Wednesday, October 19, 2011

in the night kitchen... with a 2 yr old

As some of you may have noticed, my sister is an amazing photographer.  I get rock star documentation of my kids lives through photos- lucky me!  We recently spent a typical cold San Francisco summer day together.  Being stuck inside with a drizzle outside, we thought it would be fun to try baking cookies with the kids!  The baby was sleeping so we only had one kid to contend with.  Aden is 2-1/2 now and luckily awoke from his nap with a big smile on his face.  We enticed him into the kitchen by telling him we were "the bakers who bake until morn."  He loves In The Night Kitchen by Sendak so he was pretty excited about that!
We pulled a chair up to the counter and got to work.
Why mess with the classic, our first go at cookies from scratch was good old Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip!
here are some pics and experts from a post she did with a little yumminess (which you must check out).  Two local SF moms who blog about fun with food.

getting started, prep, mixing, stirring, making, baking!
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Two large eggs
  • One (12-ounce) package Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
  1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
  2. COMBINE flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. 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.
  3. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Aden was super helpful and very careful with his measurements.  He was a proud baker indeed.  The results- pure bliss.  Fresh chocolate chip cookies and milk.  Notice the sugar coma below.  Love this little guy!  And I think this was the highlight of my sister's weekend!

can you say "YUM!?"

My sister's photography company Portraits to the People is offering a $25 DISCOUNT on family photo sessions.  Contact her here and use the discount code LUCITE2011 to receive your $25 off family photo session.  She's got great design ideas for cards too- see more here.