The emotional trigger that a smell can stir up is one of the most powerful triggers that there is. If you live anywhere in the United States, chances are that the smell of chocolate chip cookies baking conjures up some kind of emotional memory for you. Smells are part of how we remember, part of how we define our memories, our stories, our lives. For me, the smells of baking were part of my childhood, part of the fabric of how I define my childhood and part of the fabric of how I define my life to this day. The smell of a favorite baked treat can still bring a smile of remembrance to my face. What kitchen smells define your childhood memories? What smells do you want your children to define as their childhood memories? Here a couple of great variations on that old favorite, chocolate chip cookies.
I hope you use these baking recipes to make wonderful memories with your children. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1/2 cup peanuts, coarsely chopped In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, brown sugar, and peanut butter. Mix together until creamy. Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture.
Add in the chocolate chips and peanuts. Drop the dough by teaspoons onto baking sheets. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are set but the centers are soft. After removing the cookies from the oven, leave them on the baking sheets for 4 minutes before removing them. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies 1 3/4 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 1/4 cups light brown sugar, packed 1 cup butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 eggs 2 tablespoons milk 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking or old-fashioned oats 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 cup chopped nuts (optional) In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, butter and regular sugar. Add in the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour mixture.
Add the oats, chocolate chips and nuts. Drop by tablespoons onto baking sheets. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 9 to 10 minutes for soft cookies and 12 to 13 for crispy ones.
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