Baking is a passion, something you learn and love from a young age. I am very fortunate to have two small nephews ( Blake 4, Alister 2) who are very curious any time I am in the kitchen. In fact, I can’t go into the kitchen without hearing, ” Mimi, help! Mimi, help!” (translation: Auntie Amy let me help you!) and the sound of chairs being pushed across the floor up to the counter as my little baking buddies get ready to assist/make a mess.
When I ask my nephews what they want to be when they grow up, they proudly tell me,” A baker like Auntie!” I can’t tell you how good that makes me feel, I’m so excited to teach them the art of baking as they grow older. Being able to create something delicious in the kitchen is so valuable and a great skill to have. I’ve decided to start them off young and teach them the basics of baking, and what better way to start than with a classic recipe. Chocolate chip cookies!
I decided to use a simple chocolate chip cookie recipe with minimal ingredients, something I could easily explain to the kids and teach them step by step. Also, baking with small children is much harder than it looks and they just want to dump everything in the mixer and turn it on full blast! I used the Hershey’s CHIPITS recipe with some minor changes to make it a little better. https://www.hersheycanada.com/recipes/en-ca/recipes/cookies/96440/chipits-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies-recipe
2 1/4 cup All-purpose flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 cup Butter (Softened)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups semi-sweet chips
Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Combine flour, baking soda, and salt.
- Cream butter and both sugars. Add vanilla.
- Add eggs one at a time.
- Add flour, mix to clear.
- Add chocolate chips to mixer on low and combine for a few seconds.
- Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 8 to 10 minutes.
- Enjoy with a tall glass of cold milk!
I think this recipe is great to use with little kids, mostly because I have it memorized from my childhood, but also because it is just simple ingredients that make a soft and chewy cookie that every kid enjoys. They turned out wonderfully, well what made it into the oven. I think the kids ate half the dough when I wasn’t looking…I wonder who they got that from!
So in conclusion, I love baking with my nephews and seeing their little faces light up when the mixer and aprons come out. Baking with babies is difficult, but there isn’t anything I would change about it. Lastly, baking ignites a passion for all things sweet. That is how a baker is born.