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. 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. I 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.
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar (I use dark)
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. 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.If 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!
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*I received a non-stick silicone mat for free to review, all opinions are my own.