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Best-Ever Cookies

Posted By elizabeth On July 12, 2009 @ 2:00 am In Books For Cooks | 3 Comments

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Purchase book: Best-Ever Cookies [2]

Lots of brand name cookbooks seem forced. The company is desperate for you to purchase their products and willing to concoct very creative (read: unappetizing) recipes in order to encourage you to do so. Some products are just not as versatile as their manufacturers would have us believe.

However the dessert possibilities with chocolate chips are truly endless and Nestle’s best-ever cookies makes great use of them. If you like chocolate with your peanut butter, try these cookies:

Chunky Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¾ cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (I use a pareve non-Nestle brand but don’t tell them!)
½ cup coarsely chopped peanuts (I usually leave these out but it’s up to you)

Combine flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in small bowl. Beat butter (or margarine!), granulated sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter in large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and peanuts. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Press down slightly to flatten into 2-inch circles.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 7 to 10 minutes until edges are set but centers are still soft. Let stand for 4 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

If you can’t get enough chocolate, try the double chocolate dream cookies. My 13 year-old son’s been making them for years whenever he’s in the mood for cookies and no one else is willing to do the work for him!

Double Chocolate Dream Cookies

2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Baking Cocoa (I actually usually have Hershey’s in the house)
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels (or your own pareve substitution)

Combine flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter (or margarine), brown sugar, granulated sugar and vanilla extract in mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in eggs about 2 minutes or until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake in preheated 375 degree oven 8 to 10 minutes or until puffed. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 4-1/2 dozen cookies.


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