Santa Approved Chocolate Chip Cookies

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.

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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

Ingredients

– 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!

Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog shares her recipe for chocolate chip cookies for Christmas plus her secret ingredient.

Will you be baking chocolate chip cookies for Santa this Christmas?

 

Photos by Torrance Coombs.

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6 Comments

  1. Victoria

    I’m rinding your post whilst my chocolate cake is in the oven and these two combined put me in the right mood to bake my Christmas biscuits! I usually do vanilla or cinnamon biscuits but chocolate chips are always welcome! Your house seems to make one want to bake, so nice and cosy I love it!

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply
    • Victoria

      *reading (omg)

      Posted 12.21.17 Reply
    • The A List

      Chocolate cake, biscuits, and cookies???? That would be my dream Christmas meal right there haha!

      Posted 12.21.17 Reply
  2. They look completely and utterly delicious! I cannot wait to make some and try them !! We all know that calories on Christmas Day are a myth and do not exist 😉 !!

    Posted 12.21.17 Reply
    • The A List

      I like how you think!!!! 🙂

      Posted 12.21.17 Reply
  3. Meg

    I don’t have a mixer currently and I’m hoping I get one for Christmas. So will the cookies turn out well if mixed by hand?

    Posted 12.24.17 Reply