Jake and I have this thing, when we have time in the morning he helps me make pancakes. I don’t have a recipe for pancakes, I am a huge fan of just add water, I also am not really a fan of measuring things out. I suppose because I like to make 8 pancakes in the morning not 6 or 10-12 or whatever that measuring business works out to be. Anyway, Jake helps me make pancakes…sometimes. He also has helped me make bread but that is slow and boring with all the time it takes to raise and blah blah blah. Anyway, we do a bit of cooking.
The other day I say to him. “Hey, let’s make some cookies tomorrow.” This was not only a plan to make cookies but also a bit of a bribe so he and Quinn would be good for the evening and go to bed nicely.
The next day came and boy did I ever hear about the cookies. I looked for my mom’s famous recipe, which strangely enough came off the bag of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag, and couldn’t find it. As I was about to head into a frenzy to get myself to the story to get my mom’s recipe, Joelle, wonderful wife that she is, gets online to Pioneer Woman’s website tasty kitchen and finds some peanut butter chocolate chip cookie thing…. Look, it’s not my mom’s chocolate chip recipe, which strangely enough came off the bag of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag, so I am skeptical about everything at this point. I’m not particularly adventurous, nor do I like new things, but I am committed, Jake is expecting me to make some cookies with him and I am expecting to spend some good quality time with my little boy. Would you like to see….
Honestly, since Jake can’t read very well yet I told him what to get and he got it out and brought it over to the counter so we would have everything we needed.
Does he look ready? I thought so, and oh boy was he ever excited about it.
He measured this out all by himself, all I did was clear a bit off the top.
I had to pack the brown sugar for him, he didn’t quite get it, he tried, of course but ended up with a lot of sugar on his hand which had, HAD to be licked off.
Once all the sugar and fat were in we did a bit of mixing, just to get things started combining. I suppose I could go and rewatch that episode of Good Eats where Alton Brown makes 3 very different cookies for his “sister” using the exact same recipe but varying the order of ingredients, but we decide to try it on our own. Anyway, also on good eats I saw this neat measuring cup thing that telescopes to varying capacities…. Jake wasn’t strong enough to push it down and hold it at the same time so all I did was hold it for him, he managed to get the thing down.
After a bit of mixing we got ready to add some flour.
Then he added the flour.
Then of course after you get done making the cookies you get to lick the paddle you mixed all the stuff together with, ya, ya, I suppose you could just toss it in the sink and wash it, but where’s the fun in that.
I was having a time getting him to actually look at the camera instead of how good the paddle was going to taste.
…aaaaaaaannnnd, the smile?!?
Here’s the before.
They always give you a range, 8-10 minutes or something like that, and that’s when you have to experiment with the time cooking until they’re golden brown and delicious.
A bit of a change in the recipe, I put in extra crunchy peanut butter rather than creamy. I personally thought the peanut butter could be a bit more, and of course a few more chips would make them perfect. All in all I would say Jake did very well on his first batch of chocolate chip cookies. Sorry mom, that I couldn’t teach him your famous chocolate chip recipe, which strangely enough came off the bag of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag, but I guess we have to believe he is going to be making wonderful chocolate chips cookies for the rest of his life until he finds his Dad’s chocolate chip recipe, which strangely enough came off the bag of the Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip bag.