Chocolate Chip Cookies Spell Love
I love chocolate chips cookies and I’ve created chocolate chip cookie recipes many ways by adding bananas to make banana chocolate chip cookies, walnut chocolate chip cookies, double chocolate chip cookies because the variations of making cookies is endless.
Forget about buying cookies in bags at the grocery store or from the bakery department as it’s cheaper to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch then it is to buy them pre-made for you.
Once you understand the basic chocolate chip cookie recipe you can create recipes for homemade chocolate chip cookies and add all sorts of ingredients to jazz the cookie up so you aren’t always having just chocolate chip.
I’m no pastry chef but if you know me you know I fancy cookies and brownies because they are dead easy to make. It’s also and a great way to involve the kids in the kitchen to teach them a lesson or two that they may teach to their own kids one day.
Baking with kids
Since we don’t have any kids my best friend came round with his daughter and we (well I) asked her if she had every baked before and she had told me no so I offered to teach her how to make my famous chocolate chip cookie recipe, if she was interested of course.
It didn’t take too long to see that beautiful big smile on her face and her eyes light up because she was extremely excited to get started.
I had all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies ready to go when she came over and although I didn’t have a tiny apron for her I did her it’s a great idea to shop around the dollar store because I believe they carry them unless you are handy with the sewing machine and can make one.
The first thing I did was I went over the recipe with her and explained all the ingredients to her. I gave her the choice of semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips and she chose the milk chocolate. (we even added extras sh……)
I had her stand beside me while I measured up the ingredients all the while explaining the measurements and then handing them to her as I went along so she could put them in the kitchen-aid stand mixer. She was a bit scared of the mixer at first but she quickly realized it wasn’t going to explode in her face.
She was anxious more than anything to crack the eggs because she kept picking them up. I thought to myself, how am I going to teach her how to crack an egg since she was ready to go with it in her hand.
I’ll be honest and say I was a bit nervous but we did it and although she was nervous I think the next time she picks up an egg it won’t be as difficult of a task for her as the first time she cracked an egg with me.
Messy in the kitchen
Teaching kids it’s ok to make a mess when cooking or baking is OK and that we do make mistakes and that you might screw up cracking the egg is smart to do because it gets them over that anxiety that they can’t do something.
If we can motivate the kids to at least try to do something they may then realize it wasn’t so bad after all. Once the cookie batter was mixed up and she poured all the chocolate chips in the mixer I removed the stainless steel bowl and brought it close to the oven where I had the baking sheets.
I looked at her and said to her,”now you’ve learned how to make homemade chocolate chip cookie dough” and she smiled at me. Time to scoop and bake, I said.
I lined the baking sheets with silpats which I explained to her so she knew what they were and why I was using them. She is a brilliant young girl for her age and it’s nice to hear when children repeat what you say or question what you do because it shows me that she is paying attention and she does want to learn.
She asked me if we could make a cookie as big as my house and I told her that we would need lots more cookie batter to do that lol.
I gave her the spoon and since she is left-handed she struggled a bit to get the batter out of the bowl but eventually she found her rhythm and the cookies got bigger and bigger lol.
I did my best to make them the same size after she dropped them on the tray. I explained to her that when you drop the cookies on the baking sheet it’s important to make sure they are uniform in size so they bake evenly.
I asked her if she liked a soft chocolate chip cookie or a crunchy chocolate chip cookie and she told me soft so I decided to call these dark alley soft chocolate chip cookies.
The name seemed fitting because they are loaded with milk chocolate chips, they are very soft and they are the type of cookie you want to sneak off and eat while hiding with a big cup of milk so no one will see you.
These cookies are so sinful you will want to hide in an alley to eat them so no one else can scoop them up.
Of course you won’t have to eat them in an alley but feel free to hide in the closet, in the far corner of the basement, the cold room, the front porch, the spare bedroom or even lock yourself in the bathroom if you have to so no one can find you to see what you are really up to.
These chocolate chip cookies are meant to appeal to anyone who has a chocolate craving and wants to sit back, relax and just enjoy each morsel. If you want to share the love you can easily put all the dry ingredients in layers into a jar to create a chocolate chip cookies in a jar gift for a friend and attach the recipe which is a great way to say thanks, or I love you, I miss you, thanks for being such a great friend etc.
Sometimes it’s the little things that count that make people smile.
She told me now that she knows how to bake chocolate chip cookies she can now make them for her dad who apparently could use a few cooking lessons himself according to his daughter. It was a great experience for me as it was the first time I’ve baked with a child and I learned that if you want a child grow you have to take time to teach them.
There are kids out there that crave this education because they want people to take an interest in them and show them how to do grown up things that they essentially can’t do on their own yet.
I’m sure this little girl will remember her first cookie baking experience with me and I also hope that one day she can go on to teach someone else the art of baking cookies in the kitchen.
Do you bake with your children?
Chocolate Chips Cookies Recipe
Yield: 2 dozen chocolate chip cookies
Oven: 350 degrees Pre-heat
- 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup of softened butter
- 2 large eggs
- 2 1/2 cups of milk chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
How to make chocolate chip cookies
- In your stand mixer add in your flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking powder and salt then mix in your butter, eggs and vanilla
- Add in your chocolate chips and mix until the batter is combined and stiff
- Use a scoop or 2 spoons to drop cookies uniform in size onto a baking sheet lined with parchment, silpats or sprayed with non-stick spray
- Bake chocolate chip cookies in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees for about 7-8 minutes (do not let them brown too much)
- Pull from the oven and transfer after 1 minute to a cooling rack so the cookies stop baking on the baking sheet
I hope you enjoy this easy chocolate chip recipe.
Discussion: What are your favourite types of cookies?