I have been making cookies for the whole town this month, or at least that is how it feels. I managed to get 200+ dozen baked this year. I also have to admit it just about did me in. When I started out distributing the cookies years ago it seemed do-able enough, but the list has grown and grown. My girls which used to be such great helpers have too much going on in their own lives now to be of much assistance anymore. (I really should quit with where I'm going here before I break out the tears).
Whew, I'm over that. I'm not sad about it, they are just growing up and things are changing, so I should change how I do things too. I'm on the lookout for a baking assistant for next year, so start sending those applications now. I'm also hoping this person will work for unlimited cookies, so if the job sounds like something you'd be interested in, drop me a line.
I must warn you though, the job involves massive sugar consumption due to the fact there are no lunch breaks, just cookie breaks.
Toffee and Chocolate Crisps
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup toffee bits
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chips
Granulated sugar - for rolling
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
Beat the butter until soft and fluffy. Add the brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in the eggs and vanilla. Add the flour and mix till combined. Stir in the toffee bits and chocolate chips.
Shape the dough into teaspoon sized balls. Roll the balls around in a small bowl of granulated sugar.
Place the balls onto baking sheets lined with parchment or silpats.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Makes 48 cookies.
These cookies are toffee-y, chocolate-y and crispy a really nice combination. The kind once you start eating them; you just may have a hard time stopping.
I wanted to say a special "Thank You" to Becky for sending me some Christmas cheer, my eyes lit up when I saw that box of fudge with a handwritten note that it was your Mom's recipe. Becky you are the best.
I also received the cutest card I've ever seen from my friend Taylor - Dionne's daughter. She spent so much time on it and I have it up on my fridge for everyone to see. I can't even tell you how much I love things that come from the heart. I've saved many of the things my girls made when they were little and I will add this card to that collection.
I want to wish all of you Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. If I could have one wish for Christmas it would be to travel all around the world with a sleigh full of cookies. Spreading good cheer and cookie love to all of you.