>Family Food Fun: Kitchen Sink Cookies

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I’m not sure what ended up doing the trick, whether it was the good wishes you sent our way, the sweat and tears we’ve been putting into cleaning up the house, or whether it was just a case of the real estate stars lining up in our favor, but we now have an offer! It’s not a done deal, so please keep your fingers crossed, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Today, we celebrated by getting the kitchen a little dirty with some cooking with the kids. Flour spilled all over the floor and it was incredibly liberating to just let it fall and just live in the moment.
I love to empower the kids in the kitchen, to give them free rein to make their own creations and experiment to develop their tastes. Today we made what I called Kitchen Sink Cookies. We whipped off a batch of the classic Toll House Cookie recipe base and divvied it up onto three cookie sheets. Then I presented the kids with a multitude of bowls of yummy toppings. It was a struggle to keep them from eating them all!
I was amazed how different the cookies came out. Bella kept hers very plain with just a dash of colored sugar. Jack implanted big chunks of Hershey’s chocolate in most of his cookies, while Juliette adopted a more thorough approach, her cookies can probably be described as chocolate with a little bit of dough to bind.

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Ingredients:
For the Toll House Cookie Dough:
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 sticks of softened butter
3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cups of brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract (I use 2 teaspoons)
2 eggs
Possible Toppings:
chocolate chips
peanut butter chips
white chocolate chips
chocolate chunks
M&Ms
Hershey’s Kisses
dried cherries
raisins
oatmeal
cinnamon sugar
sprinkles
colored sugar crystals
1) Combine flour, baking soda and salt.
2) Cream butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. The more you beat, the better the cookie.
3) Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
4) Gradually add flour mixture.
5) Using a spoon, drop cookies on a silpat covered cookie sheet.
6) Arm your kids with their choice of toppings and let them loose. The only direction that I gave my kids were that there were no rules!

3 Responses to >Family Food Fun: Kitchen Sink Cookies

  1. >You inspired me to go get some cookies from the kitchen for breakfast. Cookies and tea – breakfast of champions.

  2. >Great idea.
    I think I’ll try it out on my chocolate man.
    Is that a butterfly cookie Juliet?
    Congrats on the house. Hope it all goes smoothly.

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