Soft and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fancy some chocolate chip cookies that are soft, chewy and easy to make, even with a toddler in tow? Then this recipe is for you.

Chocolate Chip Cookies recipeIngredients (makes approx. 15 medium sized cookies)

  • 125g butter, softened
  • 100g light brown soft sugar
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 225g self-raising flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 100g dark chocolate chips

little boy bakingMethod

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  • Cream together the butter and sugars, before adding in the egg and vanilla extract.
  • Sift in the flour and salt, then the chocolate chips. Mix together the mixture to form a cookie dough – I ended up using my hands for this part.
  • Roll into balls about the size of a golf ball. You could also roll out the dough and use cookie cutters!
  • Place on grease proof paper and bake for 8-10 minutes.
  • The longer you bake them the more crisp they will be. When they come out of the oven they will look raw, this is ok!
  • Leave them to harden for around 5 minutes before transferring them onto a cooling rack.

Chocolate chip cookies recipe

homemade chocolate chip cookiesOnce cooled, the cookies have that delicious soft and chewy texture. They were a huge hit with Harry (22 months) who loved helping me make them! They also didn’t take long to make which helps when you have an impatient toddler who doesn’t quite understand the baking process!

I chose to make the traditional ‘cookie shape’ this time. But when I’ve made these previously we have used cookie cutters and the dough works perfectly with either method.

You could also add in different combinations to the mixture; white chocolate chips, raspberries, Smarties, hazelnuts or pistachios would all work well.

In total these took less than 20 minutes to make and tasted so good. Helping out kept Harry happy out so all in all it was a winner!

toddler eating cookieLove, Laurel

From Baby to Little Boy

I don’t know exactly when it happened, but suddenly my baby boy has become a proper little person! I know that sounds obvious but it’s the only way I can explain it.

21 month old toddler

Harry is 21 months old now. He chats away constantly and can repeat most words we say, but one of the most significant changes happened in the last few weeks – his understanding of emotions and situations.

He says things like ‘what’s wrong?’ and ‘what happened?’ when he sees me rubbing my eyes after a long day or he hears a loud noise. Emotions and feelings have come to his attention, too. ‘Harry tired!’ he exclaims after he yawns and ‘Ella crying’ when he hears our dog crying at the stair gate, wanting upstairs to see us. If he hurts himself he now says ‘Banged my head!’ or ‘Sore!’.

from baby to little boy

Another change is he wants me to play along with him. ‘Come on’ he says and grabs my trouser leg and urges me to come sit inside his tent or make a Lego tower. If I am going about my business he comes over and says ‘What doing?’ which is pretty cute and funny.

toddler puddlesuit beach

All of a sudden he makes decisions, expresses interest in specific things and has his own preferences which he is not afraid to shout about. We must have watched ‘No-man!’ (The Snowman) and ‘No-Dog! (The Snowman and the Snowdog) about fifty times each at Christmas. He loves music and requests songs in the car and to watch on YouTube, which we have to play ”gain! ‘gain!’ over and over!

Harry has become attached to cuddly toys, too. His cot is now full of his little friends and he loves lining them up, calling out their names and giving them hugs. Speaking of hugs, he will give them out to us quite freely now, with the odd kiss, which is lovely.

toddler bubble machine

It’s not always so great though, he now loves the word NO! and shouts ‘no no no no NO!’ at any given opportunity. Sharing is something he is working on, and he has identified hair as something you can pull! We have had a few embarrassing incidents with other children, many more to come I’m sure.  He is eating really well at the moment, but occasionally throws a tantrum at being in his highchair and his bowl ends up thrown on the floor. He is not a fan of the buggy either and will plank when we try to put him in it!

baby mohawk

The point of this post however, is the realisation my little baby is well and truly his own person these days. We are no longer two adults with a baby. We are firmly a family of 3 individuals now (4 if you count Ella, which we do). We are loving seeing Harry’s personality develop and are amazed every day by something new he has learnt. Terrible twos are just around the corner though, let’s hope we are one of the lucky ones!

Love, Laurel

Harry’s First Panto!

Yesterday we were kindly invited to see the ‘Gingerbread Mix Up’ at the Lyric Theatre, Belfast. Not a full blown pantomime, just a great family show and perfect for the Christmas holidays.

gingerbread mix up lyric theatre belfast

At 20 months old, I wasn’t sure how Harry would do, but he shocked us by absolutely loving it. He sat completely still, enthralled by it all for the entire first half. An ice cream during the interval may have contributed to his slight hyperactivity during the second half, but all in all he loved it and I wouldn’t hesitate to bring him back to something like this in future.

gingerbread mix up lyric theatre belfast

The Gingerbread Mix Up, written by Martin Murphy and directed by Richard Croxford, is a funny, quick witted family show with excellent stage design, catchy songs and plenty of audience interaction.

“Meet Primrose: apple of her Dad’s eye, bane of her Mum’s life, all-round little monster. Cast out in the forest with only her Nintendo for company, Primrose meets Pardon – cool cat turned witch’s assistant, with a promising sideline in Big Bad Wolf impersonations.  Can Pardon save Primrose from the evil old witch’s cooking pot?  Will the witch find out who’s been eating her gingerbread house?  Will Primrose ever finish level 4 of Bandor, Master of Neverworld?”
I am ashamed to say this was my first time at the Lyric and I was extremely impressed with everything about it. The theatre was almost full, but everything was very stress free, well organised and spacious with no queues and very friendly staff. My husband enjoyed the fact they sold beer, and the theatre itself, as well as the setting, is beautiful.
The Gingerbread Mix Up is a perfect family show for children of all ages and I would highly recommend it. It runs until Saturday 7th January so there’s still time to check it out! Adults £18/Kids £12.50.

Love, Laurel

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