November 14, 2008

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Everyone loves cookies! Here are some recipes to try at home. Gather the family together and make some cookies to take to the courthouse tomorrow for National Adoption Day.

The Best Ever Big Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 F.
Grease cookie sheets.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in one bowl.
In another bowl, cream melted butter and both the brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.
Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until the consistency is light and creamy.
Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt from the other bowl until blended.
Stir in the chocolate chunks by hand.
Drop 1/4 cup of dough onto the prepared cookie sheets.
The cookies should be about 3 inches apart as they spread a bit.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes at 325F or until golden brown.
Let sit on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 6 T Earth Balance
  • 3/4 C light unbleached sugar
  • 3/4 C dark unbleached sugar
  • EnerG egg replacer for 2 eggs
  • 2 T soymilk
  • 1/2 T vanilla
  • 3 C pastry flour
  • 1/4 C oat bran
  • 1/2 T baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 to 1 C chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts preferred)

Preheat your oven to 350 F.
Spray cookie sheets with oil.
Beat margarine, both sugars, egg replacer, soy milk and vanilla in mixer until well mixed and smooth.
Next, in a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients.
Mix well until it becomes a firm dough.
Cut walnut sized pieces out of dough and roll into balls with wet hands.
Place on each cookie sheet, leaving sufficient space between each cookie.
Press each cookie down slightly.
Bake for 5 minutes, turn pan around, and then bake for another 5 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool.

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