Sunday, December 21, 2014

It's Christmas Baking Time!!

We have been very busy crafting and baking (and snacking) the past couple of days. Sydney had a big party this afternoon with 20 junior girls. They all brought dips to share and exchanged secret Santa gifts. Harper received a cute little craft from one of the girls in her class, and excitedly completed it in record speed for any craft set that I have ever seen.


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Carson enjoyed eating her fair share of cookie dough while my mom was not looking. She was standing on her stool at the counter and asked me to hand her a spoon. I did, and she promptly stuck it into the bowl we mixed the cookies in and ate some of the dough. She's such a little stinker. :)
 
 
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Here is the recipe we used for some pecan packed chocolate chip cookies. Because just plain chocolate chip cookies just don't cut it. Fresh pecans from my grandma in Georgia made the cookies even better. :)
 
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Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies
makes about 2 dozen
2 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup brown sugar
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 cup chopped pecans
1-12 ounce bag chocolate chips
 
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix the flour, salt, and baking soda in a small bowl. In an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the vanilla and one egg at a time until everything is well mixed. Slowly add in the flour mixture with the mixer running on low speed. Once the flour is well incorporated, stir in the chocolate chips and pecans. Drop 2 tablespoons at a time of the cookie dough 1” apart on a large baking stone. Bake for 12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown. Allow the cookies to cool for 8 minutes before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
 
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I think this cookie fits in with the holiday baking atmosphere. I used my Christmas cookie paper and Christmas cookie stickers to make a very yummy looking card. If only I could make my cut-outs look like the ones on the card....
 

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