Becoming a Closer Family Through Baking And Giving

Posted on Oct 1 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

This month, the blog is all about families. Check out this post to see the lineup for the month & see the posts that are already up. These are just suggestions that have helped our own families grow closer, but maybe they’ll help yours, too. 

When I was growing up, Sunday was cookie day. Every Sunday when we got home from church, my dad would help my siblings and I make chocolate chip cookies. Each Sunday we made hundreds (at least it seemed that way to me.) My favorite part about it was after they were all made, we would deliver them to neighbors. Every week, five or six lucky neighbors would receive a plate full of cookies. 

This activity taught me more than how to bake. It take me how to serve. It taught me how to serve with my family. My brother and I would go to which ever specific neighbors and give them a plate full of my dad’s famous cookies. Their eyes would light up and I felt so good. It was a little thing, but we did something nice for someone else. peanutbutterchocolatechipcookies2 copy

I feel like this activity gave me a good feeling toward service. Service to me wasn’t digging holes or moving people or clearing rain gutters. It was making delicious food and sharing it with others. Then, when other service was needed as I got older, I was already happy to give it. 

I would really like to continue this tradition with my own family. My kids are still little, so they don’t understand the giving part yet, but we still like to make cookies and share them with everyone around us. I came up with a little variation of my dad’s cookie recipe that we love. I’m excited to share it with you today. I hope you make some and share them with someone else! 

By the way, the secret to good cookies is mixing by hand. No cheating with a hand mixer! 


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
A delicious chocolate chip cookie with a hint of peanut butter
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  1. 2 1/4 cup flour
  2. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  3. 1 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup peanut butter
  5. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  6. 1 cup granulated sugar
  7. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  10. 2 cup chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, and mix together
  4. Add chocolate chips
  5. Place on greased cookie sheet in balls about 2 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 8 minutes, or until edges are just turning gold.
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  1. Gaye October 2, 2013 at 9:34 am - Reply

    Wow, what a great idea. Your Dad was a smart man!

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