Last week I saw an Instagram post for earl grey chocolate chip cookies which linked to this blog. They sound so good and I really wanted to make them but as you might know, I hate following recipes. It takes the fun out of cooking and baking for me. I know, I know, you can’t just estimate with baking, but I do anyway and many times it works out. Maybe just not exactly as I imagined it to, but that’s also the fun part! Anyway, I looked at a bunch of recipes and felt like I had the gist of it so I began to explore. I used:
1 tea bag of earl grey tea
1 cup of whole wheat white self-rising flower (MISTAKE, should have used regular flower)
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp of baking soda (MISTAKE! the flower was self rising)
3/4 cup of dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup of safflower oil (MISTAKE – butter was the way to go)
1 tsp salt
a dash of sea salt on each cookie
As always, I tried the batter and it tasted AMAZING so what could possibly go wrong right? WRONG.
They turned out way too fluffy, almost like muffins, but the fluffiness took away from the taste. Dunked in tea they were alright but honestly, not very good.
Things I would do differently the second time: use butter, not use baking soda, use white flower, use 2 tea bags of earl grey or loose leaf tea, warm up the milk, butter instead of oil.
If any of you have tips on how to make thin, crunchy cookies let me know! That’s what I was going for.
I also wanted to explain why I am blogging a recipe that didn’t turn out so well. I think it’s important to showcase our failures just as much as our successes. We are constantly bombarded with beautiful, perfect pictures and recipes that make it seem like everything is so easy and wonderful. But sometimes, cooking and baking can be a fun learning process that doesn’t end up turning out perfectly. I am not a food blogger, I just like to blog about and experiment with food. It’s a game for me. But I am also aware of how easy it is to photoshop a picture so it looks a lot tastier than in real life, and I’ve tried a few recipes from other blogs that look and sound amazing but don’t necessarily work out so well. So I think it’s ok to still post recipes that are not successful, because you can learn just as much or more. I am going to try these cookies again, maybe with lavender tea, and maybe post the recipe up here if they taste really good. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!