The Welcoming Smell of Choc Chip Cookies

It is a typical Monday in the Kalahari….cleaning the house after a fun filled- house- full -of -teenagers- music -thumping-weekend, doing loads and loads laundry and staring into empty pantry cupboards!

Lockdown has allowed the time for rekindling friendships,creating new memories and having a daily dirty kitchen!

But, I just love seeing my children develop special friendship bonds, making true connections and seeing them thrive in their ‘tribe’. I love that their friends walk into our home and straight into the kitchen. I love the sound of the coffee maker making the umpteenth cup of coffee, the sounds of laughter filling the house and the welcome smell of (yet another) batch of fresh choc chip cookies!

Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.

Zig Ziglar

I believe a warm welcome invites connection. So until my kids are grown and gone ( or lockdown allows them to return to college), I will keep the door wide open. I will have something baking in the oven (or have enough choc chips in the pantry!) and embrace the latest music trend- because all will be quiet before I know it!

So on this Monday morning, I am making a cup of coffee and taking a moment ( between laundry and dishes) to cherish the memories of a house filled with kids. A house full of love, laughter and life! And of course, I am having another choc chip cookie!

My Favorite Choc Chip Cookie


2/3 Cup Butter

1/2 Cup White Sugar

1 Cup Soft Brown Sugar

1 Extra Large Egg

1t Vanilla

1t Baking Powder

1 1/2 Cup Cake Flour

2 Cups Coconut

Pinch of Salt

1/2 Cup Almond, chopped

3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips


1. Preheat the oven to 180C/360F and line a baking tray with baking paper

2. Cream the butter and sugars till light

3. Add the egg and vanilla and blend well

4. Sieve the flour, baking powder and salt and add to egg mixture

5. Mix well

6. Fold in the coconut, nuts and chocolate

7. Form round balls with your hands and place on baking tray

8. Bake for 8-10 minutes

9. Transfer to baking rack to cool ( or eat warm if you are a ravishing teenager!)

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

Barbara Johnson

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