Baking Cookies for Hurting Mamas
Today on the blog, I wanted to do something a little different. As I was thinking through this post, I wanted it to be more than just sharing a cookie recipe. You can find those anywhere! I wanted to share my chocolate chip cookie recipe with you but I also wanted to share a little of my heart behind why its my go to when sitting down with someone who is hurting.
I tried several times to write it out and the words just weren’t coming so I decided to use my audio app and just talk. I originally was going to type it out but I sort of like the rawness of it all. The music in the background, the noises of my kids. In my mind, I was simply sitting down at my dining room table with you across from me, a hot mug in hand, eating these very cookies!
I hope you are encouraged and inspired to have a go to recipe you make and to open your home when there is someone who needs a couch to sit on, an ear to listen, and a sister to speak words of love and encouragement over her.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (Makes about 3 dozen)
4 ½ Cups flour
1 ½ tsp. baking soda
¾ tsp. salt
½ Cup ground oats (optional)
¼ tsp. cinnamon (optional)
1 ½ Cups sugar
¾ Cups light brown sugar
24 tsp. room temperature butter
3 tsp. vanilla extract
Chocolate chips (I don’t give a measurement because I always wing it!)
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
In a large bowl, add flour, baking soda, salt, and (oats and cinnamon) if using.
In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, brown sugar, and butter until fluffy. Add in eggs and vanilla and mix till well blended. Add in chocolate chips.
Add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix JUST UNTIL BLENDED. When you can no longer see flour specks, stop blending! This is important if you do not want flattened cookies!
Use a tablespoon or spoon to scoop out dough. Touch the dough as little as possible and plop it down on the cookie sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes (depending on your oven) I would start at 12 minutes and bump the time from there.
Here are some tips I have discovered over the years of making this recipe:
If using oatmeal, use a food processor to chop up the oatmeal. This really helps to blend the oatmeal in smoothly to the dough
BUTTER: I recommend using softened butter. I often forget to set it out ahead of time so I simply put it in the microwave till softened or just slightly melted. I have found this still creates a beautifully, fluffy cookie
Add the chocolate chips to the wet batter before mixing in the flour! This keeps you from over mixing.
When you add all the ingredients together, be careful not to over mix. Mix till the flour is just blended with the wet ingredients.
You want the dough to be light and fluffy! If it sticks to your finger, add just a little flour at a time until you get the right consistency.
Once taken out of the oven, leave them on the cookie sheet for just an extra minute or two before removing them. This allows them to bake just a bit longer and helps them to settle