We decided on making our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, rather than sugar cookies. That way even Hubby would enjoy our Valentine treats. Queenie had such a good time helping me. This is really the first time I've cookies anything with her. She usually looses interest after a few minutes. But she saw this project through, from start to finish. I have to be honest, we almost ate half of them, before I got the chance to decorate any, LOL.
The first few batches were a bit big. I wasn't sure how much batter to put into the molds. Let me tell you, it doesn't take much. The last few batches of cookies were perfect, but we enjoyed eating the bigger ones.
Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks, 1/2 pound) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated [white] sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups (12-ounce package) NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla in large mixer bowl. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
BAKE in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
PAN COOKIE VARIATION: PREPARE dough as above. Spread into greased 15"x10" jelly-roll pan. Bake in preheated 375-degree [Fahrenheit] oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.
FOR HIGH ALTITUDE BAKING (>5,200 feet): INCREASE flour to 2 1/2 cups; add 2 teaspoonfuls water with flour; reduce both granulated sugar and brown sugar to 2/3 cup each. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit, drop cookies for 8 to 10 minutes and pan cookies for 17 to 19 minutes.
For Cookie Pops- press 1 Tbs of dough into greased cookie pop molds. Place lollipop sticks in center and cover with an additional pinch of dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool before removing from molds. Decorate with your favorite frosting colors, candies and sprinkles.
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