Today I am going to share with you the one thing in this parenting gig I can pull off pretty darn well – baking cookies. This is by no means a baking blog. Please. Perfectly crafted dainty delights are not my forte. If anything, my culinary skills are of the …rustic variety.
But this is a mama-must; part of the survival kit. The ability to quickly whip up these bad boys has saved my helpless butt more than once. School bake sale? End of year class party? People coming over? Toddler driving you crazy? Lazy cookies are the answer, my friend. They take no longer than 10 minutes to whip up, and they’re almost impossible to ruin. Plus you can shove a bunch of chocolate chips in the toddlers mouth and they won’t talk. Everyone wins!
Just don’t tell the locals about this post – I won’t have anything to lure them into friendship with otherwise.
Wifekins Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookies.
- Approx 150 grams soft butter
- A few splashes of vanilla extract or essence.
- Most of a tin of sweetened condensed milk.
- 1/4 cup of sugar (brown or caster)
- Aprox 2 cups self raising flour
- A pack of home brand chocolate chips.
It’s all very technical here. You’re actually lucky I somewhat measured what I tossed in this time!
- Mix butter, sugar, vanilla and sweetened condensed milk. By hand or by beater. Zap the butter in the microwave first if it’s not soft enough. Pretty sure I’ve done this with melted butter and it turned out okay.
- When that’s nicely combined toss in the self raising flour. I don’t even sift.
- Toss in chocolate chips and mix.
- The mixture should be a soft dough, but still a little sticky. Add more flour if needed.
- Either line a couple of trays with baking paper or use a spray oil to lightly grease the trays.
- Spoon and roll mixture into little balls, leaving a little space between. I can usually fit around 24 per tray (obviously that depends on the size of your cookies and trays). When you’ve filled a tray, gently press a fork into the centre to flatten them a little.
- Pop them into an oven at 180 degrees (C) for around 15 minutes. If I’m busy with kids I leave it on 160. The cookies should be a little darker in colour.
- When they’re done, pull the trays out of the oven to cool. Don’t move them to a wire rack just yet, they need to harden a little first.
- Move them to a wire rack and hey presto! Cookies
Just remember to actively watch your kids in the kitchen. Between batches of cookies I ducked out to the toilet, telling Smasher to stay clear of the oven.
I returned to find him wandering around the house with big fistfuls of cookie dough.
So go forth, mamas! Bake away! Feed those monsters and wow those friends with your ridiculously sugary goodness!
Or just smoosh them over a bucket of ice-cream – I’m pretty sure you earned that.