whatever's thread (http://www.typologycentral.com/forum...s-cookies.html) made me start thinking about Christmas cooking.
I thought it would be nice to have a place for everyone to share favourite holiday recipes. I know we already have a recipe thread, but it's pretty general.
I for one am going to be baking a whole lot of cookies in the next little while...I've bought ingredients for chocolate chip, oatmeal, gingerbread, shortbread, sugar cookies, or any combination of these, so I'm well-equipped for whatever mood strikes me.
Here's a recipe for some chocolate-chip cookies that I made the other day, which my roommates absolutely loved, although I think they could be improved somehow...maybe by adding nuts, or using less flour. (Ok, chocolate-chip cookies are maybe not all that Christmas-y, but they are delicious).
2.5 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter at room temp or warmed a bit
1/2 cup shortening (I substituted butter though, since that was what I had)
1.5 cups tightly packed brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 pkg chocolate chips (350g? 12 oz? ish)
2 large eggs
1 cup chopped nuts (optional-I left them out)
Preheat oven to 375F
1. Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
2. In a separate bowl, beat butter and shortening until mixed.
3. Add sugar and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium speed until well blended. (I just used a wooden spoon)
4. Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well.
5. Add flour mixture gradually, beat slowly at first, then blend well.
6. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
7. Drop batter in 1 or 2-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart on baking sheets.
8. Bake at 375 until edges of cookies are light brown, about 10 minutes but definitely depends on size of cookies, so watch the first batch.
Makes a whole bunch of cookies if you make them fairly small, maybe 3-4 dozen, but it'd probably be more like 2 dozen if you like them larger.