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It’s beginning to smell a lot like Christmas…

Published on December 11, 2011 | Dessert

It’s beginning to smell like Christmas…baking all the way… Christmas is upon us.  Love this time of year. The house is all decorated, the trees all made and looking beautiful, the “Santa Wish List” all prepared and checked twice, the stocking hanging from the fireplace.

Nothing says Christmas in the house like a batch of homemade cookies. That is exactly what we made today.  With the help of two little elf’s, in the kitchen we were, and mixing we did.

We started with the standard “Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie” that got a “sweet tooth” spin with white and semi sweet chocolate morsels. My little elf’s got so excited that they actually got to measure, stir, lick the bowl that they made larger cookies than supposed to and therefore we did not have the 5 dozen cookies that the recipe predicted we will have.  I had so much fun seeing their little eyes light up and how cute they were when their little finger got stuck in the dough and they had to lick their it off. That to me was priceless.

Having all this chocolate chips left, we decided to make “Dried Cranberry and Chocolate Cookies”, recipe adapted from the November 2011 issue of Food & Wine. We followed the recipe until the chips parts of. The recipe asks for semisweet or white chocolate chips. We had both and we used both.  Excellent.  The neighbors had some, the cub scout meeting got some.  I will probably have some for the rest of the week.. but then someone has to taste Santa’ cookie… right!!!

To All, have a wonderful night.




Deliciously sweet !!!




Ready for the oven.


There is no way I can only eat one.


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