It’s easy to let the stress of creating a ‘Pinterest perfect’ holiday overshadow the simple pleasures and traditions that the holiday season can bring. We get so busy decorating, planning menus, attending parties and shopping, that many of us wake up on December 26th feeling glad that it is over. By working to impress and perfect, we miss opportunities to be ‘in-the-moment’ along the way.
Most of our special holiday memories aren’t wrapped in Martha Stewart perfection. They are normal moments spent with special people. I can still feel the child-like excitement of being with my mom in the kitchen. I would hover close by, offering to measure baking powder or crack an egg, but always hoping she would give me a spoon or beater to enjoy as payment for my ‘help.’
I was her little baking assistant until Santa brought me a gift that would move me from tag-along treat maker to head baker… the Easy Bake Oven. My first creations were miniature size cookies baked to perfection in a waffle size round baking pan. I don’t remember much about the cookies, but I remember the smiles and the praise from my family as we enjoyed the treats together. Many of today’s toys are fads that last only as long the popularity of a television show or animated character. There are just a few that stand the test of time. The Easy Bake Oven is one of those toys! Why does it continue to show up at the top of so many Christmas wish lists, you may ask? Because it brings generations together to create yummy goodies and a special memory.
Imagine my delight when my five year old announced this year that the toy at the top of her list (with no pressure from Mom) is the Easy Bake Oven. I have a special feeling Santa will come through for her since she is on the ‘Nice List’ this year. I am already imagining the fun times spent together over warm cookies and a glass of milk. Our time in the kitchen won’t be a chore, but a fun experience with many little messes, but even more little smiles. We will savor the simple pleasures and share the true meaning of the season.
I hope that you take the time to create some fun for your family as well. Check out our Clabber Girl Perfectly Easy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe, specially formulated for the Easy Bake oven or try our full size Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe for the regular oven. Get started baking memories!
Perfectly Easy Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies
3 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
2 tsp. softened butte
2 tsp. water
4 tsp. mini chocolate chips
Preheat oven for 20 minutes. Grease pan.
Mix flour, sugars, butter and baking powder with a fork in a small bowl. Add water and chocolate morsels. Mix thoroughly with fork or fingers. Measure 1/2 tsp. of dough and roll into a small ball. Place ball of dough onto a greased pan. Place 6-8 dough balls on the pan. Press each down slightly with finger to ensure it is below the edge of the pan.
Bake for 9 minutes. Do not over bake. Cookies should not be brown on top.
Let cool for 5 minutes.
Repeat the process to use the remaining dough.
Yields approximately 15 mini cookies.
Creating moments that last a life time doesn’t have to mean perfection and exhaustion. We at Clabber Girl believe that it can be as simple as baking memories together. Baking brings joy to the young and young-at-heart. We were in the kitchen with you, your mother and your grandmother, and we are ready to help your sons and daughters begin baking family traditions as well.
Find more recipes for your holiday menu at www.clabbergirl.com and be sure to visit the Clabbergirl Museum and Bakeshop in Terre Haute, Indiana for a unique and memorable culinary experience.