Saturday, January 23, 2010

White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Many parents dream of their little ones growing up to save the world in some way. Doctors, lawyers, maybe even president - it all sounds good to them. Of course if my children decide to take one of those journeys I'd be as proud as any mama would be, but I really only want them to be happy, healthy and loved. I'm hoping that their health comes from a love of being in the kitchen and preparing their own food, which is why I'm trying to get started early with Cash.

You may have noticed a new section in my side bar titled I'd Like To... This isn't a list of resolutions for the year because you know how I feel about those things. I can add to it, take away from it, and I hope mark through some of it this year or sometime in the future. And you may have already noticed that I have marked through one: Bake cookies with Cash for the first time. As satisfying as it was to check off a goal on that list (I'm a list-maker, are you?) It was even more satisfying to have such a cute, helpful sous-chef. He knew exactly what it meant to dump the sugar and flour in the bowl. (But of course he did. You should see his playroom. Dumping toys is his, uh, forte.) And he took immense joy in eating a cookie! (Of course he did; he's a toddler! They learn the word "cookie" pretty early.)

I'm not quite sure if he understood that these were cookies he helped Mama make. I'm not sure if playing chef will help him expand his palate (but this mama sure hopes so.) And I'm not sure if he'll even always be willing to help me in the kitchen. But it was definitely fun to spend time with him and open a new door for him.

President? Hrmph. How about White House Chef?

White Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

White-Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Adapted from MyRecipes
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1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup pecans, chopped

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add sugars and beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Then add vanilla.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and baking powder. Gradually add to butter mixture, and mix until combined. With a wooden spoon, fold in oats, white chocolate and pecans.
4. Drop by tablespoon-fulls onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 12 minutes, or until cookies are just browned. Cool on sheets about three minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


  1. I love that you're already cooking with Cash! So precious. And these cookies look great!

  2. How very sweet...this has to be ur best baking experience ever.....
    CAsh is so so very adorable and cute....
    Hopped ya thru Ingrids(the 3 b's)lovely blog and u have a wonderful world out here urself i see.....
    AM eyeing those brittle choco chip cookies-they seem so much like my type of cookies really.....fantastic....

  3. LOL! I would want my child to be White House Chef over President any day! How sweet and adorable!

  4. UH-dorable! I saw your new sidebar and wondered when you were going to share with us. So cute.

    Oh, and can't wait to try these cookies. Just this morning I was thinking of some oatmeal cookies. YUM

  5. Mmmm wow white choc chip cookies are the best!! These look so good! And I loev your new sidebar idea :) its great.

  6. Yum! Looks like you and Cash did a great job! Precious little helper!

  7. When I first saw Cash, I thought you were discussing money but you are referring to somoething much more precious, the best helper and love.

    I am looking for recipes to post in Our Krazy Kitchen. Oatmeal is the theme of the month. These look really good and if I have time, I want to make these.

  8. I noticed your new list there and caught that you had crossed off cookie baking with Cash. I bet he will always enjoy being in the kitchen with you. Just this past week I cooked and baked with one twin. He was soooo proud as were his siblings who praised his efforts. (If you have more than one be prepared to have your sous-chef throw out the other one that tries to sneak in and "help" too! LOL)

    Btw, can we add baking bars with Cash so I can jump in too?

  9. I am craving cookies now! These look wonderful!

  10. Those had to be the best cookies ever with the sweetness of Cash thrown into the experience. I can't wait to cook with my grandsons.

  11. Forget the cookies (okay, maybe not forget them, they look pretty darn delicious) but Abby that is the SWEETEST picture ever.. what a gorgeous shot of Cash helping you! I would frame that myself and put it on my wall! What beautiful little boy and the sentiment behind it is just absolutely priceless. You're such a good photographer!!!

  12. What a darling helper! He will indeed appreciate good food, growing up with you. And you're right, presidents come and go, but the kitchen staff is there for life!

  13. I can't wait until Abbi is old enough to bake with me!!


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