I love to bake! I would rather bake a batch of  chocolate chip cookies or a red velvet cake than to make dinner for my family. There is nothing like taking a  batch of  hot yeast rolls over to a friend’s house and watch their face light up. Or having a plate of warm cookies waiting on the kiddos when they come home from school. Or eating a big bowl of warm bread pudding on a blustery cold day.

It seems that people just do not bake much anymore. Maybe they don’t have time or just don’t take the time. Maybe they are intimidated by the cookbook and oven. What ever the reason is, you need to get over it!! (Wow, I feel better!)

Have you ever walked into a store or someones home and smelled something that took you back to your childhood? Like the hot rolls from your elementary lunchroom? Or the smell of pumpkin bread that reminds you of fall? Am I the only one who can be transported back to my childhood when I smell hot buttered biscuits?

The purpose of this post is to challenge you to, go to your kitchen, grab a cookbook and bake something for your family, a special friend or even the crew at work. You will be their hero, trust me! If you are not sure what to bake, start with something simple like chocolate chip cookies. I have been making this recipe for years and have adjusted it from its original version. This is the cookie recipe on the back of every chocolate chip bag in the world, I have just tweaked it a little!

Tonya’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)

3/4 cup white sugar

2 sticks real butter (softened)

2 eggs

1 t. real vanilla

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 t. salt

1 t. baking soda

1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, mix the butter and both sugars until lite and creamy with an electric mixer. Next add the eggs and the vanilla extract. In another bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients. Now just mix the dry ingredients with the creamed mixture, add the chocolate chips and voila, you just mixed a batch of cookie dough!!!! (You could just stop right here and eat the dough all by yourself and tell everyone you messed up and had to throw it away but that would be wrong…..wouldn’t it?)

Now you are ready to bake! pre-heat your oven to 350, this is very important, never start your baking in a cold oven! I always use a cookie scoop. It doesn’t cost much and it will make your cookies uniform in size and shape (you need to get one!) Scoop out your cookies on a cookie sheet and bake for 11-13 minutes. I like mine a little softer and not too done so I bake mine for 11 minutes but can bake them longer if you like them crunchy. After your cookies are done, cool them on a rack for a few minutes and then wait for the hungry crowed to follow their noses!!

I hope you are inspired to bless someone with some of your baked goodies this week! Let me know how it went or if you have any questions!! Most of all…..have fun!