Chocolate Chip Christmas Cookies
December 11, 2010 § 6 Comments
Using a spatula I creamed the butter until it was soft and pliable. (Note: I still mix by hand but if you have one of those fancy mixer dealies feel free – just don’t tell me about it because I’ll be jealous. 😀 )
Add your salt and baking powder and keep mixing. You know what? I think I’ll be asking for a stand mixer for Christmas…I’m getting to old in the joints for all this by hand crap.
Add your flour, 1/2 cup at a time until it is thoroughly incorporated. For soft chewy cookies omit about 1/4 cup of the flour – for crisp crunchy cookies add an extra 1/4 cup. This recipe actually gives a nice texture that falls in between.
Next I added my MnMs by hand – three to a cookie. Now there’s absolutely no reason you can’t just add a cup or so of the sweet, sweet candy to your dough if you prefer to. I’ve just found that it’s easier to do it this way – and you don’t end up with melted candy shell stuck to your pan.
Bake in your preheated oven for about 8 to 12 minutes. Again, the cooking time also effects how chewy or crispy your cookies come out so the low end for chewy, a little longer for crispy.
Let the cookies cool on a rack before serving or packaging. Okay, you can have one right away – quick hurry though before the kids see. These cookies are for giving though so I let them cool completely before packaging them.
Along with this tin of cookies, the receiver is also getting a Cookies for Santa plate to go with them. I know, aren’t I a clever monkey? At first I was discouraged to find that I have absolutely no Christmas ribbon, but I do have plenty of red and white yarn and so I improvised.
Now, suppose you didn’t feel like standing in front of an oven all day to bake up that whole batch of dough? I’ve thought of that too…
Slap a wad of dough onto a piece of wax paper and sprinkle lightly with flour.