Often when your family consists of only one or two people, one might not bother to cook themselves a scrumptious dessert. It hardly seems worth the effort I suppose, and you can buy lots of yummy small sized yogurts and dessert pots in the shops today.
I like to think that I will always want to be making homemade desserts, no matter the size of my family. Nothing makes me happier than tucking into something warm and homemade and today my happy was found in this incredibly indulgent Deep Dish Chocolate Chip Cookie!
I suppose what makes a person happy is purely subjective. People find happiness in a myriad of ways. My happiness has always revolved around family and food!!
I can remember my mother telling me many years ago that I would one day long to go back to the years my children were all small and at home and under my wings. I could not imagine it then. I was so busy and run off my feet most days.
With five children, one who was developmentally challenge, and all being close together in age, I didn’t know if I was coming or going most days.
The day when there would be only me and possibly another person in my house just never resonated with me. I thought I would always be baking trays of cookies, only to have them inhaled as soon as they came out of the oven!
I could not comprehend an empty nest or an empty lap. I ever dreamed of baking cookies where most would be wasted or thrown out to the birds.
My quest this year has been to downsize as much as I can in the way of cooking or baking. I do occasionally make larger sized recipes but only when I know I will use the leftovers up well and/or be able to give them away.
Sometimes even half a recipe is too much for me/us. Recipes for one or two are ideal. And this one is decadently, gorgeousy delicious!
So dangerous that you might even want to share it rather than eat it all on your own.
Crispy edged and gooey centred. This is best eaten warm and I have a personal preference for vanilla ice cream with this, rather than anything else.
The recipe makes one perfect, deeply delicious, deep dish chocolate chip cookie dessert. Heavenly bliss. This is a dessert everyone dreams about!
I had some really fabulous Guittard chocolate chips in my cupboard. I only just discovered them. They are FABULOUS! I got them at Ocado, the online grocery shop.
Do you know, I have not set food in a grocery shop since the end of February? Its true. I’ll be honest I have not missed it either.
I’ve fortunately been able to get everything I need online in one way or another. I have a wonderful next door neighbour who has been brilliant! At first before I could get any grocery slots, she made sure we got what we needed.
I was also very fortunate that I belong to a church who believes in preparedness and self-reliance and so we had quite a few bits stored. Its just something we have done for a long time.
They used to recommend 2 years food storage, but now it is only 3 months. Even that can be somewhat daunting when you have a huge family, but not so bad when you are only two in number.
Eventually I was able to get an online slot and it has been pretty regular ever since. Once a week. I find that I actually spend less because I am not tempted to buy things that I see.
I tend to only buy what I need . . . well, except for these chocolate chips. They did tempt me and I bought them. I am happy (key word here) that I did!
They were fabulous in this cookie! FAB-U-LOUSS!!!
Just look at how rich and delicious that looks . . . that gooey, chocolatey gorgeousness. Mmmm . . .
I also chose to add some chopped toasted walnuts. I always toast my nuts for baking. Toasting makes nuts taste nuttier. A few minutes on a baking tray in a hot oven does the trick.
You don’t have to use walnuts. They are pretty old school. You could also use pecans, or even macadamia nuts. Oh my, I do love macadamia nuts.
I added some raisins to mine. When my children were growing up we always had raisins in our chocolate chip cookies. I like cookies with raisins in them, although I know not everyone does.
If you don’t like raisins, you could use dried cranberries or another dried fruit you enjoy. If large you will need to chop them into smaller pieces of course.
Or you can leave dried fruit out altogether. Its very much a personal choice.
Or you could use chopped candied ginger bits and white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Doesn’t that sound gorgeous? Mmmm . . .
White chocolate chips with some freshly grated orange zest. And then dried cranberries of course.
Or dried blueberries, white chocolate and lemon zest or flavouring. Oh my goodness! My brain is really kicking in now with delicious combinations!
I think the options and combinations are pretty endless. Oh, candied ginger and fudge bits or cinnamon chocolate chips. Somebody stop me now!
Don’t get me started on the kinds of ice cream that would go with each kind of cookie. Those possiblities are endless as well!!
Oh, can you imagine this at christmas with candy cane chocolate crackle ice cream??? I think I just drooled a bit. Oopsies.
Today it was just vanilla however. That’s what I had a vanilla goes perfectly well with this combination. I used a melon baller to make little tiny scoops.
The large end of a melon baller makes perfect sized scoops for something like this. You can add three scoops with confidence and know you are not doing any harm.
So what is it that makes you happy? Other than family and friends. We all need to lift each other up during this damn panic as Susan Branch calls it.
We all can use a bit of happy and light every now and then even if its only a deep dish chocolate chip cookie for one!!
- 2 TBS (40g) butter at room temperature
- 2 TBS packed soft light brown sugar
- 1 TBS granulated sugar
- 1 large free range egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp vanilla
- 1/3 cup (43g) plain flour
- 1/8 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 cup (45g) chocolate chips (or white chocolate chips if using cranberries)
- 2 TBS chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
- 1 TBS raisins, sultanas or dried cranberries
- vanilla ice cream to serve
- Preheat the oven to 180*C/350*F/gas mark 4. Butter an 8 ounce ramekin or oven proof mug really well. Set aside.
- Cream together the butter and both sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk and vanilla. Sift together the soda and flour. Stir this into the creamed mixture along with the salt. Stir in the chocolate chips, raisins/cranberries and toasted nuts.
- Spoon into the prepared ramekin.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 25 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the edges are set.
- Leave to cool for about 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
Did you make this recipe?
I just love my new cup and spoon. I got it from Scandanavian Pantry Shop. Its adorable I think. I am slowly trying to upgrade my photo props. This is just darling.
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