My husband has a soft spot....for kids...and cookies.
He recently had an opportunity to build a wheelchair ramp for a neighbor that was struck suddenly with a paralyzing stroke. While he was building the ramp, he built a relationship with their adopted grandkids, who live with them.
The youngest boy absolutely fell in love with him and became his constant shadow. He wanted to talk like him, look like him, and build things like him.
Then he found out that they might be moving.
What's your favorite cookie? he asked the kids.
He invited them over to make chocolate chip cookies, not just eat them.
He read the recipe and got all the ingredients.
(look for the recipe links at end of this post)
Notice the oldest is testing out the cookie scoop
while the youngest is playing with a helicopter...
He made SURE he kid got a turn in putting in the ingredients and turning on the machine...
I didn't get a picture of them scooping out the cookie dough...I was helping!
While the cookies were baking, he played games with each one of them.
One of the girls found JENGA and they all wanted to play...
The cookies were done by this time, but they still wanted to keep playing!
Which was good, because I cool the cookies on the sheets.
I love these cookies. They are tender, soft and moist....
The youngest discovered the bowling set, which has balls inside the pins, making a loud 'bowling ball' sound when knocked down. It's pretty loud....and pretty fun to play!
The other girl found our calendar of magnetic Tangrams...she is responding to my husband's challenge to make a square from all the shapes.
Here they all are...enjoying DUNKING their cookies. Every single one of them!
I couldn't bear to watch. The dunking part.
I got my own cookie.
And ate it all...with a glass of milk afterwards!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted From Better Homes & Gardens
INGREDIENTS½ c. shortening
½ c. butter or margarine
1 c. packed brown sugar
½ c. sugar
1 t. vanilla
2 ¾ c. all purpose flour
1 t. baking soda
½ t. salt
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
In electric mixer, beat butter and shortening till well combined.
Add sugars and beat till fluffy.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Add flour, soda and salt, mixing thoroughly.
Stir in chocolate pieces and nuts.
Drop from 2T. cookie scoop onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake in 375° oven for 10-12 minutes, until tops are dry and golden.
Do not remove from cookie sheets until cookies are set and cool.
Makes 40 cookies.
Instead of white chocolate chips, add in your favorite milk or semi-sweet chocolate chip, Andes Mint chips, or toffee chips.
Instead of macadamia nuts, substitute walnut, pecan or hazelnuts.
Smaller cookies (bite sized) will take only about 8-9 minutes to cook.
Cookie Bars: Press dough into ungreased 15x10x1” baking pan. Bake at 375° oven for 15-20 minutes. Cool, cut into bars.