Tis the time of year to run yourself ragged trying to match the perfect gift with the perfect person, attend holiday parties and get-togethers, and in general just running yourself ragged and make yourself and those around you nuts. I personally did the majority of my shopping online and now I'm guarding my front porch waiting for all those packages to arrive, sometimes via golf cart. Have you seen them?! I am thoroughly impressed with UPS’s thought process on that one. So since the #TheBoys and I are just chilling around the house most days believe it or not with all the “would be/ should be activities” (which I mostly get to avoid) it can get a bit tiring and boring. I have managed to finish one of my “TBR before 2015 is over books” but I was still a tad bit stir crazy the other day so I resorted to baking cookies. Yes I typed those words. I. Baked. Something. For the girl who has fleeting thoughts of opening a bakery someday she’s definitely let her baking go as of late. I cannot tell you exactly how long it has been since I last baked cookies, months I’m guessing, but I always follow the same recipe I found online years ago. But with this recipe, and just a few small tweaks, you can make several different types of cookies. So today I thought I'd share with you my go to cookie recipe in case you find yourself invited at the last minute to a cookie exchange or you’d just like to try a little something different this holiday season with your family.
The Cookie Jar Recipe
3 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
*Allow butter and eggs to adjust to room temperate before you begin combining ingredients.
*Combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl and set aside.
Using a mixer combine butter and sugars until fluffy and well combined.
Blend in eggs and vanilla to butter and sugars, mix well.
Add flour mixture until well blended.
Stir in the recipe variation of your choice.
Drop cookie dough by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove from cookie sheets, allow to cool, and try to keep everyone from eating them all at once.
**Tip bake cookies for roughly only 8-9 minutes, until they are slightly under-baked and still rising in the oven. Remove cookie sheet and gently hit the cookie sheet on a solid surface to make the cookies “deflate.” This will help make the cookies more chewy and yummy. Just warn everyone in close proximity or they will think the kitchen is crashing down.
Chocolate Chip- stir in 2 cups chocolate chips with dry ingredients.
Double Chocolate Brownie- mix ½ cup unsweetened cocoa into flour mixture along with 2 cups chocolate chips.
Double Chocolate Mint Brownie- same as Double Chocolate Brownie except add 1-2 teaspoons mint extract when adding eggs and vanilla.
Raisin-stir in 2 cups dark, yogurt covered, or chocolate covered raisins with dry ingredients.
Applesauce Oatmeal-stir in 1/3 cup applesauce and 1 ½ cups uncooked quick oats with dry ingredients.
Peanut Butter- mix in ½ cup peanut butter when combining butter and sugars.
Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate Chip- mix in ½ cup peanut butter when combining butter and sugars, then add 2 cups chocolate chips when adding dry ingredients.