Baking has always been a big part of my life. Cakes, cookies, pies and breads were made for celebrations, during times of mourning, just because, and even to make some money on a few occasions. It’s something that I love to do with and for my family and friends.
Balancing work, kids, family and activities is particularly challenging in the fall when school, dance, and other commitments start back up. During the stressful, over scheduled fall weeks, it’s important to make time to connect with your family and friends. One of my favorite ways to connect, whether it’s for 20 minutes or an entire day, is baking cookies.
October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day. There is great debate about what constitutes “homemade.” Whether you believe “homemade” means baking your cookies from scratch with eggs gathered from your own chickens and butter churned by hand, or breaking prepared cookie dough apart to bake, find some time to make some. Fresh baked cookies are a great way to spend 20 minutes, or an entire day, with your loved ones.
The next time you are shopping, grab some store-bought cookie dough or the ingredients for your favorite cookies. Make time to enjoy a couple fresh baked cookies with your family or friends and stay connected.
Here’s a chocolate chip cookie recipe in case you need some inspiration:
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts
PREHEAT oven to 375
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl
BEAT butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy
ADD eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
BEAT in flour mixture, gradually
STIR in chocolate chips and nuts
DROP rounded tablespoons of cookie dough onto ungreased baking sheets
BAKE 9-11 minutes or until golden brown