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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Thick & Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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DAY 8: Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

You can never go wrong adding a thick, chewy delicious chocolate chip cookie to your Christmas plate. Cornstarch and an extra egg yolk make these soft and chewy.

RECIPE:

Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

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¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 Tbs cornstarch
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup chocolate chips (more if you like lots of chips)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 375°F.

In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, egg yolk and vanilla.

In a medium bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Beat into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.

Drop by tablespoonsful onto baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.

Makes 3 dozen cookies.

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Baking & Board Games: A Perfect Snow Day

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Baking and Board Games:
What better way to spend a mid-week, school-canceled SNOW DAY!

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With a little sledding, snow-fort making and hot chocolate sipping added to keep things balanced.

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080610 022-1Raspberry Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins (recipe below)

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RECIPE:

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Raspberry Chocolate Oatmeal Muffins

recipe from Aimée at Simple Bites

**Prep Note: the oats need to soak in the milk for 1 hour before adding the rest of the ingredients.

1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk + 1 Tbs white vinegar or lemon juice)
1 cup rolled oats
1 large egg, at room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup sugar
½ cup butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg (optional)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup raspberries or mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup dark chocolate chunks or chips

Combine buttermilk and oats in a large bowl and let stand for one hour. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.

Stir the egg into the oat and milk mixture; add brown sugar and sugar; mix to combine. Stir in melted butter. In a small bowl, combine flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, & spices. Gently fold into batter, taking care not to over mix. Gently stir in raspberries and chocolate.

Spoon batter into muffin tins. Bake until light brown and tops spring back when gently touched, about 15 minutes (they will take slightly longer if using frozen berries).

Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 12 medium muffins

 

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Making Magic Memories: Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies

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For those who spent any time growing up in the 80’s,  Magic Cookie Bars were a staple of any self-respecting home kitchen. They were one of my favorite cookies as a child: layers of graham cracker crumbs, coconut, nuts and chocolate chips, all magically bound together by the king of all ingredients: sweetened condensed milk.

Later, as a young mom, I found (in a magazine ad) the recipe for the drop-cookie version of those same bars. After making them that first time, I knew I was in heaven! All of the magic of the bars, in a portable, stackable, school-lunch packable, even freezable little package.

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The graham cracker crumbs and sweet milk make these a wonderfully soft cookie. In fact, they get softer with time. I think they taste best that first day, fresh out of the oven, when they still have a slight crispiness on the outside. Once they sit in a covered container, the entire cookie becomes soft. Still fabulous, just soft.

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Much thanks to Borden and Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk for two great recipes. Eating these cookies always makes me nostalgic for those days of making Magic with my Mom!

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RECIPE:

Chocolate Chip Treasure Cookies
(adapted from Borden Eagle Brand)

1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
¾ cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
½ cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
1-2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Mix graham cracker crumbs, flour and baking powder. Set aside. Beat together sweetened condensed milk and butter. Stir in dry ingredients. Stir in coconut, chocolate chips and nuts.

Bake on ungreased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes. Cool cookies for about 1 minute on pan before removing to rack to cool.

Makes about 3 dozen

 

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Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Chip Cookies

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DAY 3: Except I didn’t actually use chocolate chips. I used red and green Holiday Swirl chips in one batch and red and green dark chocolate M&M’s in a second batch. During non-holiday times, I would use chocolate chips (or my favorite Ghirardelli bittersweet chips).

I spent a long time trying to find the “perfect” chocolate chip cookie recipe. I know that will be different for everyone, depending on what you expect in sweetness, texture, chocolate density. This is my compilation of the best parts of several different recipes. Including an oatmeal cookie. The main differences between this and most chocolate chip cookie recipes: melted butter and ground oats. The melted butter starts to melt the sugars (but not completely) giving the cookies a wonderful smooth texture. The ground oats help to give lift and keep the cookies soft. I am definitely NOT a crunchy cookie fan.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies (Adapted for the holidays)

1 cup butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tbs vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 ½ cups uncooked regular oats (or 2 cups oat flour)
1 ½ cups chocolate chips (or holiday chips, M&M’s)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Beat butter and sugars with a mixer. Add eggs and vanilla, beating well.

In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture and beat well.

Process oats in a food processor until finely ground. Add to butter mixture and beat well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop cookies by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly on baking sheets. Then, remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

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TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS COOKIES RECAP:
DAY 1:
Swedish Peppar KaKar
DAY 2: Mint Oreo Cookies

 

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