Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Chocolate Chip! Chocolate Chip!

Chocolate chip won the vote~ 11 to 5.

Last night we had a little election night fever:

My sister called and said that she and Duane couldn't wait to hear the results of Jamie's were bringing over pizza, pop and of course cookie dough to my mom's house (which ended up being the campaign headquarters). She also decided that we need to put up red and blue streamers to accentuate the fun!

After supper, Jamie opened the ballot box and counted his votes. Chocolate chip won! I then, being the mean mom that I am, made him graft the outcome and do a fake cookie college (doing rather large number math with the rest of them cheering or jeering the tv was interesting, but we made it through with no major melt downs!). It was really cool for him to see that even though the popular vote was one way, the cookie college could make the winner different. We based ours on the age of the person who voted since we didn't have enough to make a population based number (I know not entirely accurate, but heck, it got the point across!). I gave him the name of one of us, with our age and our vote. He then put all the ages in coordinating cookie columns and added them up. Sometimes it made no difference, popular vote went with the cookie college, but sometimes not....made for a good discussion on the political process!

This afternoon we made our Chocolate chip cookies....sorry no pics..too good to last that long! We bagged them up and took them to mom's neighbor hood to thank the people who voted....boy were they surprised! If your really ambitious here's our awesome recipe:

Perfectly Presidential Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup margarine
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 sm package instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups flour
8 oz chocolate chips

Cream the margarine, shortening, and sugars. Add the pudding, beat in the eggs. Mix in baking soda and 1 cup flour. By hand, mix in remaining flour and chocolate chips. Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 350 for 10-12 min (cookies are white when you take them out). Let cool on baking sheet.

Enjoy and try not to eat the entire batch at once!

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