Saturday, March 17, 2012

Cookies - my downfall.

After reading about fitness challenges on different sites around the web, I decided it would be great to set one up for my family.  We are scattered around the midwest, so it was a good way to increase communication and get us moving/eating healthier.
 The first couple of weeks we had a strict no sweets for 6 days/week, but seeing that we all inherited the desire need to consume some type of chocolate each day, we changed the challenge allowing a small treat each afternoon.  'A little treat to make the meal complete.'
And these are my downfall - I purposely make them small(ish) so that when I eat 5 of them it is more like 2 'normal' sized cookies.
 Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
1 1/3 c. butter
1 1/3 c. shortening
2 c. white sugar
2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
4 t. vanilla
2 t. baking soda
2 t. salt
6 c. flour
1 c. oats
4 c. chocolate chips
  1. Cream butters & sugars until mixed & 'fluffy'
  2. Add eggs and vanilla - mix until smooth
  3. Add dry ingredients
  4. Mix in chocolate chips
  5. Chill for 1 hr. (this is important - not sure why, but my cookies always turn out better if the dough is chilled for a bit)
  6. Use small scooper (I have a Pampered Chef one) to form dough into balls, place on cookie sheet.
  7. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes
  8. Cool and enjoy
ETA: I was asked by a real life friend if it was actually baking powder that I used in my recipe because she tried them and they turned out flat.  Turns out I wrote wrong.  It should be baking SODA (sorry to anyone who made them and flopped them).  And thanks Tanya!

I often make the dough in the morning as the toddlers are eating breakfast, and then bake the cookies in the afternoon during naps.

Enjoy - I know I sure do.

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