Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Summer School Day One: Cooking

For our first day of summer school, we headed to the kitchen to do some cooking.  For our first recipe: chocolate chip cookies!!

They learned how to scoop up the dry ingredients, then level them off with the flat edge of a butter knife.

Using the hand mixer was probably their favorite part :)

Natalie helped by snitching cookie dough.

Okay, maybe licking the beaters was the best part ;)

Watching the cookies bake.  Waiting is just so hard!


This is the recipe we used from the Ghirardelli Chocolate website:

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie
11 1/2 ounce(s) 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
2 1/4 cup(s) unsifted flour
1 teaspoon(s) baking soda
1/2 teaspoon(s) teaspoon salt
1 cup(s) (2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup(s) sugar
3/4 cup(s) packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoon(s) vanilla
1 cup shredded coconut - this wasn't in the recipe, but growing up, we always added coconut to our cookies.  It makes them extra delicious!
Preheat oven to 375ºF. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside. In large mixer bowl, cream butter with sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Drop 1 tablespoon of dough per cookie onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 375ºF for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.

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