Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hallelujah! BC's school strike is over, and the boy had his first day of Grade 3 yesterday.

It's an understatement to say we were both ready for the extended break to be over. When you're trying to work at home with a very bored 7-year-old, these extra few weeks of summer break can seem like eternity.

To try to keep some harmony (and sanity) in my home, I enlisted the boy to help with some easy work tasks. Cleaning up my kitchen messes, coming up with copy ideas, and yup -- food styling.

These cookies were made with his help, and the photos are entirely styled by him. The recipe comes from a little tiny book I made for my parents when I was in preschool, complete with a little blue handprint on the cover and some very questionable late 80s recipes.

Thankfully a good cookie recipe never goes out of style -- unlike Jell-o salad and the whole "everything as a ball" phase cooking went through for a bit there.

Do you have any tried and true recipes in your family? I'd love to give them a try!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Leanne Bakes

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
2 1/3 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350F and line a baking tray with parchment.

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and mix until light and smooth.

Add the remaining ingredients and stir until well combined. Scoop 1-2 tablespoons of the dough onto the baking tray and bake for 10-13 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes, then remove to a wire rack.


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