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Chocolate Chip Cookies

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/274/57625248/files/2014/12/img_0352.jpgSo, in my previous post, I shared the sugar cookie recipe I baked for Christmas.  This post is about the second batch of cookies I made for my other cousin.  Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies?!  These cookies were a lot easier to me than the sugar cookies.  This recipe requires no rolling or refrigerating.

I also found this recipe in the “Better Homes & Garden Cookbook:  Celebrating the Promise (Limited Edition).”

Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (12 oz or 2 cups) pkg semisweet chocolate pieces or miniature candy-coated semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.  Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt.  Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl.  Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.  Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in remaining flour.  Stir in chocolate pieces and, if desired, walnuts.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake for 8 or 9 minutes, or until edges are light brown.  Transfer to a wire rack; cool.  Makes about 60 cookies.
I chose to use milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet and I omitted the nuts.  These were so good!  They seem fluffier than your average chocolate chip cookie, but nobody seemed to complain.

I only gave 16 of each cookie as gifts and then I took the others to a Christmas party on a platter with both cookies and cream puffs./home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/274/57625248/files/2014/12/img_0353.jpg

Even after all of that, I still have cookies left over.  I’m not complaining though because I have been snacking on them in between meals while I am at home on Christmas break.

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/274/57625248/files/2014/12/img_0345.jpg This is the first time I have attempted this sugar cookie recipe. The last time I made sugar cookies from a Betty Crocker mix, but this time I wanted to try something different. I decided to try making these cookies for my cousin for Christmas.  Her favorite cookies are sugar cookies with frosting.  I ran out of time for frosting, but I am glad these cookies turned out so great!

I found the recipe in my “Better Homes & Garden Cookbook:  Celebrating the Promise (Limited Edition).”

Old-Fashioned Sugar Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar

In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer on medium to high-speed for 30 seconds.  Add the 1 1/2 cups sugar, beat until combined.  Beat in eggs, cream of tartar, baking soda, vanilla, and salt until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer.  Stir in remaining flour.  Cover and chill for 2-3 hours.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Shape dough into 1-inch balls.  Roll balls in the 1/4 cup sugar to coat.  Place balls 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 9-12 minutes or until light brown.  Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.  Makes about 48 cookies.

I did have a little complication with the dough of these cookies.  They were so sticky when I tried to roll them into balls, so I tried to flour my hands after each ball, but I still ended up in a sticky mess.  Other than that, the recipe was pretty simple.  I will say that baking cookies while pregnant left me exhausted.  I made these cookies and chocolate chip cookies (recipe following) all in one day and I had to take a nap in between.  At least they got done and turned out delicious.