Chocolate Chip Cookies, Because #BirthdayWeek

Is a four year old still a toddler?

Wow. My little girl is four today. I don’t know exactly where those years went, but I know I have learned a lot about myself.

I never thought I would want to be a stay at home mom. I never knew I had a temper. I had no idea I was a hypochondriac. I didn’t know how crafty and creative I could get when a situation calls for it. And I never knew how much I could love and admire such a little person. As frustrating as her stubbornness is, I love it. She’ll be the kid in class that questions the teacher, and to me, that is awesome!

We had a low-key, but really fun birthday week for my girl.

A different family member visited everyday. She saw her grandparents, an aunt, an uncle, and tonight, my parents are coming over.

We got to go to the park a few times, and she watched her favorite princess movie of the week every day.

And, we did some baking!

I had some bananas that were on their way out, so I felt the best thing to do was bake some banana bread. With chocolate chips, obviously.Banana Bread  A few days later, we decided to bake some chocolate chip cookies. This was a bit risky for me. We made some a little over a week ago and I ate way too many for a mama on a mission to get healthier. I thought I would give myself another chance to practice self-control…Plus the birthday girl really wanted to make some cookies!!

So, without further adieu, the best chocolate chip cookies (and cookie dough), you will ever eat. Chocolate Chip CookiesI know, I know. Everyone claims to have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe out there. So I’ll just say, these are the best I’ve ever had. The recipe is from my mom and I have no idea where she got it, so I’m going to say that she came up with it.

You will need- 
1 cup butter or margarine (I use Gold n Soft margarine)

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar (I use dark)

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup of chocolate chips (or, if you’re heavy handed like me, twice that)

If you prefer to use butter, be sure its soft enough to mix. Do not melt it! Slightly soften it in the microwave. Or, if its firm enough, grate it. If you use margarine like me, you don’t have to worry about it. Add the sugars, egg, and vanilla to the butter/margarine. Stir well.

Then add one cup of flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix. Add remaining flour and mix. Mix in the chocolate chips.

This is where you eat the dough. You shouldn’t because raw eggs are bad. But, seriously, this will be the best cookie dough you’ve ever tried.

Drop spoonfuls on your cookie sheet.Chocolate Chip cookie dough I recently acquired a Silicone Baking Mat from GetBackToBasix and I am loving it! Nothing sticks to it and it is glorious! My husband made chicken wings the other day and he couldn’t believe they didn’t stick. We will never be going back to foil and cooking spray-such a waste!

Bake the cookies at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes or until they’re at desired done-ness. I take them out right before they’re done so they’re really gooey. It’s best to let them cool completely so they won’t fall apart in your hands.Chocolate Chip CookiesIf you don’t want to cook the whole batch, just freeze the dough. I like to spread it into an ice cube tray so when you pop out the dough, it’s a perfect sized cookie.

These cookies never disappoint and people always ask for the recipe. So here it is!

My girl and I had a lot of fun making these together! And I’m looking forward to the day when I can pass the torch on to her, the same as my mom did to me. As far as I know, my mom has only made her cookies once or twice since I started making them 20 years ago, (I seriously teared up when I realized I had to write 20 years…and I might have felt sick to my stomach…)

What’s a family favorite recipe that you would like to share?

And back to my first question, is a four year old still a toddler? I think I know the answer, I’m just in denial.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a wonderful weekend!

Disclosure-

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*I received a non-stick silicone mat for free to review, all opinions are my own.

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23 Comments

  • Reply Shann

    Sounds like an awesome birthday week! I don’t know if I can make those cookies right now because I don’t have that much self control. I love the idea of putting leftover dough in ice cube trays. And I’ll say yes…4 is still a toddler 😉

    June 5, 2015 at 8:10 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Haha-thanks! She’s just growing way too fast! It’s been fun. I’ve been doing better this time around with the cookies, but not perfect…

      June 5, 2015 at 9:10 am
  • Reply Melissa

    Looks like you had a great week!

    June 5, 2015 at 8:13 am
  • Reply Shelah

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! It looks like you had a fun week. I have been thinking it was time to make cookies, I can’t wait to try this recipe!

    June 5, 2015 at 9:24 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! We did! I hope you like them!!

      June 5, 2015 at 9:27 am
  • Reply twitchetts.com

    Sounds like a great birthday week!! Those cookies look yummy and I am loving that cooking mat! Anything that gets me out of the kitchen sooner!

    June 5, 2015 at 10:03 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      It was! Yes, same here-I love it!

      June 5, 2015 at 10:32 am
  • Reply Tamara

    Oh boy. This just made me absolutely crave cookies. Prego problems. They look amazing.

    June 5, 2015 at 11:18 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Haha-oops! Sorry!

      June 5, 2015 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply Alyssa from The Sparkly Life

    um, these cookies look and sound AMAZING. And you totally had me at “This is where you eat the dough,” because all I EVER want to do is eat the dough! yummmmm

    June 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thanks! Yeah, I tend to eat more dough than cookies…

      June 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    I am always looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe! Next time I bake a batch, I will give your recipe a try. And banana bread with chocolate chips is the BEST!

    June 5, 2015 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Awesome! I hope you like it! Yes, agreed! I rarely make banana bread without them!

      June 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm
  • Reply Natasha

    I made banana bread yesterday too to get rid of old bananas! Your cookies look great; I’ve never seen a baking mat like that, very clever. Glad your little one had a fun birthday. Mine turn 3 in July and I just can’t believe it!

    June 5, 2015 at 8:08 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! I use it all the time now! Wow, 3? Time just flies!!

      June 6, 2015 at 8:01 am
  • Reply Lisa

    I adore chocolate chip cookies – I might even sneak a few nuts in too every now and then for a different flavour. I’ve got some old bananas hanging around that I need to deal to as well – banana cake/loaf might be on the menu tomorrow!

    June 6, 2015 at 3:51 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      A banana cake sounds really good!! I’ve never actually put nuts in my cookies, that would be good!

      June 6, 2015 at 8:04 am
  • Reply Tricia

    Yum! Now I’m in the mood for banana bread AND cookies! It will be very difficult for me to resist eating the cookie dough though. I figure it’s not the best idea while pregnant. I really want to get one of those baking mats. I think my mom has one. They look very handy!

    June 6, 2015 at 5:51 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      The only time I’ve been able to resist cookie dough in my life is when I was pregnant. I had always wanted one of the mats, but just never got one. Now I wonder why I waited!

      June 6, 2015 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Jill

    Those cookies look amazing!
    And, for the record, when my 5 year old is having her “fits” I find myself referring to her as a toddler…mainly b/c it feels that way. I wonder when the cut off really is… 🙂

    June 6, 2015 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      Thank you! Haha-that’s makes sense! I’ll probably be calling my kids toddlers until they start school.

      June 7, 2015 at 8:22 am
  • Reply Emma

    A 4-year-old may not technically be a toddler, but I still call my 6 year old “the baby”. 😉

    June 8, 2015 at 8:47 am
    • Reply mamabyfire@gmail.com

      HAHAHA!! I will most likely be doing the same when my son is 6.

      June 11, 2015 at 8:28 am

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