Project of the day: delicious tokens of appreciation
Well hello again! It’s been some time because I’ve been busy applying to, getting into, visiting, deciding on, and settling things with graduate school. It was quite a process, and many people helped me out in tons of ways–rides to the bus station, letters of recommendation, listening to me agonize over pros and cons… And so I had a lot of people to thank. As I said to one friend after she dropped me off at the bus station yet again, “I owe you such a cookie!”
And so I made her, and the rest of my kind friends and advisers, such cookies! And they turned out so well I thought I’d share : )
These are fun and easy to completely personalize. You can mix in chocolate chips like a traditional cookie, but I like to scatter a nice chocolate bar or small candies across the top. Raspberry filled dark chocolate? Caramel filled white? Or M&Ms, small peanut butter cups… pick something you know they’ll love. After all, its a cookie just for them! If frosting is more up their alley, you could write their name or decorate it with things they like. Be creative!
Thank you cookies
This is basically traditional chocolate chip cookies, but Huge and with any kind of chocolate you want. So of course, you can follow the original recipe (right off the back of the chocolate chip bag), plop them on the sheet in a normal size and get normal cookies. But that’s not as much fun.
note: If, like me, you only have one cookie sheet, you can plop one in a pie plate, casserole dish, cake pan, 9×13 pan… anywhere it fits.
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 370°F.
Beat butter and sugars together in a large bowl. Add vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each.
Add the flour, baking soda, and salt on top and gently stir the dry ingredients together, then fold into the wet below until mixture is fairly uniform.
Divide dough into four equal parts. Pat each into a ball and flatten slightly in the middle of a cookie sheet (one cookie per sheet. see note above). Press chocolate on top. Crowd the pieces, they will spread as the cookie bakes and expands.
Bake for about 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown and the center is soft but not doughy. (It will take longer if you’re baking in a glass or ceramic dish).
Let cool 15-20 minutes until they’re firm enough to take off the pan with a spatula. Let cool all the way before wrapping in foil or cling wrap to deliver to the ones deserving your appreciation.