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Cookie baking moment with my baby girl.  As a mom, I feel nothing bond a mother and a daughter like baking together.  I feel it is important to create a good, strong and trusting relationship with our kids at an early age. My daughter is now 3 ½  but even when she was a baby, I made sure that she always felt love and we always had time for her, no matter how busy and hectic my life and my husband’s life can be at times.  From taking her to the park to play “kick” (her name for soccer/football), to get gelato,  to running in the shopping centre (her version of shopping),  to baking together at least once week, bring her and I even more closer together.  I see how strong and confident she is, even at this young age.  Everyone tells me that she and I have a strong connection with each other that is very special.  I’m very proud of that connection I have with her.  It is important for me to continue to build that bond with her.

We both love cookies, especial chewy, soft cookies and I also love oatmeal. So I decide “our thing” to bake together would be cookies. Oatmeal isn’t every popular here in Italy, especially putting it in cookies, I’ve made it popular and liked in my Italian family’s life.  When we (my daughter and I) make these cookies, everyone here, loves them and can’t get enough of them.  I have to say, they do taste really good, not too sweet and stays chewy and soft for a long time.  But in my family when we make these cookies, they don’t stay around for too long. What can I say, my Italian family does love their “dolce”. 🙂

Ingredients:

–         1 cup butter, softened

–         1 cup packed light brown sugar

–         1/2 cup white sugar

–         2 eggs

–         2 teaspoons vanilla extract

–         1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

–         1/2 teaspoon baking soda

–         1 teaspoon salt

–         2 – 3 cups quick-cooking oats

–         1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 165 degrees C.  Line baking sheet with baking paper.

2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth.

3. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla.

4. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

5. Stir into the creamed butter sugar  mixture until just blended.

6. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips.

7. Drop by heaping spoonful onto baking sheets.

8. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven.

 

Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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