I was just putting together a list of things I want to do while I’m visiting my family in Florida for the holidays. I’m going to be down there for a full two weeks and my list of things to do has gotten pretty ambitious. But one thing that is non-negotiable: baking.
My mom is a great baker and I love spending time with her in the kitchen. Two of our tried and true recipes are chocolate chip cookies and sugar cookies. The chocolate chip recipe is basically the Tollhouse recipe with one minor adjustment and the sugar cookie recipe is from her best friend’s grandmother. (It’s the best ever.)
Now this is kind of a repost… I hope you don’t hate me! I’ve shared both of the recipes before but I wanted to bring them back to life for the holidays. Both are great things to bake. Whip some up for gifts, something to do in the afternoon, your contribution to holiday dinner. I personally baked three batches of chocolate chip cookies to go along with my end-of-the-year thank yous. (I got a kick out of dropping a tin off at the vet and saying, “These are from Ham and Ted!”)
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES:
4 cups of flour
3 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/3 cup of Crisco
3 teaspoons of vanilla
8 teaspoons of milk
1. Preheat oven to 350.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. Blend sugar, Crisco, vanilla, and eggs
4. Add flour mix to sugar mix
5. Add milk, one teaspoon at a time
6. Mix until blended. Divide into two parts, wrap each in wax paper. Chill for one hour.
7. Roll out, cut out, and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Cool, ice, decorate.
– My mom is a purist and glazes her cookies. It’s a quick mix of butter, vanilla, powdered sugar, and milk.
– The dough is unbelievably tough to mix well, but worth it. Just consider it your afternoon workout.
– When rolling out, put a sheet of wax paper (+ flour!) between the rolling pin and your dough. Work in batches!
Enjoy!! Don’t forget to Snap or Tweet me pictures of the final products!