Chocolate chip cookies

When it is too hot outside during summer vacation what do you do to keep the kids entertained? Baking is a great idea for kids of all ages! Here is a great recipe for chocolate chip cookies, made with my grandson yesterday.

Butter or oil (avoid oils with strong odours) – 1/2 cup
White sugar – 1/2 cup
Brown sugar – 1/2 cup
1 egg*
Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Hot water – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp
All purpose flour (maida) – 1.5 cups
Chocolate chips – 1 cup
Chopped walnuts – 1/2 cup

*Since we don’t eat eggs in our house, we used a ‘flax egg’, which is great replacement for eggs. One egg can be replaced by 1 tbsp ground flax seed dissolved in 3 tbsp water. These cookies came out perfectly with the flax egg.

Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.

Beat the butter/oil with the two sugars, until it is smooth. Add egg/flax egg and mix well, followed by vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to the batter followed by salt. Mix well, then stir in flour, chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop in large spoonfuls onto a baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes in oven. Allow the cookies to cool well before removing from the baking sheet – if you can resist them for that long!

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