Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Cooking with Boys...Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

This recipe came from I cut the recipe in half because I didn't *need* 96 bars. 96 bars would not look good on my hips. I don't think it made 48 bars either, unless you cut them really small.

Ingredients (Already halved for you! That's the kind of girl I am!)
1 c butter, softened
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1t vanilla extract
1/2t water
2 1/4 c all purpose flour
1t baking soda
3/4t salt
2c semisweet chocolate chips (we used 3)


In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla and water; beat until smooth. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a smaller bowl; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Fold in chocolate chips and eat the ones that don't make it into the bowl for some reason. Press into a greased 15-in. x 10-in 1 1-in. baking pan. To tell you the truth, I don't have a clue as to the size of my pan, but I think it was close to that. Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Thane is very precise about setting the temperature correctly.

We don't have a 3/4 c measuring cup so we had a quick lesson on fractions. The boys picked up on in quickly. Math...check!

Magnus is packing the brown sugar. Wanna know why you pack brown sugar and not white? Me too! So I googled it.

Here is what I found...

"Brown sugar is refined white sugar with molasses added to it. The same weight of brown sugar and white sugar has the same amount of sweetness. Because white sugar is denser than brown sugar, to get equal sweetness you have to pack the brown sugar."

Yeah. I still don't get it. Oh well, on with the show.

I just thought this was a cool shot. Still learning how to use my camera.

This, however, is not a cool shot. One thing to keep in mind when Cooking With Boys is, "Messes happen." What I am saying? Messes happen when I cook without the boys too!

In case you are wondering, I did not put the "oops" egg in the mixture. Tempted, but nah.

Chocolate chips are being folded! Er, mixed, actually.

Magnus is being very careful. Do you think he likes wearing the pink pot holders? Ask me if I care. In a house full of testosterone, I get to have pink pot holders.


Gooey goodness!


Barb-Harmony Art Mom said...

Yum! Delicious.

We are doing a Julie-Julia cooking project this year and working our way through the Williams Sonoma Kids Baking cookbook. This week Ben is making Apple Galette.
It really is just a fancy apple pie.

I will share and you can keep sharing and maybe we will be inspiring to other moms of boys. :)


Lori C., Texas said...


Brittney said...

Love that idea, Barb!

Even thought I cook with them often, I am trying to blog about it once a week. The boys, especially Thane who wants to be a pastry chef, really enjoy it. I do too!

Can't wait to see your posts about it!

Monica . . . said...

Can I come have some?!? Yum!

zelda said...

Oh. My. Word.

That looks fantastic. Jealous! You need pink boxes to go with your mitts so you can hand those out to friends who meet up with you in Napa.

Lindsay said...

mmmm, yummy! I am just here still working on week 4 of the TOS blog walk.....I know, very sad, I am a week bit behind LOL! I am a new follower of your bolg too!

Heather said...

Your pictures are amazing! I want a big girl camera too!