When one thinks of the holiday season, one of the first thoughts that pops into their mind (besides the chaos and gifts) is usually baking. For me, baking usually means cookies! Cookies of all kinds! There are so many amazing cookie recipes in the world, but to me nothing beats a really good chocolate chip cookie recipe.
My friend Brandy over at Our Thrifty Home started this great Holiday Bake Hop where some of my fellow blogger friends and I all share our favorite holiday recipe to bake, so I chose to share my super soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies recipe!
I used to struggle with finding the perfect cookie recipe. It seemed like every time I made them, they were flat and hard as a rock. No matter what I did, I could never get the recipe just right.
Then one day a friend of mine delivered some of her own homemade chocolate chip cookies to share with me, and they were absolutely perfect! They were thick, chewy, and incredibly delicious! I was so amazed at their perfection that I knew I had to get her recipe immediately. Lucky for me she was willing to share, and it has since become the only chocolate chip cookie you will ever see me bake.
Today I want to share this recipe with you!
Super Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 1 lb butter (4 sticks)
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 6 cups of flour
- 3 cups of chocolate chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
- Combine butter, eggs, baking soda, vanilla, salt, sugar, and brown sugar and mix. Slowly add in the flour (I add about 2 to 3 cups at first, then slowly add in 1 cup at a time because my poor blender can’t mix that much at once. I literally burned up a blender in the past. Once it starts to get pretty thick I start mixing by hand. It takes more muscle that way but at least you wont kill your blender)
- When you have everything mixed mix in the chocolate chips (sometimes I do half chocolate chip and half peanut butter chips too. Another good option for these!)
- Drop by spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet and bake for approximately 10 minutes. (Tip: to keep them super soft, I like to pull them out about 1 minute or so before they’re actually “done”. The pan is still hot so they will still cook slightly as they are cooling on the pan.
This recipe yields approximately 100 cookies (which is another reason I love this recipe). Also, keep in mind that baking times and temperatures vary depending on where you are geographically located (such as higher altitudes, etc), so play around with the time and temperature until you get it just right for you!
How can holiday baking help you in your homeschool?
The best part about holiday baking is that I can turn it into some sort of a lesson in our homeschool girls. It’s a win win all around because my kids are learning something, and they’re having fun. Plus, there’s eating which of course everyone loves.
Some of the lessons that can be learned while baking include:
- Home Economics – Baking is a basic life skill that kids NEED to know!
- Math – Fractions, Counting
- Art – Decorate your baking creations using candy, icing, and more!
- History – Look up the history of the recipe and discuss it while preparing the recipe
- Science – Discuss the nutritional value of the ingredients and how the oven or microwave actually cooks the food
Read the rest of the recipes in the Holiday Bake Hop
Click on the image below to see the rest of the recipes in the Holiday Bake Hop.
What is your favorite holiday baking recipe? Share in the comments so we can all see! If you make these cookies, please come back and let me know what you thought of them!