Sunday, August 16, 2009

It's about that time . . .

After a wonderfully fantabulous summer, Bailey must return to school tomorrow, and I am very sad! She got the teacher she wanted, but her little boyfriend is not in her class, so we'll see how that goes :o) Our school also has a new principal this year, and what better way to welcome someone than with some delicious chocolate chip cookies!! I made one of these boxes for Bailey's teacher and the office staff, too. They are super simple to put together using 5 square coasters, designer paper or cardstock, and coordinating ribbon. And they are the perfect size for any number of yummy treats. I found this chocolate chip cookie recipe on-line and they are delectable! The recipe makes about 5 dozen regular-sized cookies, more than enough for gifts and a few for the cook! I hope you'll try them!

2 sticks ‘cold and cubed’ unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 eggs
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon table or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups good quality semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
1 cup walnuts (Toast the nuts for more flavor, if desired)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle, cream together butter and sugars until well blended and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time.. and beat until well incorporated. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips/chunks and nuts. Scoop out portions of cookie dough onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper or Sil-Pat and bake in the preheated oven for 13-15 minutes depending on how large the cookies are, until very lightly browned, taking care not to over bake. Let cool on rack and store what you don’t immediately eat in an airtight container.

1 comment:

Whitney said...

Hey I love these "gift" boxes. However, I am a little unsure how to make them. Did you punch holes in each coaster and just tie them together? I have coaster similar to those and I thought what a perfect gift for Isabella's teachers as they get ready to track out. (we are on year round here) If you don't care can you email me your secert to these.
Thanks a million! Whitney