Chocolate Chips (in Cookie Form)

Small confession; I am not a terribly skilled baker. Results are consistently middling to fair.

This, I blame on the fact our family doesn’t really enjoys cakes or cookies, etc. and therefore, I don’t get a tonne of practice. On the odd occasion I do get a request for something requiring the holy trinity of ¬†butter/flour/sugar, a low-level sense of panic sets in. Is this going to be a re-run of “Tooth-Chipping Brownies”? Another episode of “Cake Masquerading as Doorstop”? I swear the term hot-mess was coined for my adventures in baking.

To compensate, I have managed to work out a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that is quick, simple, and seems to provide consistently good results. That may have something to do with the ridiculous amount of chocolate chips I cram into these cookies, but hey – I will take the wins where I can get them.

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Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, not too soft
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (or the whole bag – up to you)
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (the quick cooking type)

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As a matter of fact….

…that is bacon in that pancake.

I have mentioned once or seventeen times that one of my children is not an enthusiastic eater. This wavers from amusing anecdote to gross understatement, depending on factors I have yet to be able to determine and/or anticipate. Some days are better than others. He and I will occasionally make lists of things that he will eat. We both know that these lists are largely based in fiction Рhe throws in a few extra items to make me feel better and I pretend to believe him to make me feel better.

However, there is no such debate about his beloved bacon. If I could find a way to incorporate bacon into every dish, my child would probably wear his pants a size or two bigger. Which brings us to the photo…

Every Sunday morning, I make pancakes and bacon. Every Sunday morning, I watch my son horde all of the bacon and then proceed to scrape his pancakes into the garbage bin after he has spent an enough time pushing them around his plate so as not to seem rude or ungrateful. So last Sunday, I had what I thought was a brilliant idea. I would marry the pancakes and the bacon. Surely was he was digging out the bacon, he was bound to get a little pancake into his system.

This pancake recipe is my weekend go-to. The batter has a consistency that allows all sorts of fantastic add-ins; chocolate chips, bananas, grated apples (included here), various berries and yes, bacon. It is also easily doubled.

Weekend Pancakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large apple – peeled, cored and grated
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted and then cooled