A soft and cakey milk chocolate chip cookie that it a great recipe for getting kids in the kitchen.
I think that kids need to learn how to cook. It is a life skill that will they have forever, teach them to appreciate food and make better food choices. While chocolate chip cookies are not necessarily a health food, they are a perfect recipe to use to teach your child basic cooking and baking skills. Reading a recipe, measuring, how to use the oven, timing, how to tell when something is done, and even cleaning up. Chocolate chip cookies are delicious and exciting enough that kids will want to get in the kitchen and make them.
Will and I used a favorite recipe, Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies from Kelsey Nixon’s book Kitchen Confidence. These chocolate chip cookies are cakey on the inside and crisp on the edges, my favorite cookie texture ever. Obviously, if milk chocolate isn’t your thing, you could use semi-sweet or dark.
While William is learning to cook, I’m learning to shoot video. It is so much fun, but there is for sure a learning curve. It’s easy to not want to shoot any because it isn’t great yet, but it will never be great unless I shoot. So in the meantime, I’m having fun making little videos of the kids. I’m not sure if they love being in them, but they like watching them afterwards. This was shot in real time so I spent my time trying to get Will to slow down so that I could get each step.
This recipe makes about 2 dozen, I normally double it because they go quickly. We gave away more than half to Will’s running group and the rest were gone in an afternoon.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2½ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups milk chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350°. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream butter and both sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the eggs one at a time and add vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Slowly add dry ingredients to butter mixture. Mix until just combined. Add chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
- Use a 2 tablespoon scoop and place dough two inches apart.
- Bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.