Baby Shower Part 1: COOKIES!

I mentioned this in earlier posts, but I was co-hosting a baby shower this past weekend…I did go with the mini cheesecakes, and also with two cookie recipes I thought I should share – one a tried and true favorite, the other a new find!

First, the tried and true. Not sure where this originally came from, so I will simply credit my mother with it! Come holiday time, she spends days baking and makes truly enormous and delicious cookie platters for everyone. These were a more recent addition (in the last few years) and have since become a big hit. I tried to make them “mini” but instead they came out sort of average size, but very light and thin.

Cranberry and Vanilla Chip Cookies

 

1/2 cup margarine or butter, softened
1-1/3 cups sugar
1/2 cup egg beaters or 2 eggs
1 teaspoon imitation butter flavor
1-3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
2/3 cup white vanilla chips
 
Heat oven to 350.  Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray.  In  large bowl, combine margarine & sugar; beat until light & fluffy.  Add egg product  & butter flavor; mix well.  Add flour, oats, baking soda & salt; mix well. 


Stir in cranberries & vanilla chips.  Drop dough by tablespoons (I used
teaspoons to make smaller cookies) – 2 inches apart onto sprayed cookie sheets.  Bake at 350 for 9 – 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Cool 1 minute on baking sheet – remove & set on wire racks 15 minutes or until completely cooled.

The second batch was a new recipe straight from the Hershey’s website (I wanted to make chocolate and figured I couldn’t go wrong!). I DID successfully make these bite-size, which made a TON, but then you don’t feel so bad eating a bunch? Maybe not.

Mini Double Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) dark chocolate chips

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 350°F.2. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt. Beat butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl until fluffy. Gradually add flour mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by half teaspoons (roughly) onto ungreased cookie sheet.

3. Bake 8 minutes or just until set. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. About 4-1/2 dozen cookies.

 

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