In my household, Chocolate Chip cookies are king. But what do you do with brown cookies when you want to make them for Christmas? Brown doesn’t exactly jingle your bells, does it? Here’s an easy idea to jazz up those favorites so they will look as pretty on a holiday table as the pumpkin pie.
First, here’s my chocolate chip cookie recipe. You will need:
1 cup of softened butter
1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract (I like the real vanilla, not the artificial flavored kind)
3 cups of all purpose flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 teaspoons of hot water
1 1/2 teaspoon of Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips (1 cup of walnuts or pecans are optional)
1/2 cup powder sugar
1 small container of holiday colored sprinkles
Let’s begin making these yummy cookies. Preheat your oven to 350°
Cream together the butter, white and brown sugars.
Most chocolate chip cookie recipes do not add cinnamon, but I like the little extra zing it gives them. I use Saigon Cinnamon because it has more spices in it than just cinnamon, making the flavor extra-special.
Beat in the eggs, one by one. Add the vanilla. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add it to the mixture. Add the cinnamon and salt.
Mix in flour and chocolate chips (and nuts if you are adding them).
Roll small pieces of batter into balls, then flatten slightly and place them on an un-greased cookie sheet. Cook in the preheated oven for 9-10 minutes to make chewy cookies. When they are done, the edges will be browned, and the centers will look golden until they cool.
Place the cooked cookies on a piece of waxed paper and sprinkle with powdered sugar to make them white instead of brown. Take the sprinkles and spread them out over the tops of the cookies to make them festive. You might have to push them into the cookies so they won’t roll off. It is best to do this while they are still warm.
Arrange on a white dish or a decorative Christmas tray and devour a couple of warm cookies before sharing them with others (just to make sure you enjoy your hard work).
Merry Christmas, friends.
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