Saturday, January 23, 2010
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
Adapted from MyRecipes
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.