Baking is a wonderful way to bond with your children; it also has a few additional benefits. For example, my oldest son is 13 years old and learning algebra. When we bake, I will replace my larger measuring cups with smaller. This way he has to figure out how to make 1 cup using 1/3 cup. While my oldest son is doing the calculations my youngest son, who is in kindergarten, does the counting. Not only does it help with math, it allows them to learn how to follow directions.
This recipe is the Hershey’s Baking Melts Cookies, and it can be found on the packaging of Hersey’s semi-sweet chocolate. It is, by far, my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. It is easy to make and so delicious.
1 Cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 ¾ cups (10 oz package) Hershey’s Baking Melts Semi-Sweet Chocolates
1 Cup chopped nuts
Notes: I do not use the nuts. Leaving the nuts out of the recipe does not hurt the recipe any.
Cost: I always have all of this on hand. The only thing I had to buy was the Semi-Sweet Chocolates, which cost me around $3.00.
Heat oven to 325 degrees.
Line cookie sheets with parchment paper (I used aluminum foil).
Beat butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large bowl until blended.
Add eggs one at a time to mixture. Beat the mixture after each egg. I.E. Egg, beat, egg, beat.
In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking soda and salt.
Gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture. DO NOT add all at once. I.E. Add a little, beat, add a little more, and beat, and so on. If you add it all at once, it makes it hard to mix together. Make sure you do a little at a time and make sure it is mixed well before adding more.
Stir in the chocolate pieces.
Drop by rounded tablespoon onto cookie sheet.
Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes and remove by parchment paper and place cookies on wire rack.
Notes: It makes 3 dozen cookies depending on how large or small you make the cookies. I had enough mixture left for four cookies, which I combined into one large cookie – that took me 15 minutes to cook.