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I had some butter I needed to use up, so my boyfriend requested that I make cookies (as usual!). He is the cook and I am the baker, I suppose, lol. I do like to bake, though, so it is definitely a hobby of mine. :)
I saw a recipe for Mix & Match Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Food Network Magazine Kids insert that came in my September issue of Food Network Magazine. It was basically a five-step recipe that you could alter to suit your preferences for nearly every step. Some of the example "mix and match" cookies were: chocolate chip cookies with yogurt chips and strawberries, double chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks, and oatmeal cookies with white chocolate chips and raisins. Those all sounded good, but I also had some peanut butter-filled pretzel snacks that needed to be used up, so I used those as my "mix-in"!
Here are the ingredients and directions to make these cookies:
<ul><li>1 stick softened butter</li>
<li>1/3 cup light brown sugar</li>
<li>1/3 cup granulated sugar</li>
<li>1 tsp vanilla</li>
<li>1 1/4 cups flour</li>
<li>1/2 tsp baking soda</li>
<li>1 cup chocolate chips</li>
<li>1 cup smashed-up peanut butter pretzel snacks</li></ul>
<ol><li>Beat the butter and sugars in a bowl with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat.</li>
<li>Whisk flour and baking soda in a bowl; add to the butter mixture and beat until just combined.</li>
<li>Stir in chocolate chips and peanut butter pretzel snacks.</li>
<li>Preheat the oven to 350 F. Scoop rounded tablespoons of dough and roll into balls. Arrange on parchment paper-lined baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Press flat with the palm of your hand. Bake until the bottoms of the cookies are golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to racks to finish cooling. Makes 24 to 32 cookies.</li></ol>
I changed the original recipe quite a bit - I omitted the 1/2 teaspoon of salt it called for as the pretzel snacks had salt on them already. I couldn`t avoid using unsalted butter, which the recipe also called for, since I didn`t have any. :P I also didn`t refrigerate the cookies before baking, and flattened them out before putting them in the oven. The original recipe called for the dough to be left in a ball shape, but I had tried this recipe before using that instruction and the cookies didn`t work out nearly as well. I`m glad I made these tweaks as the recipe turned out really well this time! =)
<strong>Do you ever make cookies at home? What`s your favourite kind of cookie?</strong>
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