Nestle Toll House recipe. As we were gathering ingredients I discovered that the bag of chocolate chips I had purchased a few weeks before had two thirds fewer chips in it than when I bought it. Hmmmm… I sense some taste testing went on without my knowledge. So instead of scrapping the plan I found another one of my favorite items, Trader Joes roasted almonds, with 50% less salt. I don't pay particular attention to my sodium intake, I just really like these almonds and find that they are just salty enough. Since I was going to need chopped almonds I got out one of my favorite kitchen tools, an antique nut chopper that my Mother-In-Law gave me. This tool is easy to use and clean and safe (with supervision) for the little ones to use. We added about a cup of the chopped almonds along with a third of a bag of chocolate chips.
My newest favorite kitchen tool is the BeaterBlade for the Kitchen Aid mixer. It scrapes as it mixes and makes the cooking making process a breeze.
cookie scooper. When I worked in commercial bakeries we used large cookie scoopers to make giant cookies, it has only been in the last few years that the general public has known the wonders of the scooper. One Christmas I was lucky enough to receive two of these cookies scoopers (thank you sister and sister-in-law) – so now when I scoop cookies my 3 year old helper can scoop too. It is a fast and easy process that requires little coordination.