kai recently flew solo on a batch of pancakes and they came out terrific. it gave him such a confidence boost. he immediately went into "what next" mode. last week he went through all of my cookie books and dogeared a few recipes. the first one was from this book::
this must have been a yard sale score of my moms. occasionally there are baking books mixed in with the weekly trinkets she delivers. check out the back cover. remember those days? over-sized denim shirt, collar up, big hair. i did that. my bangs were at least 3 inches higher though. she must have run out of aqua net::
we tried to do a "where is she now" search on google but the question remains.
kai found two recipes inside that looked interesting. here he is, mixing up marble cookies::
in this next shot he's using his left hand to support his mixer holding hand. the old "mixer cramp". that brought me back. i can remember creaming the butter and sugar with a wooden spoon when i was little. and it hurt!::
egg cracking, always a crucial moment, though he's a pro at this point::
adding the chocolate. i gave him a brief "folding" explanation but he chose to have me do that part. and i over-folded it. and felt really bad. oops. they were still somewhat marbled in the end::
i usually help kai cook and bake. i stick around. but this time he, very nicely, asked if i would let him do it himself. all of it. what? you want to make your first ever batch of cookies all on your own? okay, i'll just be right here, taking pictures over your shoulder. no pressure.
the cookies were a big hit with everyone. the kid is a natural. now he just needs to strengthen that mixing arm!