Holiday Baking Cheat Sheet

holiday baking cheat sheet

I love baking this time of year, and with my huge list of all of the different Christmas cookies and other delicious treats I want to bake, I’m always afraid that I’ll run out of the basics.  While we always have plenty of granulated sugar on hand, I often find myself having to plan out special trips to make sure I have enough flour and brown sugar, but not any more!

Now, I total up the amounts of sugar, brown sugar, flour, butter, eggs, etc that I need to make all of my recipes and then buy enough ingredients in 1 trip to the store.  I keep this little cheat sheet printed out in a few places … inside my favorite cookbook, in the pantry, and even directly on the sugar & flour canisters.

Go ahead, PIN it now, print it out, and make sure you don’t run out of these basic baking essentials this holiday season (or any other time you feel like doing a lot of baking).

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{Cookie Swap} Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

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I have a thing for chocolate chip cookies. They are simply wonderful and take me back to many Christmas cooking baking sessions with my mom and brothers. Chocolate chip cookies are a classic, and you can’t have a cookie swap without at least a few of these yummies in your tin!

3 1/2 sticks of softened butter
1/4 cup Crisco shortening
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
4 extra large eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp of vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp kosher salt
4 cups of chocolate chips (I prefer Ghirardelli bitersweet chocolate chips)

Preheat your oven to 375.

In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt & baking soda. Use a whisk to blend together. Set aside.

In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream the butter & shortening together, using a paddle attachment, until well incorporated. Add the sugars, and beat until light and fluffy. Next, add the eggs & vanilla, and continue to beat until well incorporated. At this point, you can not over work the mixture and the addition of more air will make for a more tender cookie.

Next add the flour mixture. I tend to dump it all in at once, and then turn the mixer on its lowest setting. Make sure most of the flour is incorporated before you turn the mixer on high or you will have a lot more cleaning to do as the flour will go flying everywhere.

Once the flour is fully incorporated, remove the bowl from the mixer. Add the chocolate chips, and stir in by hand using a wooden spoon. Be careful, since the dough is dense, you could end up breaking a spoon or spatula with a weak handle (I unfortunately know from experience).

Drop the dough onto baking sheets lined with either parchment or silpats, using a 1 tablespoon dough scooper, and place the dough balls about 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 for 9-11 min.

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Our virtual cookie swap, hosted by Raising A Family On A Budget, is in full swing!  Take a taste of these delicious recipes to get you through the holiday season.

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