Chocolate chip cookies teach sharing

I realized after J’s birthday that the boys have quite a few books about cookies. Here is a their stack:

Cookies and sharingIn addition to cookies being a connecting theme of each book, I realized that each of the books also discussed sharing. Cookies = Sharing. A terrific concept for toddlers and pre-schoolers alike.

I read through each of the stack of books with the boys and connected it to their learning ability.

For A (being 5), I asked him to pick out where there was sharing in each book as we read, and then why this was a good thing and what happened. I also, had him tell me if there was any times when characters did not share and what happened.

For J (being 2), we read the books together (as he shouted “COOKIE!” very loudly), and I said things like “The duckling shared, that’s good!” “See how cookie monster shared his cookie? That’s nice!” and “Oh no, the dinosaur took the cookie, how sad”.

And then of course the boys and I made chocolate chip cookies together. We split up who would get to do what, and then put the ingredients together. A said “We better make enough cookies in case we have to share”. Thankfully, we did.

Sharing chocolate chip cookiesHere is our chocolate chip cookie recipe! It turned out really tasty!

Meant to be Shared Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Makes about 20)

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp of salt

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 heaping cup mini chocolate chips

Directions:

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper.

2. With a mixer whip butter on medium high speed for about a minute. Then add sugars and mix until smooth (about three minutes). Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until blended.

3. With mixer on very low speed (I use the stir function of my stand mixer) add 1/2 cup of flour, then the baking powder, then 1/2 cup of flour, then the salt, and then the remaining 1/4 cup of flour.

4. Stir in mini chocolate chips. Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoon-fulls (I used a tablespoon size cookie scoop) onto prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.

5. Bake cookies for 9-10 minutes, or until the cookies are set around the edges, but still soft in the center (don’t over bake!). Remove from oven and let sit on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely. Store in an air tight container.

6. Share with someone while you read stories about cookies and sharing!

Mini chocolate chip cookies

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