Junkfood Science: Christmas Cookies!

December 14, 2007

Christmas Cookies!

December is Christmas cookie baking month. With just ten days until Christmas Eve (Santa needs cookies and milk, as everyone knows), readers are sure to be spending more time baking this weekend than reading blogs.

So, this milkshake Friday is dedicated to cookies. Here are about a thousand cookie recipes, give or take a few, for inspiration:

Christmas cookies (over 520 recipes)

What’s Cooking America — Cookies

The North Pole Cookbook

Pastry Wiz — Cookies (133 cookie recipes)

Very Best Baking — Cookies

And, there’s always everyone’s favorite:

The original Nestlé Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie

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.) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

Preheat oven to 3750 F. Stir together the flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until lightly goldern. Cool on baking sheets for a minute, then remove to wire rack to cool completely. Makes 60 cookies (or fewer if you make them saucer size).

Happy cookie baking!

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