New Tricks

One of my strongest memories from childhood is baking with my mother and grandmother.  I loved it!  We made everything from cakes, to bread, to muffins.  I think my favorite thing to make though, was cookies.   mostly because the batter tastes as good as the finished product!  It was a special time for me, spent learning, contributing and creating – all wonderful things for children to experience.  My kids love to cook and bake with my husband and I.  It is a marvelous way to share and spend time together.  And like me, my kids love to make cookies!

 

One of the downfalls of making cookies from scratch is that it is time-consuming.  It is not the mixing of the batter that takes time, but the actual baking or cooking of it.  Traditionally cookie dough is placed in balls or spoonfuls on pans a few inches apart and allowed to bake for 10-12 minutes.  This can take time as only so many cookies can fit on a pan at one time.  And because of the exorbitant amount of butter used in the dough, cookies are easily burned if left unattended.  My twin’s birthday request of a cookie cake gave me the brilliant idea of making my life easier.  When you make a cookie cake, you make dough and then put it on a baking sheet in one large cookie.  Once baked it is easy to cut the cookie into whatever size pieces you desire.  I think you may actually get more cookies out of your dough this way.  So I decided that  there is no reason not to make the cookies this way every time.   After all, who can’t use a time saver!

One Giant Cookie
One Giant Cookie

 

This recipe I found on Allrecipes.com is very good.  Give it a try and see what i mean about it being a great time saver!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Giant-Chocolate-Chip-Cookie/Detail.aspx?prop24=etaf

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie

1 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup white sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 cups chocolate chips

1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

 

Beat sugars, butter and vanilla until fluffy.  Add dry ingredients and mix until blended.  Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.  Spread on pan.  bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes.  Cool, and decorate or cut up as desired.

In the oven it goes
In the oven it goes

 

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