What a mouthful this cookie is.
This post was originally meant to be titled "The CCC Quest: Episode 3" (for it kind of is the third part of my ongoing chocolate chip cookie quest) but look at this. It's got so much going on, it's not quite a chocolate chip cookie anymore. Toasted cornflakes? Mini marshmallows? I almost feel like a kid again.
I've actually been meaning to make 'cornflake cookies' for a while. I had bought the fun pack with cornflakes, frosties (which I just realised were cornflakes with a sugar coating) and coco pops - you know, the stuff we used to bring to school and munch on at recess? Definitely not the healthier choice, but they sure were delicious.
This recipe was adapted from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. Some of the things in that book are simply outrageous - in a good way. Like these, and of course, cereal milk. I'm quite curious as to whether the trend will take off in Singapore. There are already a number of places starting to serve cereal-milky stuff, and one with a milk bar - I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I have yet to visit any of these places, but I do hope they have a variation of that cereal milk soft serve from momofuku, it looks amazing. But of course, I'm sure that there's nothing like the real thing. To visit New York City one day is the dream.
Speaking of momofuku and all, Thursday is my new favourite day of the week because that's when the new Masterchef episode comes out on youtube!!!! As well as the new episode of Suits ^_^ I don't follow many tv shows, mostly because I don't like having to "catch up" with numerous seasons to get up to date so I try to start on shows with one, maybe two seasons or less. I do want to watch a number of older shows such as House/TBBT, but the sheer number of seasons there are just puts me off. Anyway, it's hard for me to maintain my concentration for extended periods of time while watching tv shows - unless the show is absolutely compelling. As of now, I'm following Masterchef (US Season 6), Suits (been watching it since grade 11!), How To Get Away With Murder and Fresh Off The Boat. I love it when it's time for a new season for my shows as it gives me something to look forward to every week.
I guess the one thing I like about reality tv shows is that you can just start watching it from any season, and with each new season there's fresh blood. But it does get boring after a while - think American Idol. Masterchef has (somewhat) managed to switch things up with Christina as a new judge, but I'm not quite sure if I like the change - sometimes it feels like she's trying too hard to make her presence felt. Maybe she should stick to creating fantastic recipes... Like this one.
Cornflake Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies
adapted from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook
for the cornflake crunch:
✦ preheat oven to 135 degrees celsius. crush 110g of cornflakes/frosties in a large bowl, add 35g of melted butter and stir to combine. spread out on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes.
for the cookies (note, i halved the original recipe):
✦ 113g butter, softened
✦ 30g brown sugar
✦ 60g white sugar
✦ 0.5 tsp vanilla extract
✦ half an egg (crack an egg into a bowl, beat it, and use only half - this can be eyeballed)
✦ 120g all-purpose flour
✦ 0.5 tsp baking powder
✦ 0.25tsp baking soda
✦ 65g chocolate chips
✦ 65g mini marshmallows
✦ the aforementioned cornflake crunch
1. preheat your oven to 190 degrees celsius. whisk your dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and baking soda) together.
2. cream the butter and sugars on medium for 3 minutes. add the egg and vanilla extract, and cream on high for 7-8 minutes.
(the long creaming time is essential for creating 'bonds' between the butter and sugar, with the eggs as an 'insurance', used to strengthen these bonds.)
3. reduce the speed to low and add the dry ingredients. beat until mostly combined, you should still be able to see some streaks of flour.
4. dump the chocolate chips and marshmallows into the mixture, and fold them in with the remaining streaks of flour using a spatula.
5. scoop out tablespoon-sized pieces of dough and roll into the shape of a ball. then, roll the ball of dough in the cornflakes - try to coat the dough all around! press the tops down flat before sending them off to the oven!.
6. bake cookies for 18 minutes, the cookies should be a lovely golden-brown in the centre and you will see some cornflake pieces begin to caramelise. it's quite a delightful sight. let them cool completely before digging in, and this is extremely important as the cookies will be soft as they come out of the oven, but they will firm up as they cool - trust me on this!