I’m getting an early start on my “Easter Egg Hunt for Money” baking. These crunchy cookies will be going home in goodie bags that I have made for “The Hunt” participants. Brenna even helped me with the custom tags I placed on each goodie bag, if you can call playing with the ribbon helping. There’s nothing like chasing a spool of ribbon around the floor as a cat bats it back and forth. Luckily she just had her nails cut last week, so no real damage was done to the ribbon. I’m not sure I can say the same for B.O.B. Bob’s arms.
At first this cookie may just look kind of boring, like there’s nothing very special about it. Not so. These cookies are made with a very special ingredient, which I went through a bit of annoyance to get. I work with a lady who also happens to have a part-time job working at See’s Candies, and she gave me a bag of their Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips as a gift. First of all, these are the largest chocolate chips I’ve ever seen; we’re talking jumbo size piles of chocolaty goodness. Secondly, the bag she gave me never ended up in anything I baked, because I ate the entire bag as is; they happen to be pretty addictive. They kind of resemble cow patties, which gave me the idea to use them in this recipe, especially after seeing this recipe for Unicorn Poop Cookies. Why should the unicorns have all the fun?
After one disastrous trip to Fairfax in the worst traffic ever, I finally made it to the See’s Candies store, only to find that they didn’t have any chocolate chips in stock. I was pretty disappointed, not to mention annoyed at having made that terrible drive for nothing. The next day I went online to their site and not only ordered six bags of chocolate chips, but also prizes for “The Hunt” as well. This year Easter is pretty much sponsored by See’s, because I refuse to pay shipping and handling. I don’t think anyone will mind though, they make some pretty amazing chocolate; my tummy can vouch for it. (Eating a whole bag of chocolate chips makes for a happy tummy, as long as you don’t eat them all at once.)
- 1 Cup Unsalted Butter, Room Temperature
- 2/3 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 2/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar, Packed
- 1 Egg, Room Temperature
- 1 Tablespoon Vanilla
- 2 1/4 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
- 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 (16-oz.) Bag See’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
- Spring Nonpareils
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugars together on medium speed for 3 minutes.
- Add the egg; mix on medium for 1 minute.
- Add the vanilla; mix on medium for 1 minute.
- Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small ball.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients on low speed; mix until just incorporated.
- Fold the chocolate chips into the dough with a spatula.
- Make 1 1/2-inch balls using a cookie scoop or tablespoon.
- Dip the top of each cookie in the nonpareils.
- Place cookies on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 9 minutes.
- Allow the cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, before removing to a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Pour a small amount of nonpareils in a small dish before dipping the tops of the cookies. You don’t want to contaminate all of the nonpareils by pouring the entire container in at once. The amount of nonpareils on each cookie will differ depending on how far down in the bowl you dip the cookie dough balls. The nonpareils add a great crunchiness to the cookie.
- Make sure when forming the cookies that you don’t get too many chocolate chips in one cookie. Each cookie will need an adequate amount of dough to stay together.
- If you don’t have See’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, feel free to use an entire bag of any store-bought semi-sweet baking chips.
- Store the cookies in an airtight container.
- This recipe will make approximately 3 1/2 dozen cookies.
- Package these cookies in small Easter treat bags, with a cute homemade tag, and give them as gifts to friends, neighbors, or co-workers.
- For Christmas, coat these cookies in red, green, and white nonpareils to make Santa Poop Cookies.
ORIGINALLY POSTED 04/16/2014
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