This half-term holiday, my son and I made chocolate chip cookies.
Anyone who knows me, knows that cooking and baking are not my favourite thing to do (I mean… have you seen my nails?!?).
However, when I asked my parents to use the half term to connect and re-connect with their children, I decided to practice what I preach .
This is why, when my son asked whether we could make cookies, I saw it as an opportunity to spend quality time with him.
Our project was Chocolate Chip cookies and I must say, I enjoyed the process almost as much as the young man himself.
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Baking together is a great way to connect with your child. You are bonding in the process of
- measuring and mixing,
- tidying up,
- and sharing your baked creations with others.
I know that cooking and baking come naturally for many people. I am not one of them!
In fact we had to visit the shops twice because I thought baking powder and baking soda were the same thing. (You guessed right… they are NOT the same thing!)
The point I am making is that even with all the adventures and misadventures, it was still totally worth the effort.
In case you want to try this recipe, here it is typed out by my son in readiness for our baking session.
(Yes, his mum is a teacher and he knew how to get my attention)
Chocolate chip cookies Recipe
Gather your ingredients
Mix your wet ingredients
Sift in your dry ingredients.
Mix well with a spoon. Our final mixture was a bit crumbly.
After a panicky phone call to a friend who bakes, she said this was fine.
Grab handfuls of the mixture. Pat, squeeze and roll into a ball (as best you can).
Place your greaseproof paper on a baking tray.
Place your raw cookie dough balls on the tray – giving a little space betweem them
Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
Bring out, leave to cool for 10 minutes and they are ready to enjoy.
This is what being a parent is about – taking an interest and getting involved in your child’s passions even if it means stepping outside your comfort zone.
Have a great half-term holiday with your children