Monday, December 13, 2010

Easy Christmas Cookies I

I am going to try to post an easy Christmas cookie recipe each day this week...

and by 'easy Christmas cookie' I mean

*under 5 ingredients
*the kids can help...if you want them too
*they are fast
*they 'taste' like Christmas without loads of work
*they fall close to the 'cookie' classification...I might have a gray line....

and what's the point of an easy recipe if no one loves it,
so my family has put themselves out there and tried everyone of these recipes...

the first recipe I just found on a recipe exchange just this past week

Dark Chocolate Chip Shortbread Bars (so this is a 'bar' but it's also a cookie)
2 cups butter* (4 sticks) softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
4 cups flour
1-2 cups dark chocolate chips

preheat oven to 350
cut butter into powdered sugar slowly adding flour a little at a time.  just work at it slowly, it will eventually incorporate all the flour (and you just might have made a flour/butter mess all over yourself and the floor!) will mix together nicely after all the flour is in and about 2 minutes of mixing.
add the chocolate chips...(and nuts if your family likes)
spray a cookie sheet and spread the dough evenly into the pan, poke with a fork very generously so that the dough will not rise.
bake for 18-30 minutes (yeah, crazy difference, I put mine in for 20 and it was just a bit too long, but the recipe I had called for 30-35 just keep an eye on yours), until slightly turning brown, (not burned like mine!)...
cut bars while still warm on cookie sheet using a pizza cutter.  let cool completely on sheet before you remove.

made these last yummy...and these may...or may not be the only ones left!!!

*yes, 2 cups of butter...yikes...but ignore how bad this is for you, and enjoy that you make them once a year!

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