Friday, December 6, 2013

Peppermint and Browned Vanilla Butter Holiday Chip Cookies

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Chunky, Buttery, Pepperminty....
Yes, I should be rolling out graduation cookies, snowmen and gingerbread houses.  But I needed something quick and festive.  These would be perfect for the jolly, fat man for sure!  You need to make the  browned vanilla butter ahead, but then they come together pretty fast.  I use the Ghiradelli Chips which are a little big, and I love the massive feel they give these cookies.  I also used the M & M Chocolate Peppermint, but I did notice a new white chocolate available.  You could use whatever your family loves!  I sort of adapted these after a Secret Recipe Club from way back, but this is a more manageable size and I love peppermint and vanilla together!

Mix and Match your favorite flavors!

In a small saucepan melt over medium low heat,

2 Sticks Unsalted Butter

Let it simmer gently (be careful of splatters), and the color will slowly change.  You can smell and taste the difference long before it gets brown.  Sadly, if it gets too brown, it tastes burnt.  Turn off the heat and when it no longer is bubbling, add

1 Tablespoon Vanilla Paste

Stir in, and carefully pour the mixture into a jar or shallow dish and chill until firm enough to make cookies.

One of my favorite Christmas gifts...the cake stand.

1/2# browned vanilla butter (that you just made!)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 Cups Flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 pound assorted chocolate chips, chocolate candies, whatever you like!

Cream butter and sugars.  Add egg and vanilla and mix in.  Add dry ingredients and mix in until no flour is visible.  Stir in the chips and things and drop onto cookie sheets covered in parchment or Silpats.  Bake at 350˚ for about 12 minutes.  Switch the pans from front to back and top to bottom midway in baking.  Cool on rack.  Makes 3 dozen big cookies.
What are you waiting for?!  Get in there and bake!

These old Santa cups are just a tad creepy....

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