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A Family That Bakes Together…Gets Sugar Highs Together

December 23, 2012 |

Santa’s got his reindeers all gassed up and he’s ready to hit the Skyway Highway to your home. You’ve got the stockings hung by the chimney with care, but the children are far from being nestled snug in their beds—they want to know when Santa is coming, and they want to make cookies! Let us save you some time…here’s a couple of classic cookie recipes sure to make the family, and Santa, happy.

Original NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  6. tir in morsels and nuts.

Option 1: Regular Cookies

  1. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  2. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Option 2: (This is my favorite!) Pan Cookies:

  1. Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan.
  2. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Makes 4 dozen bars.

FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (5,200 feet): Increase flour to 2 1/2 cups. Add 2 teaspoons water with flour and reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookie for 17 to 19 minutes.

Gingerbread Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vanilla frosting of your choice
  • Red and green paste food coloring

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and molasses. Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt.
  2. Gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight or until easy to handle.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with floured 2-1/2-in. cookie cutters. Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges are firm. Remove to wire racks to cool. Tint some of the frosting red and some green. Decorate cookies. Yield: 5 dozen.

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