There’s one thing you need to have on Christmas Eve – the best chocolate chip cookies to leave for Santa! Okay, even if you’re not leaving cookies for Santa, you can’t celebrate Christmas without some delicious cookies to enjoy yourself. They’re the best sweet treat to enjoy before everyone heads to bed. As it is with most families, baking and eating cookies is a holiday tradition for me.
As a kid, my mom would bake more than one kind of cookie, such as chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cookies with white chocolate chips (my favorites!), and peanut butter cookies with Hershey’s kisses (before I developed a severe and annoying allergy to all nuts). I’ve kept the tradition going in our home and even added a secret ingredient to my chocolate chip cookies.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
– 2 sticks salted butter at room temperature
– 1 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 egg yolk
– 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
– 1 1/2 cups flour
– 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (my secret ingredient!)
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1-2 cups chocolate chips (depending on how chocolatey you want your cookies!)
Preheat the oven to 325F. In a mixer, cream the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and butter together. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla extract one at a time, mixing well in between each addition.
In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together. Then it’s time to add my secret ingredient – graham cracker crumbs! Most grocery stores sell boxes of it in the baking aisle, but in case they don’t, you can get a box of regular graham crackers and then you can crumble and smash them on a cutting board or in a mortar and pestle into crumbs. After adding the graham cracker crumbs, slowly pour the flour mixture into the butter mixture. It will get a bit dusty, so be sure to only pour in a little at a time as you mix the two.
After the flour and butter are combined, it should look like the perfect dough mixture. The final addition is the best one – the chocolate chips! After all the chocolate chips are mixed into the dough, take your cookie scoop and scoop the cookies out onto a baking sheet with parchment paper. Space them out about 2 inches so they do not bake into each other.
Place the cookies in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Take them out of the oven when the edges look a little golden. Let them cool off a cooling rack before placing into the cookie jar or in your belly!