Gather Your Ingredients for this Sweet & Buttery Favorite, then Tune in Sunday!
One of our favorite guest chefs is back in the kitchen sharing his delicious talents with Crystal guests – this time, virtually. Chef Jon Ashton is featured in the new Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience with weekly episodes of Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton, which will broadcast via Facebook Live from the Crystal Cruises Facebook page beginning this Sunday, April 5. Kicking off the program – designed to bring travelers’ favorite elements of the Crystal Experience directly to their homes – Jon is treating viewers to his popular “cookie of the day” with recipe for Springtime Mini Egg Cookies, complete with buttery-chocolate-candy goodness and his pro tips for creating them.
The full recipe is included here, allowing you time to gather the ingredients. Get your shopping list together, then join us LIVE for expert tips and insights on baking cookies with Chef Jon Ashton on Crystal’s Facebook page on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. See you in the kitchen…
Springtime Mini Egg Cookies
By Chef Jon Ashton
1 1/3 cups butter, unsalted (2 sticks plus 6 tablespoons)
1 cups sugar
1 cups brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 cups All-purpose flour
1 packet bittersweet chocolate (10 ounces)
Garnish: 1 package Mini Cadbury Eggs
1. Working with a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, beat the butter and both sugars together on medium speed until soft and creamy. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated. Add in the salt and vanilla.
2. While butter and sugar are creaming, in a separate bowl, whisk baking soda into flour.
3. Turn off the mixer, add all the dry ingredients and pulse a few times to start the blending. Then, turn the mixer to low and beat until the dough comes together. Toss in the chocolate chips and slowly mix to incorporate.
4. Using a cookie scoop as a guide, portion out balls of dough on to a tray. Freeze the tray of dough for at least one to two hours. I usually make these the night before.
5. Place a rack in center of oven and preheat oven to 350 F with an empty cookie sheet pan in oven. The hot tray helps with the browning and stops cookie from spreading.
6. Once oven comes up to temperature, carefully remove hot baking tray and place a piece of parchment or a silicone mat on it. Remove the tray of cookies in your freezer and transfer the cookies to the hot tray, spacing them 1 1/2 inches apart.
7. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes rotating mid-baking.
8. Remove cookies. Add three Cadbury Mini Eggs to each cookie, slightly pressing them into dough.
Makes 36 cookies
Crystal’s new Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience program brings several elements of the renowned Crystal Experience directly to guests, wherever in the world they are. “Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton” represents the culinary excellence found aboard Crystal ships, as some of the greatest travel memories are created over the greatest meals.