Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Recipe: Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies + Variations!

This is my go-to recipe for some delicious cookies! My family always requests me to bake some every now and then. The original recipe was one from Mrs. Field's Cookbook but I tweaked it a bit. What's great is that you can make variations simply by adding different flavouring to it. I'll give some of my best variations at the end of the post, but this one using Ovaltine is my classic! I wouldn't have discovered this recipe if it wasn't for a dear undergrad housemate... you know who you are. ;)


Malted Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings:
~ 2-3 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup Ovaltine powder (malted chocolate drink powder)
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
- 1 cup salted butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons condensed milk
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (you can adjust this amount if you want more or less)

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, Ovaltine powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix well and set aside. 
3. In a big bowl, mix the white and brown sugar together.
4. Slightly melt the butter in a bowl using the microwave. Add the butter to the big bowl and mix.
5. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, and condensed milk to the big bowl. Mix well until the mixture is light and fluffy.
6. Add the flour mixture and the chocolate chips to the big bowl and mix at low speeds until just combined. Don't overmix. 
7. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a baking sheet about 1.5 inches apart. 
8. Bake for 24-25 minutes. 
9. Transfer cookies immediately onto a cool surface. 

I kind of want to bake these again now. 

Here are some variations!


- Add 1 tablespoon matcha powder, cut down 1/4 cup of the Ovaltine powder, cut out the chocolate chips, and sprinkle some icing sugar to make green tea cookies (pictured above :D). 
- Use white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts to make white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.
- Instead of using Ovaltine powder, use Horlick powder (malted vanilla drink powder) to make vanilla cookies.
- Instead of chocolate chips, you can add cranberries or raisins to add some fruity taste.
- Make triple chocolate cookies by using 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup Ovaltine powder, and different kinds of chocolate chips. 

Enjoy those cookies! If you do make variations, snap me a picture! 

Until next time, Des

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Best of 2015 (Part 3: Fashion)

Only four more days till the end of 2015! Let's wrap up the year and this series with my bests in fashion!


Tank- These camis from RW&Co are so versatile. I can wear it under a blazer to dress up a work outfit or dress it down for a casual day out. The fit is very flattering and the V-neck is perfect since it's not too low cut. These camis are reversible so it's like having four different ones. I do have to give credit to my friend Fion for telling me about them!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Best of 2015 (Part 2: Beauty & Skincare)

Hello again! I hoped you enjoyed Part 1 of the list with the Bests of 2015. Today's post is Part 2, with my bests in beauty and skincare! I thought I would be able to fit fashion favourites into this post as well but I'll save that for Part 3 instead. :)

Beauty

Concealer - I use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in the shade Sand to help cover my under-eye circles and any spots. It has great coverage and it's easy to blend. The shade matches my skin tone very well. This can be purchased at the drugstore, so it's great quality at a great price. 


Monday, December 14, 2015

Best of 2015 (Part 1: Random & Food)

It's time to reflect on all the good things in 2015! Here is the list of all the different things that I loved this year. The list is separated into several categories: random, food, beauty, skincare, and fashion.

Today's post is for all the random things that don't really fit into a specific category and also things related to food!

Random

Talent - Jessica is one of my childhood friends who is slowly but surely making her debut as a singer and songwriter. She has recorded several original songs (now featured on her Soundcloud) and has participated in multiple shows and competitions. Her next show will be at Mod Club (Toronto) on January 16, and ticket details will be posted on her Facebook page. What I love about her music is the beautiful mix of indie, pop, jazz, and R&B vibes all together. I can't stop listening! I'm honoured to have such a talented friend, and I know she's going to be great. You can also follow her on Instagram.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Caryl Baker Celestial Holiday Look

I still can't believe that Christmas is just around the corner! Holiday parties to celebrate the season and the year are happening now, so this would be a wonderful makeup look for those festive occasions! I like to keep my makeup simple so this look is very easy to replicate.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

OOTD: Our Go-To Sweater Look

Winter is basically here, but it hasn't gotten too cold yet. Regardless, I have already busted out all my knitwear... scarves, hats, gloves, and sweaters of course (#sweaterweather)!

I had a lot of fun doing this shoot with two of my dearest friends, Tiffany and Christine. We each dressed in our go-to sweater look, and you'll find that we all have very similar taste. ;) This shoot wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for our amazing photographer, Clarence Pong. You can find more of his photos in his Instagram portfolio @thebabylens. Follow him here!


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Christmas Gift Guide 2015

I am not one of those last-minute shoppers for Christmas gift... in fact, I'm very much the opposite. Sometimes I'd find something and purchase it two months before Christmas even rolls around. I like to make sure that I'm not rushed into getting something random and that there's a big selection of items in store.

Here are some things that I found and believe are great gifts for an assortment of people!