Leaving Santa Claus cookies-and-milk on Christmas Eve is one of my favorite holiday traditions. The American holiday tradition took off during the Great Depression in the 1930s. During a time of hardship, it was a way for parents to teach their children the importance of giving to others and showing gratitude for gifts that they were lucky enough to receive on Christmas. Over the last some 80 years things have changed and gifts have become more expected and monetary and less from the goodness of our hearts. If I have learned anything from 2020 is that family traditions like baking cookies for Santa and building memories that will last a lifetime is more important than ever.
I Gift to you and your family The Page Family’s “The BEST EVER” Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe. The recipe came from my Great Great Aunt Annie and trust me it is The Best Ever. Some time this week or on Christmas Eve grab your partner, your loved ones, kids, or just you, turn on all the Christmas lights and tree, turn up your favorite Christmas playlist and build some memories in the kitchen. Santa will not be disappointed, Promise.
The Page Family’s
THE BEST EVER Chocolate Chip Cookies
PREP: 15 Minutes
COOK: 30 minutes
COOL: 1 hour
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 heaping teaspoon backing soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 bag of each semisweet and milk chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- Melt butter in the Microwave for 1 minute
- In a Large mixing bowl beat the butter and light brown sugar on medium-high until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Add eggs and beat until blended. Add vanilla and beat until blended.
- Turn the mixer off and add the flour mixture to the bowl. Mix on medium until the flour is mixed in. I prefer to add the flour a little at a time so that it mixes in completely. Turn the mixer on hight speed. for 1-2 minutes to pull the dough together; it will be chunky.
- Add both bags of chocolate chips semisweet and milk chocolate. Fold in the the chocolate chips till they are mixed in completely.
- Drop a large spoonfuls on the lined backing sheet; don’t flatten them. Bake until lightly browned and top, 10-15 minutes (depends on your oven really). Cool on the pan for about 1 minute, then transfer the cookies to the rack to cool completely. Repeat with the remaining dough. Makes about 40 cookies.
Send us some pictures of how yours turn out!