Chocolate Chip cookies from scratch has earned a top spot on my How to Have a Fun and Frugal Christmas List for good reason.
They are simply delicious!
These home baked cookies can be enjoyed any time of year. With just a few ingredients needed your kids can even take the reigns with these cookies from scratch and bake them on their own. (With little adult supervision)
And, besides all the yumminess one of the things I love most about baking whether from scratch or not is that this is a sweet and affordable way to spend time bonding as a family during the holiday season.
This even works with my teenagers!
I’ve had many meaningful and connecting conversations simply by spending time baking together.
I can not explain what it is about baking that naturally relaxes you, causing you to open up and talk.
Knowing that we will have some ample time in the kitchen as a family is one of my most treasured moments about the holidays because I’m anticipating conversation.
Sometimes my kids decide to open up about friendships, experiences, school or random questions when we’re gathered in the kitchen and our hands are covered in dough.
Keeping my pantry prepped, helps to make sure I usually have all the ingredients needed on hand to keep the baking process as smooth and less stressful as possible.
TIPS FOR MAKING COOKIES FROM SCRTACH
- Try experimenting with healthier organic chocolate chips, sugars, flour etc
- Smaller cookies requires shorter baking time. Larger cookies requires longer baking times.
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED:
1 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups organic semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts
TOOLS YOU MAY NEED:
Large mixing bowl
Baking Silicone spatula for mixing
Cookie dough dropper or similar to scoop cookie dough
HOW TO MAKE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES FORM SCRATCH
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine butter, white sugar, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla extract in large bowl.
- Mix well
- Add in baking soda and salt. Mix well again.
- Add flour, chocolate chips and walnuts.
- Mix very well until cookie dough consistency is formed.
- Scoop desired sized cookie dough on baking sheet.
- Bake for 10-14 minutes depending on cookie size.
- Once baking is complete, remove from baking sheet and allow to cool completely before serving.
HOW TO STORE COOKIES
These cookies store well in an airtight container. But, in all honestly after baking these cookies we never have a chance to store them longer than a few hours because they are just that good!
BAKING AND BONDING
Remember more than a delicious recipe, you will cherish the time spent with loved ones in the kitchen during these special times of the year like Christmas.
I’ve learned to not focus on perfection and wanting everything to turn out exactly how I envisioned in my mind but embrace the moment, the skills learned and the bonding taking place. With my sons and daughters. From the youngest to the oldest.
If we can use somethings as simple as cookie dough to connect with our family during the holidays, let’s take it and enjoy the process!
Until next time.
Happy reading…and baking