If there is a snapshot on Monday, I'll blog. Otherwise, I won't blog again until Tuesday. I hope everyone has a great weekend. This is Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "The War on Social Security"
First, a bit of practical advice: If you have never made cookies from scratch, now really isn't the time to try. You can buy cookie dough already made.
If you want to make cookies on Christmas Eve with your kids, I really recommend that.
Otherwise, you're looking at a lot of stress as a first time cookie maker.
In addition to ready made cookie dough in the grocery store, you can also buy Betty Crocker mixes in the same type of sleeves as the instant mashed potatoes now come in. Those are dry mixes that you add liquids to (read the back instructions before you leave the store to be sure you have everything you need to make the batter).
But for those like Estelle who are desperate to disregard my advice . . .
First, do you have a cookie sheet? If not, what are you planning on cooking them on? Can't use a casserole dish. If you have a pizza sheet, you can use that and I sometimes do just because it's on top of my cookie sheets. (We have pizza more than I make cookies. And my family loves to have home made pizza because we make it better than anyone else. By that I mean nutrition wise and taste wise. But we were doing all veggie pizzas when the kids were little. Not in anticipation of a coming fashion but due to the fact that it takes a lot of money to make meat lover pizzas for two parents and eight kids.)
I'm not to waste time with scissor recipes. It takes time to learn to cut cookie dough. So forget that. If you don't have cookie presses forget about shapes like trees, etc.
First up, Haystacks.
Line your cookie sheet with wax paper. In a glass bowl, melt 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 2 cups butterscotch chips in the microwave. You do this by cooking on 1 minute, stopping, taking out of the microwave and stirring, back in the microwave for another minute and stirring, etc. You are not trying to make the chocolate bubbly, you're just trying to melt them. When chips are melted, mix in 12 ounces of peanuts and 5 ounces of chow mein noodles (the chow mein noodles are in the store next to the Chinese food). Drop teaspoon fulls of the mixture onto the wax papered cookie sheet. Cover with wax paper and cool in the fridge.
Now . . .
Molasses and Sugar Cookies.
Melt 1 and a half cups Crisco in a large pan on the stove. Allow to cool. Then add 2 cups of white sugar, followed by 2 eggs (yolks and whites) and a half cup of molasses. Beat the mixture with a spoon in firm, quick strokes. (Or use your mixer.) Add 4 cups of all-purpose flour to an empty bowl followed by 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon ground giner, 1 teaspoon ground cloves, 2 teaspoons ground cinnamo and 4 teaspoons baking soda. You can stir the ingredients or just sift by shaking the bowl lightly. Add the contents of the bowl to the pan. Stir. Place in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours. Remove from fridge. Roll dough into balls -- about the size of a cherry tomato works best. Roll the balls in sugar. Grease a cookie sheet and preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place cookie balls on the cookie sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes.
Those are two easy cookie recipes.
Again, I strongly suggest you buy prepared cookie dough if you're not used to making cookie dough and plan to make it tonight. It will be much less of a headache.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for Friday: