Sunday, November 21, 2010

Best Cookie Base

The Christmas cookie prep continues this weekend with my absolute favorite cookie base. This dough is perfect for adding in just about anything, and it's a great big batch that results in about 4 dozen cookies.

Here's the recipe for the dough:

1 cup butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups oats
approx 3 cups "add-ins" (see below)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugars. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl, then add to butter mixture, when the flour is almost completely incorporated, add the "add-ins". Mix until everything is evenly distributed. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet (the cookies will spread to about 2 in across so spread the balls out) and bake 8-12 minutes. Or until golden brown and delicious.

The great thing about this dough is you can mix in just about anything from the pantry and come up with a great cookie. Here are some of our favorites

Hootie Cranks
2 cups white chocolate chips
1 cup craisins

Oatmeal Raisin
2 cups raisins
1 cup walnuts

Chocolate chip
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup walnuts

Oatmeal Scotchies
3 cups butterscotch chips

Chocolate Peppermint
replace 1 tsp vanilla for 1 tsp peppermint extract
1 1/2 cups smashed up candy canes
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips (or peppermint chips)

Oh gang, the options are endless. Hooray for cookies!

The wee one, last Christmas.

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