The other Sunday my husband was headed off to an evening meeting with the scouts at church and Jackson, my 8-year old, desperately wanted to make some cookies dad could take with him. How could I argue with that? Except I was running around the kitchen trying to get dinner on the table and there was a baby that needed feeding and just then my five-year old with very low coping skills accidentally ran headfirst into the counter and the remaining charges were practicing half-nelsons in the living room and the general chaos of home made me declare, somewhat unfeelingly, that if Jackson really wanted to make cookies for dad, he would have to figure it out on his own. It just wasn’t a huge priority for me at that moment (sorry, Brian, good thing you have a caring child to look after you!).
And figure it out he did! A quick google search and he came up with these beauties and no kidding, he made them all by himself just in time to send a plateful with his very happy dad. They were such a hit with the scouts and adults at the meeting that Jackson actually got several phone calls later that night with rave reviews about the cookies. The kid was beaming. And rightly so. (Brian later reported that no one at the meeting believed him that Jackson had made the cookies all by himself so Brian had to whip out the ol’ double-duty-triple-action-Scout-oath-swear-thingy so they knew he was serious. They should have remembered that boy scouts are always honest. Jeez.)
Here’s the great thing about these cookies – first, they are adaptable. Sub peanut butter chips for the white chocolate or make them ultra decadent and use semisweet chocolate chips. Second, they are really straightforward and easy to make. No crazy, high-tech cookie secrets here. And third, they are tastefully simple yet elegant and pretty enough for any cookie exchange or holiday tray. So yeah, my 8-year old made them by himself, but that doesn’t mean these should be relegated to ‘kid only’ cookies. They are awesome for everyone anytime of the year!
See all of this year’s Sugar Rush treats HERE.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 7 ounces white chocolate, chopped (or use 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 350° F. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in white chocolate. Drop by well-rounded tablespoons onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
- Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until the edges are set but centers are still soft. Cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.