Monday, December 10, 2012

Cookie Exchange Made Easy

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Yield: 3 dozen
2 sticks of butter (salted) at room temp.
1 cup of granulated sugar
1 cup of brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 bag of Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups of chopped walnuts
1. In your Kitchen Aid mixer, with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. When well blended, add in the vanilla and eggs.
2. Turn your mixer off and add all your dry ingredients. Mix on low until smooth and creamy.
3. Add in your chopped nuts and chocolate chips. Mix until blended.
4. Spray cooking spray on your large cookie sheets. Spoon out, or use your fingers, to evenly disperse the dough onto your cookie trays. Each dough ball should be about 2 inches in diameter. I can fit 12 on each of my baking trays.
5. Bake separately at 375 F for 9 minutes each.
6. Let cool and then bag for your cookie exchange, gift giving, random act of kindness, etc!

     This recipe takes just a couple minutes to whip up and then a couple minutes to bake. Cookie Exchanges can be stressful and time consuming, especially when you need to bring approximately ten cookies per person attending. Going the easy route, is sometimes the best route! These cookies have such a spectacular crunch on the outer ring and such an amazing buttery smoothness in the middle. I love that they both manage to crunch and melt in your mouth all at once!
     I bough a box of "cake bases" at Micheal's about two years ago and have been slowly using them. They are a really cheap way of dressing up something that you are bringing to a potluck, exchange, etc. I also bought the cellophane from Micheal's at the same time. Using a cake bottom, cellophane, a pretty ribbon, and a homemade tag can really dress up any Cookie Exchange and make your cookies look extra special and extra yummy!

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