Holiday Baking!

Monday, December 30, 2013

I love everything about this time of the year. I love the lights, parties, gift exchanges, anticipation, stories and most of all - I enjoy the food! It seems as if everyone I know has a special dish that they create during this special season.

My holiday baking list is seemingly a mile long. It never appears that way when Savannah and I set out to complete our baking. However, by the fifth batch of cookies, we're ready to sit on the couch and enjoy a few cookies, buckeyes and chocolate cherry bars.

Though we have a lot treats to choose from - we seem to favor chocolate chips cookies. Savannah and I make several batches of them and change the recipe a bit for each. Some are made with white chocolate chips and others are a combination of peanut butter chips with chocolate chips. The kids love to make one large, gingerbread man, chocolate chip cookie! I love it. It reminds me of the large chocolate chip cookies my college roommate and I would get at the mall.

Chocolate Chips Cookies:


:: 3/4 cup granulated sugar

:: 3/4 cup packed brown sugar

:: 1 cup softened butter (Use butter not margarine! Your cookies will bake much better.)

:: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

:: 1 teaspoon almond extract (I began adding this a few years ago - love it!)

:: 1 egg

:: 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

:: 1 teaspoon baking soda

:: 1/2 teaspoon salt

:: 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts

:: 1 package of chips - your choice! (I switch between using semisweet, milk chocolate, white chocolate, peanut butter chips and your choice of nuts. For the white chocolate chip cookies - I do not add cocoa powder to the dough.)

Mix and Bake!

:: Preheat oven to 375ºF

:: Combine white sugar, brown sugar, softened butter, vanilla and egg.

:: Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.

:: Fold in chips and nuts.

:: Place parchment paper on cookie sheet.

:: Drop dough onto cookie sheet. I use a tablespoon to measure each cookie and round them off.

:: Bake cookies 8 to 10 minutes. I bake for 9 minutes.

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