Wednesday 15 May 2013

Pin it Forward UK and the 1-minute chocolate chip cookie (in a mug)

I'm assuming most of you know about Pinterest already? For those of you who don't, its this amazing platform for collecting and organising the things you love, or are interested in by "pinning" them. I first came across Pinterest on one of my random blog stats check where I saw a lot of traffic form the site. Suspicious and a bit worried really, I checked out the site and couldn't make head or tail of it at one look. Spent a couple of hours reading up and doing some research and I was hooked. Got myself an account and was soon spending hours on the site pinning the things I love. 
Now its become such a part of my research that I have this tendency to search for anything on Pinterest first, rather than Google. I mostly pin recipes, both from my blog and otherwise, and fabulous food photography from where I derive a lot of my inspiration from. Other than these boards, I totally love the DIY, fashion & beauty and home décor information and inspiration I find from all the fabulous pinners. The advantage here is that these pins are linked back to the original source and so you don't need to worry about stuff being copied. 

Pinterest has officially launched in UK and they had this fabulous party to celebrate that. We all got to meet fellow pinners and it was a fun night with loads of food and drinks. If you are already on Pinterest then do follow me here or if you aren't hooked on as yet, then register on Pinterest here. Just a warning, its frikking addictive, but you'd love, love, love it :)

I would also like to introduce two amazing fellow pinners and food bloggers, Michelle of Greedy Gourmet who has an amazing array of recipes, reviews and giveaways on her blog, not to mention her beautiful food photography, and Emma of Poires au Chocolat who completely got me hooked on her beautiful cakes and treats.
The recipe below is one I got from Pinterest. Its been pinned some 3000 odd times (yes, there is every reason to trust this recipe) and its as easy as it can get to make a cookie. When the whole mug cake recipe was a rage in the blog world, I didn't fall prey to it because, truth be told, I hate microwave cakes.  This happened out of desperation, on a day I was sugar starved and HAD to have a cookie, yes just one would have made me happy. As usual Pinterest came to my rescue and I had a chewy chocolate chip cookie in under a minute. In fact, if it wasnt for the egg yolk, I would have had the batter on its own :)

You will most certainly have all these ingredients in your pantry at any given time and so there is no excuse to not make it. So immediately after reading this, please do yourself a favour and check if it works, if not for the cookie craving (which usually for me is after mid night) :)

1-minute chocolate chip cookie (in a mug). Recipe adapted from here
Butter- 1 tbsp
Granulated white sugar- 1 tbsp
Dark brown sugar- 1 tbsp, firmly packed
Vanilla extract- 3 splashes
Salt- a pinch
Egg yolk- 1
Plain flour- 3 tbsp
Chocolate chips- 2 tbsp ( I used dark choc. chips)

Melt butter in the microwave, preferably in the same cup you are planning to make the cookie in (to make it mess free and simpler). The butter should not boil, it should be just melted.
Add the white and brown sugars, vanilla and salt and mix well to combine, using a spoon.
In goes the egg yolk. Mix it in properly till no traces of the yolk is seen.
Mix in the flour properly and then fold the chocolate chips.
Cook on high in the microwave for 40 seconds, or a maximum of 50 seconds.
Serve warm (maybe even with a dollop of ice cream).
Note: If you over cook it, the cookie starts drying and is awful (yes it has happened). So reduce cooking time if that happens to you
Like most cookies, this once will continue to cook as it cools.
Feel free to double it, in case your partner longingly looks at you gobbling it all up :)
I used a small espresso cup which was about 3/4th full. The dough rises a bit so make sure you dont fill it to the brim.
Feel free to use a ramekin, coffee cup or any small dish.

I was invited to be part of the Pin it Forward campaign by Pinterest, but was not compensated in any way for the same. All thoughts on Pinterest are my own.


Finla said...

Ok i am so gonna try this , now i just have to look for a nice looking cup though.

easyfoodsmith said...

Ooh! I love this quick fix cookie recipe for a cookie. this is like instant nirvana ;)

Laurel y Menta said...

qué gran idea, una recera rica y rápida, gracias


Akila said...

I heard of the Pinterest but not used that much... Will try surely.... Lively mug cake

Anonymous said...

Love this easy and quick recipe....I have a chocolate mug cake recipe that helps me with my midnight dessert this goes into that list... going to follow you on pinterest...i am also a addicted to pinterest
Shema | LifeScoops

divya said...

Wow, so beautiful & tempting.loved the presentation

Unknown said...

I am surprise with the beauty of chocolate recipe. I want to have a bite of chewy chocolate chip cookie and anxious to know further about Indian Recipes

Vineetha Sush said...

so next time when A ask for a cookies or a biscuit I will keep this in mind, sometimes he asks for such things all of a sudden and goes " I want it I want it " and I say its not a coffee shop ,u have to tell me in advance..he he..poor chap keeps quiet then :)

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

gosh, i had seen this exact same cookie in a cup recipe from that same site u've linked here while doing my usual pinterest browsing..Neat!!
Pinterest totally rocks and I must thank my ex-boss for hooking me on to it :-)

great-secret-of-life said...

I am going to try soon

Unknown said...

Can't wait to try this recipe, I love how simple it is :)

It's so interesting to learn that you now turn to Pinterest as your go-tool for discovery and search, even before Google!


Rafeeda AR said...

this is sooo good.... i've been eyeing this for sometime, but wasn't sure of the texture... so for one of those cravings, this is definitely in!!! lovely clicks as well...

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

I just made this and it was FABULOUS! So easy and absolutely delicious - totally hit the spot! Thanks.

Pari Vasisht said...

That's so cool. I must try this. Lovely clicks.
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Trialheadfoods said...

Your posts are simply fabulous and inspiring . Thanks for the inspiration!

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Unknown said...

No wonder this post so famous! can't believe that it could be done in a min, i'm neither the fan of microwave baking! but will try this. Oh i'm keeping myself far from pin interest, its inspiring and addictive, may be eventually i will end up there :) loved the pictures, specially scooped cookie!

Unknown said...

I found you on FB thru the Foodgawker link. Love the pictures of this cookie.. I have yet to try a microwaved cake/cookie, I probably will this long weekend coming up. Can't wait. :-)

My name is Nisha too, from the NYC area. Loved reading about you. London is awesome. :)

Unknown said...

haha.. yes, if you're gong to eat cake, eat the real thing, but unfortunately someone like me LOVES desserts and I want some every night. Not good. I am always looking for swap-outs that taste close to the real thing. This looks divine!

Unknown said...

Just made this, turned out soooooooooo good. Thank you! Will post. :)

Unknown said...

just made one of these
got to say was very easy
and tasted fantastic

thanks Neil

Unknown said...

My girlfriend turned me on to this incredible recipe. What an absolutely wonderful activity for myself and my children to enjoy, together, as a family. It's so simple that a 10yr old, 9yr old and a 7yr old can carry out said recipe, from start to finish, almost entirely on their own.

Thanks for such a lovely idea.

PS. -the end result is outstanding. I couldn't have asked for a better tasting cookie in a cup, from a MICROWAVE of all things!!

Sincerely, Nicole O., Mother of three.

Unknown said...

Nice recipe- came out quite cake like but that could have just been my microwave.

Unknown said...

This is THE ABSOLUTE BEST IDEA for lazy people like me that want INSTANTANEOUS cookies!!! thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much!
Natalia Hernández

Unknown said...

How the heck is this low carb?

My Kitchen Antics said...

I dont know where you read this is low carb mary esther.. havent claimed so anywhere on the post.