Introducing Cooking With Caitlin–Kids in the Kitchen

My 11 year old daughter Caitlin has been asking to bake a lot lately. After her creation yesterday I offered her to be a regular guest blogger on Close to Home. I have mentioned before I really believe it is important not only for your kids to watch you cook in the kitchen but also to let them get down and dirty. We have an agreement, if she cooks, she cleans and she is also writing her own posts.

So with no further ado, here is her logo and first recipe, Chocolate Chip and Butterscotch Cookies for her series Cooking with Caitlin.

Hello, my name is Caitlin. I am the blogger behind the segment on Close to Home called “Cooking with Caitlin”. I like to share baking recipes, tips, and idea. I try to post new recipes every other week. I love to bake anything from homemade cookies to a yummy moist cake. I also love soccer, sports, and art. I try to bake something new as much as possible. I am in 5th grade. I hope you like my tips and recipes.

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For my first recipe decided to bake everyones favorite, chocolate chip cookies. But I added a little twist. Instead of just chocolate chips I added butterscotch also for a yummy twist. I adapted Martha Stewart’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies.

Chocolate and Butterscotch Cookies Recipe

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs-room temperature
  • 2 cups (about 12 ounces) semisweet and/or milk chocolate chips I used 1 cup dark chocolate chunks & 1 cup butterscotch chips

First I would take out 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) to get to room temperature. I would recommend this because it usually makes for better results for any baking recipes. Then preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Then you whisk together in a small bowl 2 1/4 cups of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and hold it aside for future steps. 

Next in a In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the cup of butter with 1/2 cup granulated sugar and a cup packed light-brown sugar; beat on medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low; add  1 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract, and 2 large eggs Beat until well mixed,  for about 1 minute. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips.
For my recipe is substituted one cup of chocolate chips for a cup of butterscotch chips. You could substitute the chocolate chips for your favorite chocolate candy, white chocolate, nuts, or M&Ms. 

Next Drop heaping tablespoon-size balls of dough about 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with Reynolds parchment paper. The parchment paper helps for an easy clean up and prevents the cookies to stick to the pan.

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Then bake the cookies for 8-10 minutes for best results. Then take them out and check just to make sure they are done. If you think they are done put them on a drying rack to cool off.

I just want to point out that the parchment paper helps the cookies just slid off the pan with no mess.

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The cookies are great warm. But the cookies are still good at room temperature. This is a great recipe for the whole family to enjoy and I hope you keep readings my future posts–Caitlin 

What do you like to add to your cookies?

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  1. I add raisins to mine alot of times. It great that you like to bake – keep up the good work. My 4 year old grandson love to help me bake too. Good luck in your baking future sweetie

  2. I’m gonna try using the butterscotch chips. Sounds really good. Bet their good with a chocolate cookie base too.

  3. Thanks For Sharing The Recipe Caitlin these look like they turned out amazing.

  4. You had me at butterscotch! Sound delicious. I’ll have to give them a try.

  5. I am totally loving this recipe! Thank you for sharing. I can’t wait to see what else you come up with in the kitchen Caitlin!! Your logo is absolutely adorable too!!

  6. The cookies look wonderful! Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  7. Great job Caitlin – those Iron Chef’s have nothing on you!! YUMMY!!

  8. This is a great twist to chocolate chip cookies. I am adding parchment paper o my shopping list. Thank you for the great tips! You are off to a great start.

  9. Thanks Caitlin for the recipe. I will have to try them. I love Butterscotch!!! Look forward to your next recipe.

  10. Yummy,I love when our kids love cooking. My 13 yr old son loves to cook also.

  11. These sound so delicious! Great post, Caitlin!

  12. Those look delicious Caitlin! My hubby is a huge butterscotch fan & these cookies are a great way to make everyone happy in my house. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next!

  13. Love the cooking with Caitlin!! And those cookies look so good!

  14. Love the first cooking with Caitlin! Great job too those cookies look delish!

  15. Yum! I love baking and these look great!

  16. those look so good,I will have to bake some soon and give them a try!

  17. Oh goodness, chocolate and butterscotch. Two of my favorite things jammed into a cookie. YUM!

  18. Those cookies sound really good! I usually use aluminum foil to drop the cookie batter on (greased of course)-forgot all about parchment paper! Thank you for the reminder!

  19. Great job Caitlin, lease look yummy! Going to have to make these.
    Marcie @ I Gotta Try That

  20. Awesome post! I will be adding these yummy cookies to my recipe book, love that you used light brown sugar! Thanks for sharing!