Chocolate Chip Cookies

We have been to our friend's house this weekend. Their seven years old is cutie pie and she is my darling. I promised my friend's daughter that I will help her making chocolate chip cookies. So I have been her sous chef this weekend :)..

It all started off well. I packed some of the essentials and we shopped together for the rest. We are so excited to make the cookies that we did not let the butter soften fully and you know what happened…..My 6 year old hand mixer got stuck in the dough and broke finally :). So lesson to be learned here is make sure the butter is soften all the way.

Well back to the story..We went shopping again and bought a new hand mixer and started off again. This time we are careful, patient and finally finished making the cookies. Below is the recipe for the version we made..

I really really loved and enjoyed cooking with her yesterday. It is all worth making these cookies form scratch at the end as watching her hold the mixer to mix cream the butter,  helping me in lining the cookies onto the sheet, munching on the chocolate chips, licking the dough, eating the cookies even before they are cooled and taking some pictures for me...that is true fun and joy ...We had lot of fun and jar full of cookies. Try this with kids and you will for sure agree with me..

Ingredients


1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup chopped nuts(I used almonds and walnuts)
2 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (and 1/2 cup extra for munching while mixing the dough)

Method 
Preheat oven to 360 degrees. Line baking sheet(s) with parchment papers and keep aside.
Cream butter, sugar, and brown sugar until it is nice and fluffy for about 3 minutes on medium-high speed . Now add eggs, vanilla extract and beat for 2 more minutes.Throw the mixer attachments in the sink for cleaning :)...
In another bowl sift together baking soda, baking powder, salt, and flour. Now fold in the flour with a spatula into the sugar mixture in batches until cookie batter is fully incorporated. 
Finally add chocolate chips until well distributed. The cookie batter should be thick.
 Take small balls of the dough or use a medium cookie scoop and plop the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
My darling lining the cookies onto a sheet
Make sure each dough ball is atleast 3 inches apart.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes until the edges are nice and golden brown. We made two batches of cookies - one batch being little crunchy all the way and other crunchy at the edges and soft/chewy in the middle. Baking time depends on how you like your cookies. 8 to 10 will make soft and chewy.. 13 minutes will make them crunchy. Best way is to keep your eye on the cookies and pull them out when they are done..
We checking the cooking through the oven door :)
 Remove from heat and allow the cookies to stay on the cookie sheet for an additional 2 minutes. Pick up the parchment paper with the cookies still on top and transfer to a cool non-porous surface. Allow the cookies to cool on the paper for at least 3 minutes before serving.
Hahaha I got you :)
Note
Left over cookie dough can be stored in a freezer. 

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