Bookish Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I'm bringing you a brand new bookish recipe, inspired by the lovely book Moonlight over Manhattan by Sarah Morgan. In this fun love story, we meet Harriet Knight, who apparently bakes the best chocolate chip cookies. Reading about her adventures, I couldn't stop thinking about her cookies, as everyone in the story loved them. So I decided to try my hand at baking my own cookies.

After a bit of research on the Internet, I found a very interesting article in Buzzfeed, in which they compare famous recipes so I picked the winning recipe and they were a roaring success. Best cookies I've ever backed! Thanks Harriet for the inspiration! 


- 2 1/3 cups plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 5 ounces 55 percent chocolate, cut into chip-sized pieces (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 5 ounces 70 to 72 percent chocolate, cut into chip-sized pieces (about 1 1/4 cups)
- 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 cup packed dark brown sugar, preferably molasses sugar
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs


1) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2) Sift the flour and baking soda into a medium bowl. Stir in the salt.
3) In the bowl, beat half the butter on medium speed until fairly smooth. Add both sugars and the remaining butter, and beat until well combined, then beat for a few minutes, until the mixture is light and creamy. 
4) Add the eggs one at a time, beating until the first one is incorporated before adding the next and scraping the bowl as necessary. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed to combine. Mix in the chocolate.
5) Shape dough into balls. Arrange cookies on the pans, leaving about two inches between them, because the dough will spread.
6) Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the tops are no longer shiny, switching the position and rotating pans halfway through baking.
7) Cool cookies on the pans on cooling racks for about two minutes to firm them up a bit, then transfer to the racks to cool completely. 

About the book: 

Moonlight over Manhattan is a very magical and wintery story and one I enjoyed immensely. Perfect to escape for a few hours and forget about everything else. Even better with a hot chocolate and something sweet to go with, like a chocolate chip cookie or two?

Title: Moonlinght over Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love #6)
Author: Sarah Morgan
Published: October 5th 2017 by HQ

Blurb: She'll risk everything for her own Christmas miracle… 

Determined to conquer a lifetime of shyness, Harriet Knight challenges herself to do one thing a day in December that scares her, including celebrating Christmas without her family. But when dog walker Harriet meets her newest client, exuberant spaniel Madi, she adds an extra challenge to her list—dealing with Madi's temporary dog sitter, gruff doctor Ethan Black, and their very unexpected chemistry. 

Ethan thought he was used to chaos, until he met Madi—how can one tiny dog cause such mayhem? To Ethan, the solution is simple—he will pay Harriet to share his New York apartment and provide twenty-four-hour care. But there's nothing simple about how Harriet makes him feel. 

Ethan's kisses make Harriet shine brighter than the stars over moonlit Manhattan. But when his dog-sitting duties are over and Harriet returns to her own home, will she dare to take the biggest challenge of all—letting Ethan know he has her heart for life, not just for Christmas? 

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