Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Day with Ally (and Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Ally is on spring break this week. She loves to bake, so we decided to make chocolate chip cookies today. As I watched her measure out the ingredients, carefully leveling off the flour in the measuring cup, I got caught up in memories of her as a 2 year old sitting barefoot on the kitchen table, happily adding a cup of raisins to the applesauce cake we were making. Each year she took on a new duty & now, at nine years old, she can practically make cakes & cookies all by herself. She's growing up fast, much faster than I want to admit, & soon she won't want to be in the kitchen with me. So I'm treasuring every moment.

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts*

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE in preheated 375-degree oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

*I added 1/2 cup of nuts to the remaining cookie dough after baking 2 dozen cookies. Neither Ally nor Mike like nuts in their cookies, so this was an easy solution.

1 comment:

Sarah Caron said...

Isn't that Toll House recipe the best?

My, they do grow up so quickly. It's like one day you wake up and wonder where the baby who wiggled around the floor went.