Soft Sugar Cookies

IMG_5388Sometimes a cookie just needs to be a cookie.  It should immediately satisfy, and make you want at least one more.  These are not the chock-a-block full of nutrition ones that make sure you’re getting all your daily fibre & other requirements, because really, all you asked for was a cookie.  These are the big, soft sugar cookies of yesteryear.  No rolling pins, no hand painted delicacies.  Capped off with a swirl of velvety icing, these are simply a perfect blend of the basics, butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. They do well as a normal size cookie, and amaze as dessert size cookies.

IMG_5214 Experiment decorating with sparkly sugars, shimmery dusts, or weird little candy things.  Every theme has some sort of cooky sprinkles available.  I’ve used black & white cows, dolphins, and shoes, and all of them came in shaker bottles.  Strange, but true.

Have fun with these, let little hands roll the dough, these aren’t proud cookies, they’ll turn out well just because you want them to.  Continue reading

Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies

IMG_4170Cookies are usually the first baking for children to help with.  They do well stirred with a big wooden spoon, taste great raw, and take just a few minutes to bake, with instant results.   They are also an easy fix for a well-earned hunger, or a comfort with a book and a cup of tea.

I can still remember making cookies as a young girl, usually with my sister.  We had a pamphlet cookbook that had lots of recipes in it, but the most used was the one for Chocolate Chip Jumbles.  Having found the original book of recipes recently, it didn’t surprise me that the only page missing, besides the covers, was the page that had that recipe on it!  Probably years of wear and tear had it loose and lose-able! IMG_4384

This version of chocolate chip cookies (the one I’ve made most often for the past several years) makes large cookies with tender centers, an essential to good chocolate chip cookies. Continue reading