Our Perfect Wednesday: Cookies for Two

William and I love to bake together. As I type this, I’m eyeing the brown bananas on my counter with glee, knowing that some banana bread is in our future. Baking is our special time. We measure and mix, chatting the whole time and just enjoying each other.

One of our favorites to bake is chocolate chip cookies. I don’t know what it is about this particular recipe, but it always gets rave reviews!

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 12 oz package of chocolate chips

Instructions:

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter (I prefer salted, but it’s up to you and your taste buds), granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. This is a great time to add any additional ingredients- I love to add oatmeal! Drop on to ungreased baking sheets. 

Pro tip: This is one of the best wedding gifts Jeff & I received. It’s a cookie scoop from Crate & Barrel. I love it!

BAKE until golden brown. I bake mine for 8 1/2 minutes, but generally anywhere from 9-11 is perfect. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes; remove and put on wire baking racks to finish cooling. 

Then hide them all because they go FAST.


The Bestest Banana Bread Ever

My son Will loves to cook. It’s kind of a disaster- flour everywhere, constant tasting… you know- baking with a 4-year old! Since he loves it so much, I love to take the time to do it with him. I know it’s likely only a manner of time before I’m “annoying Mom” instead of “bestest Mom”, my current title.

One of his favorite things to make is banana bread. This recipe doesn’t have to include chocolate chips, but personally, besides the love I think that’s what makes it the bestest.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs, beaten

3-4 bananas, mashed (the browner the better! This is the key!)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

semi-sweet chocolate chips, as many as you like!

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350.

Cream together butter & sugar, then add eggs and bananas. Add flour, baking soda & salt, followed by vanilla.

Don’t overmix! Add your chocolate chips.

Bake for up to 55 minutes- I usually do less (we like our bread just a little soft). When a toothpick stuck in the middle of the loaf comes out clean, you’re good. Don’t overbake!

Slice up while hot & enjoy with your favorite tiny human.