Mini Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: The perfect alternative to birthday candy bags

On Saturday my youngest son will be 3 years old, I just don’t know where the time goes. My son is in a large daycare and he will be celebrating his birthday today with his friends in daycare.

I do not like making up the traditional treat bags with candy most parents give to kids on their child’s birthday. I really hate putting all those artificial colors and flavorings into my boys bodies, and feel even worse when I do it to other people’s children (Even though they do it to mine).

My answer to this is to bake little Mini Cookies and wrap them in cellophane paper, not only does it look good but it tastes much better than anything you could buy.

This first recipe is for Chocolate chip cookies inspired by the Tollhouse cookie recipe (Hard to change perfection).

Mini Chocolate chip cookies By David Green

2¼ cups all-purpose flour or 288 grams
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter or 225 grams
¾ cup granulated sugar or 150 grams
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar or 150 grams
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup chocolate chips (In Denmark you can’t buy Chocolate chips, you must either buy these chocolate buttons or in this recipe I used candy coated chocolate like M&M’s)

Preheat oven to 375° F 190°C. Cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl.

Creamed butter and sugar.

Creamed butter and sugar.

Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Now add the baking soda, and salt then mix well. Gradually beat in flour and mix until just combined. Lastly stir in the chocolate by hand so as not to break it into tiny little pieces.

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Chocolate chip cookie dough

Now you want to spoon onto a sheet tray. Because I made mini cookies I was able to get 4 rows of 5 on each sheet tray and you should be able to get about 3 sheet pans out of this recipe. Once you have place the cookies on the sheet pan you should bake them for about 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown this will depend on your oven. Be careful not to over bake or they will come out dry.

Do not overcook or they will dry out.

Do not overcook or they will dry out.

The next cookie I baked was Oatmeal Raisin cookies. This recipe is very similar to the previous one so the techniques are the same.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies By David Green

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a medium bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar and  vanilla. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; stir into the creamed mixture. Now add the flour, oats and raisins, mix until just combined.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Do not over bake.

Do not over bake.

It was a very long day yesterday I went to school, came home, baked 2 batches of cookies, and then my wife and I sat down and made 27 parcels of cookies.

Danes are very Nationalistic. The Dannebrog (Danish flag) Is used to celebrate most holidays.

Danes are very Nationalistic. The Dannebrog (Danish flag) Is used to celebrate most holidays.

 

I am sure that all of the children will enjoy them, American cookies are very popular here in Denmark. Hopefully my son had a good time at his party, and hopefully I gave you a good idea for your next party. Enjoy

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