I often bake with the kids and we find it relaxing and fun to bake together.
Making cookies are pretty simple. If you don't normally keep baking supplies in the house you can easily use a mix (I do) and then doctor the mix up a little. You can even buy disposable baking sheets.
When you are baking cookies, spoon the dry ingredients into dry measuring cups (the nesting kind) and then level it off. Use the larger measuring cups for the liquid. Have the butter and eggs at room temp before cooking. (Just take them out of the fridge when making dinner and they will be ready at baking time).
Doctoring a mix is easy. I will add a few sprinkles of cinnamon and an extra dash of vanilla to any cookie recipe.
And lastly, pay attention about whether or not you are supposed to grease the cookie sheet.
So this weekend, take a few minutes and bake some cookies. Make them with your kids and enjoy the fun and conversation with them. Pull the cookies out of the oven and enjoy the smiles.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip (30 Cookies)
1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups quick oats
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (Or sub in 1/2 Cup M&M's)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Beat together butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs, milk and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Stir in oats, chocolate chips and nuts; mix well.
- Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
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