December 1: Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Chocolate Chips

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Well, we have returned from Chicagoland and none of my pants fit, which generally means that Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now we are on to December.

It’s that time of year again, folks.

New website, new Youtube channel (more on that later), new Pinterest board (I’ll figure out how to put the link on here later), and a few new recipes to try.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Chocolate Chips. There has to be a better name for these.

Chocolate Chip Cookies Without Chocolate Chips. There has to be a better name for these.

To ease us into the cookie season, I’m starting with a relatively easy one: Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookies. Except, I have a friend that requested these without any chocolate chips, so that’s what I’ve done.

Mixed it all up, plopped it on a cookie sheet, and baked them. I did try to make them festive by dying the dough red, except it looked more like bubblegum, and by the time they came out of the oven, they were kind of flesh-colored (my flesh color anyway).

I’m trying something new this year (and I don’t know how long I’ll stick with it), but I made a video of myself (unshowered with no makeup, mind you) making these cookies.

This is our new kitty Gandalf. Nothing to do with cookies, but isn't he cute?

This is our new kitty Gandalf. Nothing to do with cookies, but isn’t he cute?

Here’s what you didn’t see in the video: my boys upstairs with me, Larry Potter asking if our kitten had his vet appointment this week. (New kitty is Gandalf, and he’s getting neutered on Tuesday.) I said he was, to which Hoover asked what was going on. LP described the procedure in as much detail as he could imagine, and then he and Hoover got in a discussion about what that would mean for Gandalf’s reproductive future.

Larry Potter, right before he held sex ed class in my kitchen.

Larry Potter, right before he held sex ed class in my kitchen.

And then, my smart eldest son decided to teach his little brother all sorts of biologically-based terms and phenomenon. Yeah. So now all that I’m going to remember about these cookies–Hoover skipping down the stairs shouting words that will surely have his teacher calling me about this week.

Nestle Tollhouse Cookies

(from https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/original-nestle-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/)

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks)  butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2  large eggs

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Cookies today: 62

Cookies this year: 62