My grand-girl Ella is a very good baker for being only 10 years old.  She is very precise at measuring and extremely good at reading and understanding recipes.  And she really knows her way around the kitchen.  For the past couple of years she has been entering baked items in the Illinois State Fair.  I thought it would be a great idea for us to start the New Year off with a fun, learning baking challenge.  So, we have initiated the Ella and Grandma Pat’s Big Baking Adventure.  Our goal is to try a new recipe twice a month and to keep a detailed journal of each baking experience.

Our first recipe, White Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Here is the recipe.


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking soda

¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened

¾ cup granulated sugar

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) white chocolate chips


PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

COMBINE flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl.  Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in flour mixture.  Stir in chips.  Drop by well-rounded teaspoon onto ungreased or parchment-lined baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until centers are set.  Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

The general consensus of our panel of taste testers (Grandpa Murray, Dad Corey, sisters Lainey and Nora and brother Henry) is a big thumbs up for these cookies.  Ella and I agree.  They are very good.

And here we are with our cookies.  We tried to take a selfie with Ella holding up a couple of the cookies, which covered up my face, which might not be so bad!!!  We recruited Lainey, my oldest grand-girl and Ella’s big sis, to be our photographer.  Thanks, Lainey!  Good job!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Stay tuned for more baking adventures!

Until next time,






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