Thursday, December 24, 2015

Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's Christmas Eve!

As a kid I was always so excited for Christmas Eve.  There was always a traditional spaghetti dinner and then we always opened our gifts that night.  Christmas morning was all about Santa and his gifts.

It was also the time when mom and I got in the kitchen and made Santa his cookies. We usually made sugar cookies using old copper cookie cutters and sprinkled them with different colored jimmies and sugars.  It was always something I looked forward to each year.  

We would set out a plate of cookies and milk before I went to bed that night and Santa would always take a bite out of a cookie for me to see in the morning.  I love these traditions.

So if you are like our family and wait to make Santa's cookie until Christmas Eve I have a great new cookie for you.

Who doesn't love chocolate?  I know Santa does and I'm sure that chocolate chip cookies are a favorite of his!  This cookie is easy to put together using a little help from Betty Crocker.  The best part is dipping half the cookie in melted chocolate and decorating it with Christmas sprinkles.  So pretty!  Plus, they taste even better. These cookies bake up nice and tender, moist and a little "cakey".  They are the perfect cookie to serve to Santa!

Kitchen Tip:  Make sure to chill your dough for at least 2 hours.  The cookies will bake up much better and will not spread as much if you chill the dough prior to baking.

See how pretty they are?  And they taste even better.  I hope you enjoy these cookies.  I know that Santa will!

Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies

serves: 16 cookies

1 1 lb 1.5 oz pouch of Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
white jimmies
red sugar

Add cookie mix, butter, and egg to a large bowl.  Stir until completely combined.

Place a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet.  Set aside.  Scoop cookie dough using a 2 Tablespoon cookie scoop, or free form with your hands to form 16 cookie balls.   (Optional Step) I placed several dark chocolate chips strategically on top of each cookie.  Place each ball on the prepared pan.  Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours.  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Line several baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide the cookies among the baking sheets.  I baked 8 cookies per sheet.  Bake 8-12 minutes or until edges are set and golden brown.  Allow to cool 30 minutes.  

Once cookies are cool add chocolate chips to a microwave safe bowl and heat on 50% power for 1 minute.  Stir and continue to heat on 50% power in 30 second intervals until completely smooth.  

Dip each cooking halfway into the chocolate using a spoon to assist.  Place the cookies back onto the parchment lined baking tray.  Decorate with white jimmies and red sugar and allow to set up for about 1 1/2 hours.  

adapted from Chocolate Dipped - Chocolate Chip Cookies

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