2 colher de chá de sal
uma pitada de cardamomo
uma pitada de noz moscada
1/2 copo de manteiga sem sal, amolecida
3/4 açucar refinado
1/2 copo e mais 2 colheres de sopa de açucar mascavo clara
1 ovo
1/2 colher de chá de extrato de baunilha
2/3 copo de chocolate meio amargo (chips)

Utilize um coador de chá para coar 1 colher de sopa do chá numa xícara pequena de leite quente durante 15 minutos.  Enquanto faz o chá com leite, moa o restante das folhas de chá num moedor de café ou numa liquificadora até obter um pó.

Aqueça o forno (400F).  Numa tigela misture a farinha, o pó royal, chá moido, cardamomo e a noz moscada.  Reserve.

Em uma tigela separada, bata o açucar com a manteiga até ficar com a textura lisa.  Adicione o ovo, a baunilha e o leite e misture até incorporar.  Acrescente a farinha pouco a pouco e misture até formar uma massa lisa.  Adicione o chocolate.

Cubra uma assadeira de cookies com papel pergaminho.  Use uma colher de chá para juntar um bolo de massa e coloque a massa na assadeira, deixando pelo menos duas polegadas entre cada cookie.  Leve ao forno durante 10-12 minutos.  Remova a assadeira do forno e deixe os cookies esfriarem na assadeira por 10 minutos.




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