The Nanny Diaries: Istanbul

Some more nanny diaries for you, but this time combined with a recipe (:

This past weekend on Saturday I asked little one if she would want to bake some cookies and she said yes. So for Sunday I prepped by finding a simple chocolate chip recipe. Come Sunday little one and I went for a little adventure to the store – with her map in hand. Wish I would have taken a picture of the map – it was extremely detailed. Somehow it got us to the store where we picked up some of the ingredients that we didn’t have.

Upon getting home we got down to mixing! Yes she was white like a ghost from the flour and she even had a few spots of cookie dough on her face and clothes, but it was a grand time.

Now, the butter here is different than the butter back home, but otherwise these cookies were good. Not as great as the Classic Cartwright Chocolate Chip Cookie, but definitely fulfilled their purpose of taking us a bit closer to the US.

They were listed online as the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies – but a re-do with American – buttaaahh will be the true test of that. Speaking of butter – are people aware that there is movie coming out called “Butter“. Crazy. Seems bizarre. 

P.S. Shout out to for having both US and Metric Measurements!

Recipe time.


1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon hot water

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Dissolve baking soda in hot water. Add to batter along with salt. Stir in flour, chocolate chips, and nuts. Drop by large spoonfuls onto ungreased pans.

Bake for about 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are nicely browned. (definitely had to cook a little longer in the toaster oven)

Be warned – this could happen…

Cheers from a babysitter


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