March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! I love this holiday and thought I would make a treat to celebrate. This is a pretty generic Chocolate chip recipe but they are delicious and you can make a lot of variations with different flavors of chips. Since my husband can't eat chocolate I buy pretty much every kind of non-chocolate chip and they all taste good in here. Guittard mint, peanut butter, Reese's Pieces, and Andes Mint chips are all great in here. I usually mix up all the dough and then portion out about a 1/4 of the dough at a time and make lots of different flavors (make sure you don't store the mint cookies with the others though, or your peanut butter will get a little mint flavor bonus!)

Best Chocolate Chip Cookies
3/4 C. Sugar
3/4 C. Brown Sugar (I like dark brown)
3/4 C. Butter, softened
Cream butter and sugar until very light and fluffy (you want the sugar to start to dissolve while it's creaming so it doesn't melt in the oven)

Mix into creamed mixture:
2 t. Pure Vanilla Extract
2 Eggs

Add dry ingredients and mix until just blending:
2 1/2 or 3 C. Flour (it's okay if the dough is a little moist, you don't want too much flour and cakey cookies)
1 t. Baking Soda
1/2 t. Salt

Add whatever chips you like, scoop out the dough (use a cookie scoop for pretty and easy cookies!), and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes (325 convect, 9 minutes). I like to kind of squish my cookies with a spatula before baking so they come out a little thinner but that's a personal preference.

If you have more dough than you need try scooping the extra out and freezing the balls of dough- then you can just toss them on the pan and bake later.

Good flavor combos:
Chocolate chip and white chocolate chips mixed together
White chocolate chips with Craisins and nuts
Mint chips with melted chocolate or cocoa powder to make a dark chocolate cookie dough
Chocolate chip and peanut butter chips mixed together

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