Monday, December 24, 2007

Cookie Extravaganza Part 2

So I've been baking up a storm. Seriously, I don't know what got into me. I must be channeling Martha Stewart or something because this is so atypical of me.

Best Big Fat Chocolate Chip Cookies (also known as the "BBFCCCs" on TheNest
2 c. all purpose flour
.5 tsp baking soda
.5 tsp salt
3/4 c. unsalted butter, melted
1 c. packed brown sugar
.5 cup white sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
2 c. semisweet chocolate chips (I used one cup of Reese's peanut butter chips and 1 cup of Hershey's dark chocolate chips)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease cookie sheets or line with parchment paper. Sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside
In a medium bowl, cream together the melted butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well blended. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in the chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon. Drop cookie dough 1/4 c. at a time onto the prepared cookie sheets. Cookies should be about 3 inches apart.
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Red's Ultimate M&M's Brand cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
.5 cup granulated sugar
.5 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups all purpose flour
.5 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
1 12 oz. package of M&Ms (since it's Christmas, I used the red and green kind--ain't I festive?)
3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. In large bowl cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy; beat in egg and vanilla. In medium bowl combine flour, baking soda, and salt; blend into creamed mixture. Stir in M&Ms. Drop by heaping tablespoonsful about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10 to 13 minutes. Do not overbake. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; cool completely on wire racks. Store in tightly covered container

Makes about 3 dozen

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