Tuesday 28 January 2014

'Famous Amos' Almond and Chocolate Chip Cookie 杏仁巧克力饼干 (中英食谱教程)

The first day of the Lunar New Year will arrive in four days time. This year I have very little time to bake up a storm of chinese new year goodies like I did last year as my new dry kitchen has just completed renovation last week. I have wanted to make the all time favourite melt-in-the-mouth pineapple tarts but I do not have much time. I have chosen a simple cookie recipe to bake for my family. This cookie is a Famous Amos copycat. 

Who doesn't love a Famous Amos cookie? The aroma of the freshly baked cookies is so irresistible that I will always turn to take a look at the small round cookies whenever I walk past their stores. It has been my favourite cookie since childhood. In my younger days, I patronized often at their store located in Specialist Shopping Centre (this building had since been demolished and replaced by 313 Somerset building) as it was walking distance from my home then.   

As we grow older, we tends to be more health conscious and avoid taking too sweet stuffs. The store bought cookies are way too sweet for me now and I am glad that I can replicate it at home. Here's the recipe which a friend has shared with me some time ago but I have reduced the amount of sugar used. Hope you will like it and bake it for your teatime to go along with your cup of tea or coffee.

'Famous Amos' Almond and Chocolate Chip Cookie

Ingredients : (makes about 65 cookies)
150g unsalted butter, softened (butter must not be too soft, it is ready for use when you can make a slight impression with your finger 
100g castor sugar
40g brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt 

1 egg (about 50g)
1 tsp pure vanilla paste

220g plain flour 
1/2 tsp baking soda 

150g Hershey's mini chocolate chips
100g almond chips   

150克 牛油, 室温软化 (奶油不能回溫到太軟, 用手指按压有微微的痕迹就可以了) 
100克 细砂糖
40克 黑糖
1/2小匙 盐

1粒蛋 (50克)
1小匙 纯香草糊

220克 中筋面粉

150克 Hershey's 巧克力粒豆
100克 杏仁

Method 做法:
1. Roast the almond chips in the oven, using 150 degrees celcius (traditional function for brandt oven) for about 12 mins until slightly brown.)
1)  杏仁粒放进烘炉,以150度上下火烤约12分钟。

2. Mix ingredients A using an electric mixer until fluffy before adding ingredients B in gradually and mix well. (I use KitchenAid speed 3 then reduce to speed 2 when adding in ingredient B)

3. Sift ingredients C, use a spatula to fold it into the mixture till combined. 

4. Add in ingredients D.

5. Use 2 teaspoons to scoop a small amount of dough onto the baking tray laid with baking paper. Space out evenly.

6. Bake in preheated oven at 150 degrees top/bottom heat with fan (traditional pulsed function for brandt oven) for 12~15 mins.  

Photos are personally taken by baking taitai with an iphone, sometimes with just one hand while working with the other. 

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Unknown said...

hi, my oven don't have fan mode. how should I adj the temp?

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Grace, you can increase the temperature by 10 to 20 degrees.

Unknown said...

Hi, if i don't like almond can i just skip the almond part? Do i have to do any changes to the recipe? :)

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Yann Yun, sure you can skip the almond, increase the chocolate chips or add raisins, cranberry, etc.. No changes to the cookie dough.

Buttercreem said...

Hi Cheryl, i recall that the recipe was using cake flour, right? Thanks

Baking Taitai said...

Hi Buttercreem, yes it was but I have changed it to plain flour for better result. The original recipe is given by a friend, it yields nice cookies but I personally feel that there is room for improvement. Will continue to experiment until I get as close to the real famous amos cookies. Hope to achieve success just as I did with the soft and chewy Subway cookies recently.

soyjoyce said...

Hi, would like to know if i can substitute baking soda with baking powder? Also, if i have self raising flour does it work as well? thanks!

Baking Taitai said...

Hi soyjoyce, sorry for the late reply as I just return from overseas after a month's vacation. You can't substitute baking soda with baking powder as they are totally different ingredient. Self-raising flour is a combination of plain flour and baking powder so it won't work either.

Mei Pan said...

hi, can i replace vanilla paste with vanilla essense?

Baking Taitai said...

Hi, I would not advise replacing with vanilla essense as it is manufactured using chemicals, artificial colouring and flavouring, no vanilla at all! Best replacement is pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean pod.