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Are You Cold?

January 4th, 2009

When Old Man Winter descends over the Great Plains, it can feel mighty cold!  Comfort foods, baked goodies, and a warm, working oven are most inviting.

Maybe you live in a warmer climate and are not so affected by January’s ice.  Even so, the chances are good that people in every weather pattern love to eat cookies!

Since today was foggy, gloomy, damp, and COLD, my favorite husband, The Normanator, took a notion to bake chocolate chip cookies.  He spied a recipe on the Gold Medal flour sack that struck his fancy.  It made 6 dozen beauties and filled the bill when it comes to comfort food!

This recipe will provide you with six dozen susbstantial, good-sized cookies:

Extraordinary Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla

2 eggs

4 cups Gold Medal all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 cups semisweet chocolate chips (Norm only had 3/4 cup and we thought that was plenty)

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  In large bowl, beat butter, sugars, vanilla and eggs until light and fluffy.  Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.  Dough will be stiff.  Stir in chips.

On ungreased cookie sheet, drop dough by tablespoonsful or ice cream scoop 2″ apart.  Flatten slightly.

Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until light brown.  Centers will be soft.  Cool 1 or 2 minutes then remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack.

If you live in a high altitude (3500 to 6500 ft) Bake for 10 – 12 minutes.

Nut lovers will want to add 1 cup coarsley chopped nuts when adding the chips.


Cooking Tip:

If you have no cooling rack, the cookies can be spread out on clean tea towels or newspapers.  We save our junk mail for this purpose.


All righty, then, we have dessert and snacks covered with tasty cookies…The Dinner Diva can help you with your main dish menus, even if you use food stamps, food commodities and food pantries to fund your grocery purchases.  We hope you will click on the banners to the right of this post for the wonderful things she has in store!

We are eager to hear from you!  You are welcome to post a comment, or you can email us at .  We also encourage you to visit Food Stamps Cooking Club!

Connie Baum