Our latest Chow Bella showdown: a traditional holiday cookie exchange. Today: our final entry, Amy Silverman's "The Holidays Really Take Their Toll (House) Cookies."
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Let's face it: You've made it this far in the holiday season and all you really want right now is a stiff drink (we've got plenty of coverage to that end, here on Chow Bella). But you've got one more batch of cookies to whip up. Might I suggest a classic? The Nestle Toll House cookie.
The best part: You can't lose the recipe. It's right there on the freaking bag. I like to go to Safeway, pick up a bag of chocolate chips and use that as my shopping list.
You really can't go wrong with these, as long as you let the butter soften enough (otherwise, and I know this from experience, you'll have big lumps of butter in your cookies; or if you nuke the butter to liquid they'll be hard as rocks).
Having poor math skills can pay off sometimes.
I tried to get creative with this batch, and tossed not only semi-sweet but also white chocolate chips in the batter, along with some peanuts and pistachios I happened to have in the cupboard. Frankly, I think I prefer the original version, but these were okay, too.
Warning: M&Ms are fine to put in your cookies, but I don't recommend adding candy corn (I know, different holiday) unless you want a real mess.
Another tip for saving time: Press your dough into a well-greased brownie pan and make cookie bars. Enjoy!
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