Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My family always had a soft spot for chocolate chip cookies, so I was always on the lookout for a yummy, soft chocolate chip cookie recipe. I tried many recipes and played around with them until I finally hit upon this winner.
1/2 c. margarine 
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 egg c.
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 c. chocolate chips

1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In a bowl of an electric mixer, cream margarine and sugars.
3. Add vanilla extract and an egg. Mix well.
4. Slowly add flour mixture until combined.
5. Add chocolate chips. Stir until just combined.
6. Drop by teaspoonfuls and bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.

Freezer tip: Roll the batter into balls. Freeze on a cookie sheet for an hour. Place the frozen cookie dough into a freezer bag and refreeze.

You can also substitute 1/2 c. of whole wheat flour for some of the white flour.
Yield: Approximately 30 cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 c. margarine
2/3 c. peanut butter
1 T. corn syrup
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg 
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 salt
sugar and chocolate chips

1. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. Beat margarine until fluffy.
3. Add peanut butter, corn syrup and brown sugar. Mix.
4. Add egg and vanilla extract. 
5. Slowly add flour mixture and mix well.
6. Roll cookie dough into balls and then roll into sugar.
7. Bake @ 350 for 10 minutes.
8. Remove from the oven and immediately place 1 chocolate chip in the center of each cookie.
Yield: 45-50 cookies

--Rena Stern

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