I once heard the quote “You will find no life lessons in a cookie” and as you can imagine this quote probably originated as a pun referring to fortune cookies, famous for having a “wise” message inside (oh well! So much for eagerly cracking them cookies after eating Chinese takeout all these years). The way I see it, this quote also brings up the fact that the lessons you will learn in life won’t depend solely on an outside source, but more importantly on ourselves. In other words, our willingness to learn is imperative for actual change to occur in our lives.
I have to say I really liked that saying and used it a lot, up until I got a life lesson myself while searching for children’s books for “Little L”. In this search I ran into the book: Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons. In this book, the author shows how even the simplest of acts, like baking cookies, requires us to put into action character traits that can teach us a valuable life lesson. Even though this book is trying to serve as a whimsical dictionary for kids, as it describes traits like optimism, trustworthiness, honesty, open-mindedness, and wisdom, among others, it taught me a different kind of lesson. When learning about life, although we need to be open to doing so, we also need to be mindful about everything around us as part of the learning process. Life lessons can come in the form of a cookie, we just need to be ready, present and awake as we do life. The objects, people, and actions around us will be part of that bigger lesson. So I am now moving forward with a more inviting concept where you can indeed learn life lessons through a cookie, even if is just one bite at a time.
As you scroll down and see pictures from my most recent cookie baking experience, I also shared some of my favorite lines from this book. Enjoy!
Cooperate means, ‘How about you add the chips while I stir?
Patient means, waiting and waiting for the cookies to be done.
Respect means, offering the very first cookie to your grandmother.
Confessing means, that I’m actually the one that took the cookie.
And … one trait that I definitely want my daughter to have is:
Courage means, it was hard to admit I took the cookie, but I did it.
As you can see below something “Little L” already has down is:
Sharing (which in my own words, as learned from watching my almost 18 moth old daughter) means, giving one of your three cookies to Dora even though you know she wont be able to eat it.
To conclude, I must say these were mighty delicious cookies, thin, crisp and gooey inside which are my favorite kind. What about you? how do you prefer your cookies? Thin and crispy or thick and chewy?
- 1 cup unsalted butter (really, really soft, not cold
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup corn syrup
- 2 ¾ cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- Cream the sugars and butter together with an electric mixer
- Add egg, vanilla, corn syrup and mix well.
- Incorporate the flour, baking soda, salt and keep mixing.
- Once you have a well-combined dough, add chocolate chips and fold by hand with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- The dough will be soft so you will need to refrigerate it for hour.
- In a non-greased baking sheet spoon small balls of about ¾ inch in diameter or so. Keep them separated about an inch from each other so they don’t stick together when baking.
- Bake at 350 F for 7 minutes.
- Once out of the oven, let them set in the baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing.
- The idea is to bake the until slightly undone in the center so they don’t over bake.