XL Subway Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hey guys!

For those who don’t know me, I sell my baked goods as a part-time job. Since it’s vacation time, the orders are flowing in like crazy. Most recently, I made a batch of chocolate chip cookies to sell. My customer wanted chewy choco chip cookies and my inspiration was Subway.

Why?

They’re ginormous cookies laden with heaps of chocolate chips. A hot cookie can transport you to ecstasy in one bite alone. After a little tweaking and a lot of temperature experimentation, I found my perfect recipe.

XXL Subway Style Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes around 15 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, salted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp almond essence (optional)
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup  chocolate chips

Procedure

  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Keep stirring and let it brown. It takes an approx. of 6 minutes to do so. Take it off the burner and into a large bowl.
  2. Add the sugar and mix with the paddle attachment on an electric mixer. Keep aside.
  3. In another medium sized bowl, mix the flour and baking soda. Set aside.
  4. Once the butter cools, add the egg and beat it in. Add the vanilla and almond essence. Add the flour mixture and mix until it is combined. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. From here, you can go two ways.
    You can either chill the bowl for a minimum of 3 hours and scoop and bake, or you can freeze it for 30 minutes, scoop 1/4 cup size balls onto a lined cookie sheet and chill it covered in the fridge for a minimum of 3 hours.
  6. If you haven’t scooped and chilled the dough, take the dough out and let sit in room temperature for about 20 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 350°F or 176°C. Scoop 1/4 cup size balls and place of the sheet. They spread about 1/4″ while baking, so space them out accordingly.
  8. Bake them for 20 minutes. It’ll be soft, don’t worry about it being under-baked. Let them cool for 5 minutes before taking them off the pan.

Depression: Let’s Talk

322 million people.

5% of the population.

In India alone, more than 58 million people, that is, 1 in 20 people.

Why?

This World Health Day, WHO has taken up Depression as the theme. Why is depression such a big deal that we need to talk about it? It’s a medical condition and it can be treated, no big deal, right?

No.

Every year, 788,000 depressed people who haven’t been treated have taken their lives. Every 45 second, somebody dies due to depression. Depression has become the 10th biggest cause of death in India. Who’s responsible for this? Us. Every human on Earth who turns a blind eye to the sufferers are the reason the world is like this.

Anything can trigger depression. In fact, it’s very communicable. A depressed person can end up affecting those around him/her.

If you see anyone feeling low or having a very poor self-worth, give them the encouragement they need. Disturbed sleep and change in appetite along with fatigue, listlessness, short temper are a few of the symptoms. If they last for over 2 weeks, you need to get them professional help.

People with depression are often in denial. They won’t accept any external help. So, seek help for them, don’t wait for their consent. They will be mad at you, but it’s okay.

It is important to spread awareness about this because depression happens to be one of the the leading causes of human rights abuse in India. Affected people are locked up, tied to beds and kept isolated. This is because there is a lack of public knowledge on what to do.

Shock therapy used to be considered as a method to cure depression. Now, it has been banned for children and adults need to be administrated with anesthesia. Evidently, India is developing, but it is far from developed.

Urbanization is a root cause of depression. With the on set of new technology, people are drifting apart. There’s a lot of inactivity since city life doesn’t have a lot of physical exertion. Most employees have desk jobs and tax themselves mentally. The mental exertion and stress leads to depression.

Glued to our gadgets, we don’t communicate with our friends a lot. Everything is virtual. We lose touch with emotions and there’s a lack of empathy now. We forget how to show how we feel anymore. We hide behind the screens of our computers and mobile phones.

Depression is very common among students. Parents, teachers and even students themselves, don’t seem to realize how skewed our system is. Parental pressure into acing every exam, teachers dumping pointless homework and unrelated assignments onto students and students being influenced by peer pressure to become “cool”.

Start working on making the world a happier place, depression will fade away soon enough.