Happy New Year, dear readers! 2017 flew by and now when I look back, I can’t help but be grateful for all the wonderful things that happened. It was a great year for me professionally. I’m excited to share that 2017 brought us two awards- CondeNast Traveller’s “Social Media Star of the Year” and Better Homes and Garden’s “Best Dessert Blog”.
I want to thank you all for making that possible. It’s your unconditional support and appreciation that keeps me going and pushes me to do better work. I hope 2018 is even better for all of us. Like every year and everyone, there are a few things that I’ve decided to work on. Hopefully, unlike every year, I’ll be able to make it happen.
I want to definitely manage my time better. This year I completed my graduation from Hindu College, Delhi University and started blogging full time. While I was in college, the pressure of studies and blogging helped me make sure I don’t waste any time. Now, since I am my own boss, I end up pushing things and wasting a lot of time. In 2018, I want to make better use of my time, be more productive and organized.
I also want to travel more and experience desserts from as many parts of the world as I can. 2017 was incredible on the travel front. I traveled to nine countries in seven months. I also introduced the Travel With Shivesh section on the blog. I hope 2018 brings with it travel opportunities that take me around the world.
Another thing that I want to make sure I do this year as well is to keep baking! You know I love baking, styling and shooting desserts and then sharing the recipes here. 2018 is going to be about doing what I love- baking, travelling and spending time with my family and friends. The first recipe I’m posting here today is that of these double chocolate cookies. I don’t have to tell you how good these are. All I’m gonig to say is that they’re loaded with chocolate. Let’s get started
- 1/2 cup salted butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 1 egg, at room temperature
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1 Tbsp corn flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- sea salt, to sprinkle
- Using an electric mixer, beat butter until it is fluffy
- Add the brown sugar and beat it with the butter.
- Beat in the egg. Add vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, corn starch.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix until blended.
- Add chocolate chips. Using a spatula or a whisk, carefully mix them into the batter
- Scoop out your dough into balls of equal sizes on a baking tray lined with baking sheet. Press them lightly with your fingers
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Pre heat your oven to 170C
- Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the edges become golden brown.
- After taking them out of the oven, sprinkle with sea salt and let them rest on the baking tray for at least 10 minutes.