Leo and Alex never refuse to help when I offer to make something sweet. So here they are making chocolate chip cookies. All on their own! Leo reads the directions, while Alex wildly and clumsily beats the batter, and I take the pictures. Thanks to the camera in my hands I can’t help them or take over.

They actually did a fantastic job, not too messy and no fighting.  Some of the cookies burnt, but it was my fault.

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Alex’s cookies
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Leo’s cookies

There are hundreds of recipes out there for chocolate chip cookies but, in my opinion, the most successful one is this one. I adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, The River Cottage Family Cookbook – a must-have book for anyone who is interested in cooking, whether you are a professional or new to the kitchen. Kids can learn so much from this book, for example: where our food comes from, how to grow your own vegetables and how to make things like butter, jams and chocolate . The book has a huge selection of great recipes. And the writing is brilliant!

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Easy & delicious classic chocolate chip cookies
Servings: 12 large cookies
Author: Shelly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick (or ½ cup) unsalted butter
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 free-range egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with a parchment paper.
  • Melt the butter in a small sauce pan on low heat. Meanwhile, put the coconut sugar into a mixing bowl. Pour the melted butter in and mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Break the egg in and add the vanilla. Mix until the mixture is well blended.
  • Sift in the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir to combine. Add the chocolate chips.
  • Use a tablespoon to place dollops of the mixture on the lined baking sheets, leaving 2″ (4 cm) space between them – the cookies really spread out!
  • Put the baking sheets in the oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until the cookies are just turning golden brown.
  • Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet on a cooling rack before eating or storing.