Baking with Kids {Recipe}

I’ve heard it said what your kids see you doing most will be their strongest memories of their childhood. I think about that often when I’m trying to make memories that will last. A lot of my childhood memories revolve around the bakery in some capacity. For my kids, I think we’ve created a tradition of baking together. We have a learning tower (which I highly recommend!!) so my kids are right in the action when I cook or bake. We like to sing along to Waitress: The Musical as we’re adding ingredients. Are they big memories or activities? No. But I hope that in the everyday mundane moments of life they remember the little things. We did over and over. Like baking our favorite cookies! And singing, “Sugar. Butter. Flour.

Side note: This recipe is my twist on my Grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. During the weeks after Hurricane Harvey our local grocery store did not have eggs. They only had the egg white cartons, so I went with that because I knew I could substitute those in. Let me just tell you, IT CHANGED EVERYTHING!!! These cookies were good before but they are AMAZING with just the whites. They are more fluffy and basically melt in your mouth. YUM!


{Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe}

2 ¼ cups (plus 1/3 cup) all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

¾ cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup egg whites

2 cups dark chocolate chips

PREHEAT oven to 375˚ F. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl. In a large mixer bowl beat together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until creamy. Gradually add the egg whites, mixing well. Mix in the flour mixture, adding slowly. Stir in chocolate chips (and 1 cup of nuts if desired). DROP tablespoon size dough balls on the pan. BAKE cookies for 8-10 minutes. COOL and enjoy! 

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