Learning to Cook Starts with Oatmeal and Chocolate Chip Cookies

By on June 11, 2018
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Making chocolate chip cookies is almost as fun as eating them. It’s also a great way to introduce kids, tweens or teens to cooking. Why? They almost always cheer and jump up and down to participate because they want them. But, the reality is if we don’t teach our children how to cook, both girls and boys, they make more unhealthy food choices later in life and can be less self-sufficient. Besides, you could be inspiring the creative vision of the next master chef!

The Cruel Rule:You don’t help make them. You don’t get any.

There is something glorious, even therapeutic in the way the chocolate chips sound pouring into a measuring cup and of course there is immediate gratification for small sous chefs to sample a few of them before they go into the batter.

The oatmeal makes them a little heartier, nutritious choice. 

Waste Not Want Not:
If you have dozens of uneaten natural oatmeal packets, this recipe uses them up in a hurry. Although, they are nice with a little bit of maple syrup or jam, if they aren’t anyone’s first choice.

Epic Fails:
Maybe you’ve never made cookies before and are trying this for the first time. That’s okay. Here are a few pitfalls to avoid. Tripling the amount of chocolate chips may seem like a great idea, but the cookies really won’t hold together. Pack the brown sugar down a bit in the measuring cup, otherwise you may not have enough added. Make sure you set a timer on the oven or microwave to help you keep track of the cooking time and don’t wander off during the baking or you might burn the whole batch.

Ingredients:
3 cups of quick cooking oats
1 cup margarine
1 cup light brown sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1/1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:
Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

  1. In a large bowl cream together the margarine, brown sugar and white sugar until smooth with a hand mixer. Beat in the eggs.
  2. Combine the flour and baking soda in a separate bowl, then gently stir into the creamed mixture until blended.
  3. Add in the oats and chocolate chips.
  4. Add parchment paper to a baking sheet. Drop by large spoonfuls on top, aiming for a dozen cookies on the sheet in 3 x 4 rows.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes in the oven once it reaches 325 degrees F. Let the cookies cool for a few minutes before diving in or transferring to a plate to cool completely.

Sous Chef Directions:
Measuring things out is usually a good challenge for kids. Let them try cracking a few eggs. Life is messy. Expecting a mess, and it taking twice the amount of time it would take you to do it on your own, puts you in a more relaxed state of mind at the beginning of the process. They’ll improve. Let them help you get everything out you need to make them too like measuring cups and bowls. Absolutely, let them add the chocolate chips, this is the fireworks moment for them.

The smell of cookies baking and a jar or plate of cookies on the counter always feels welcoming and calming, like the ultimate comfort of home. Make it home, on your own as a senior in new surroundings, a teen waiting for a parent to come home, or for you and your family a little messy or not.

“Enjoy, a simple pleasure,” Charleen.

I hope you enjoy this recipe and as I work on more I will be building a Simply Sensational website with more easy to make and enjoy simple pleasures, watch for it in the fall, 2018.

 

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