Baking with Children is Always Fun!

With children being home from school and day cares and possibly even summer camps, it’s imperative to find activities to engage their minds and bodies.    For working moms, the challenge is much tougher.   Even though my photography business is currently closed, I am STILL working behind the scenes so that when I reopen, not only will everything be even safer than before, but the Miss Z experience will be even better.  For those of you that have enjoyed a Miss Z Photography experience prior to the pandemic, you already know how fastidious we were with cleaning and safety, as well as ensuring your experience in general was stellar. So I’ve been busy working on making sure that all of those aspects are even better than before!

While, the girls and I often have impromptu dance parties (I force them to dance to 80’s music with me – ha!) and I have just enrolled them in Zoom martial arts classes, they need more stimulation besides those activities, daily school work and walks around the block.   Fortunately, I love to bake.   So I asked them what they wanted to bake and the answer was unanimous – “cookies”.  

For me, the best part of baking, is doing it from scratch (although, licking the bowl is a pretty close second).   

So yesterday, we made the best and biggest chocolate and peanut butter chip cookies.  

But even better than baking, licking the bowl and eating the fattening decadence, was the time spent with my growing girls.   Watching the joy they had participating and seeing the accomplishment they both felt, when I looked at their faces, was priceless.   

So, please enjoy the gallery from our baking fun.  

The recipe is just something I grabbed from 

These cookies are the pinnacle of perfection! If you want a big, fat, chewy cookie like the kind you see at bakeries and specialty shops, then these are the cookies for you!

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15 mins
1 1/2 dozen


Ingredient Checklist

Step 1
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.

Step 2
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Step 3
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.

Step 4
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.


Miss_Z_HeadshotAbrah, aka “Miss Z”, aka “The Baby Whisperer”,  is a multi award winning and internationally published maternity, newborn, baby and child photographer. She offers business heads shots and teaches camera and editing classes as well. Her clients come to her from all over New England including Boston, Providence, Cape Cod as well as all over the Southcoast – New Bedford, Dartmouth, Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Rochester, Marion, Middleboro, Wareham, Westport, Fall River, Somerset, Swansea, Berkley, Freetown, Taunton, Raynham and beyond. When she’s not capturing gorgeous images for her clients, she’s enjoying chasing after her two daughters and tabby cats, Sunny and Stormy. Abrah also enjoys listening to and dancing to 70’s and 80’s music and running (slowly) 5Ks.