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 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.