Since my 5-year old can't read long sentences yet, my 9-year old reads the instructions for him at the beginning. As expected Alex (the 9-year old) gets bored with the process which he considers tedious and disappears after a few minutes. He will only resurrect when food's done... he does the taste test... Alex has an amazing taste buds. So amazing that if I have to bring someone with me in one of my resto adventures, I'd bring him.
Going back to cookie mania, this is such a basic recipe that I have no second thoughts in leaving Jason (the 5-year old) to the "doing" part while I get busy with handling shutters. I have no doubts that Alex can cook or bake if he wants to ... Jason however is a natural in the kitchen. Always's been intrigued with kitchen tools, the proccess of preparing food seems so exciting to him more than anything.
This is the first time I let him do anything from start to finish so this is Jason's coming of age in the kitchen. A milestone if you may.
Tip 1: 2 cups of flavour is up to you. It could be 2 cups of choc chips, or mixture of choc chips and nuts, oatmeal and raisins, whatever you fancy.
Tip 2: It's a "drop" cookie dough, not "rolled". So we didn't chill the dough at all, we just literally dropped the dough on the sheet, did not press it at all and let the heat melt the dough on its own.
Tip 3: Don't doubt the timing. When you take out the cookie from the oven, it'll still be cooking for the next 2 or so minutes on the sheet. Transfer it on the cooling rack after 2-3 minutes of cooling from the sheet.
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups unsifted flour
1 tspoon baking soda
1 tspoon salt
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or 2 cups mixed oatmeal and raisins or nuts)
Makes 2 dozens
Pre-heat oven to 375F
Stir the flour, baking soda and salt, then set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla.
Blend the dry mixture to the wet mixture.
Stir in the chocolate chips (or oatmeal and raisins or nuts)
Drop by 1 1/2 tablespoon onto a parchment on a cookie sheet.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.