My go to cookie recipe!

Good afternoon ramblers!

So a little unknown fact about me is that I absolutely love to bake! I was lucky enough that when we moved into this new place my hubby got me a kitchenaid mixer as a moving gift (husband of the year award!) I really try to limit my baking these days though because I mean who doesn’t love to eat what they bake?! So I’m a monthly baker when my monthly friend comes along (who doesn’t want chocolate during aunt flow’s visit?) I’ve tried and tried again to get a good classic chocolate chip cookie recipes down and I think I finally got it! So let’s get baking!

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We’ll start with the ingredients; here’s everything you’ll need for this recipe! Also if you are in search of a new baking sheet I completely recommend NORDIC WARE……they are so amazing, so easy to clean, and nothing ever sticks!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (really any kind of chocolate chips will work)

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Now that you have all your ingredients together lets get started! Go ahead and preheat your oven to 375 degree F (190 degrees C). In a separate bowl; mix together flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside for now.

In your mixer (or a large bowl if you do not have one), cream together the butter and sugar until it’s completely smooth.

Quick tip: if you’re like myself and always forget to pull out the butter ahead of time to soften, you can stick it on a plate and pop it in the oven while it’s preheating! Just make sure to keep an eye on it so the butter doesn’t melt completely.

Once the butter and sugar mix is smooth go ahead and beat in your eggs one at a time. Then add your vanilla and mix for about 30-60 more seconds.

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Now we will slowly add in the dry ingredients. I take my 1/4 cup measuring spoon and mix in that amount until it’s all gone. Make sure to let it properly mix together before adding the next spoonful in or it can get pretty messy! During this step if you have a kitchenaid mixer I use it at a level 4.

Once the dry ingredients are all in it should be a dough consistency and look like the second photo above!

At this point I take the bowl off the mixer and with a spoon mix in my chocolate chips. Like I stated above you can use any style of chocolate chips. I have even mixed milk chocolate and white chocolate before! If you really want to jazz it up you can add your favorite nuts into it as well (walnuts taste amazing!).

Now that we have everything mixed together it’s time to bake! I use a little cookie spray on my cookie sheet to prevent sticking. You can make the cookies as big or as small as you’d like. I make mine about a heaping teaspoon size so they are small enough my daughter can hold (but not too small that she can choke). You’ll want to spread them about 2 inches apart. They’ll bake for about 8-11 mins.

 

I hope you give them a try and if you do let me know what you think! If you give them a try make sure to tag me in your finished product on instagram (handle at the bottom). Drop a comment below your favorite baking recipe and I’ll give it a try next month!

Happy baking and remember to stay rambling

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xxx

the rambling mom

@annielouisedavis

 

 

RECIPE

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix flour, salt, baking soda in seperate bowl.
  2. In mixer, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat eggs in one at a time then add vanilla. Slowly add in dry ingredients until dough like consistency. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Drop heaping teaspoon sized balls about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 8-11 mins. Move to wire rack to finish cooling.

Travel Tips!

Impromptu trips……don’t you just love them?! But are the even possible once you have kids? Well I’m here to tell you, heck yeah they are! And this is how I did it:

On a random Thursday I decided to buy a ticket to fly home that Saturday, for only $98 how could I pass that up?! And of course if I’m going home then baby girl absolutely must come with to meet her family! Now I’m a veteran at flying; I’ve done it so many times I find it relaxing but flying with a baby?! And alone?! Who would do such a thing?!

Well I did and I survived! (with only being peed on and puked on once, so I consider it a major win)

Days leading up to the flight:

  • call airline and find out what items can be checked for free (most airlines will allow a car seat and stroller but it never hurts to see if a pack n play or other items are free as well)
  • make a list and check it twice! and three times! and heck even a fourth! Lists are your best friend for any type of travel.
  • only bring absolute necessities in diaper bag ( my complete list will be posted below)
  • spend lots of time loving on your significant other (especially if they aren’t traveling with you; I had Riley and Louise spend alone time together since they’ve never really been separated for this long)
  • start packing as soon as you can! Anything you won’t need in the next few days pack away! The more you pack the less you’ll stress later on #protip

What’s in my diaper bag:

  • diapers (remember you can never have too many of these)
  • wipes (one unopened packed worked for us)
  • blanket (perfect for layovers for baby to crawl/lay down in the connecting airport)
  • pacifier/pacifier clip (if baby won’t take a bottle during take off have them suck on a pacifier to help their little ears pop; and clips are perfect so paci’s don’t go missing during travel)
  • teether (if you have a baby in the teething stage)
  • toy/stuffed animal (keep it small but if they have a special item that soothes them it doesn’t hurt to bring it for comfort; remember this is all new for little baby)
  • bottles; I bought 3 (the amount depends on the length of flight & if any layovers to clean bottles mid-trip)
  • formula (how you bring formula is personal preference; I brought one unopened can and it made TSA faster & easier)
  • water bottle (TSA allows brining your own water for baby’s so save yourself some money at the airport & pack your own!)
  • Wallet with I.D.s & other important docs (always check ahead of time with your airline; example: united on my way to OH didn’t need anything for Louise but southwest on the way home to CA wants proof of age for her)
  • chargers for any electronics you bring ( I like to travel light so I only packed my phone but depending on age a tablet for baby might be a god send!)
  • EXTRA CLOTHES!!! for you and baby (I’m so glad a mommy friend shared this with me last minute cause Louise had two accidents while flying; I did an extra sleeper for her and an extra shirt for myself)

Might seem like a lot but this all fit into one backpack for me!

Pro-tips! 

While Louise did have two accidents during flight she did sleep the whole time and didn’t cry so that makes me a pro right?!

  • carry car seat to gate for checking; if it’s not a full flight they may let you use it for your baby!
  • bring as much baby food/snacks/water as you need…..TSA can’t say no for baby!
  • (if of drinking age) enjoy a drink on flight and splurge on that wifi! It helped this mama relax
  • If possible fly late at night or earl in the morning during baby’s normal sleeping time
  • Most of all; DON’T STRESS! Easier said than done I know but I had so much help and offers for help from not only the flight attendants but also the passengers!

 

Louise and I have been loving our time with family here in Ohio but we are ready to brave the long flight home again and be reunited with Daddy!

**comment any tips or tricks you have for flying or let me know if any of these helped you out!**

 

Stay Rambling

-Annie

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