Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cookie Monster

    We've started having more family dinners since we moved back so close to both of our families. I think it's important to realize that we're not going to all be together forever and we need to take advantage of this time. It can also be nice in this economy to share the cost of a big meal. Have some members being appetizers, someone brings dessert, someone is in charge of drinks, etc. And we've had a lot of different meals that are cost saving: homemade pasta and sauce, a gifted ham, breakfast for dinner, tacos/Mexican night, grilled homemade pizza, stew, etc. So you spend time with your family and save money on dinner!
   Today's meal is for my husband who has been so helpful and understanding. We're having homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. He loves chocolate chip cookies, a true cookie monster, so we're having this.....

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Pan Cookie
Oven 375

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts

Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.

Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Gradually beat in flour mixture.

Stir in morsels and nuts.

   Spread into prepared pan.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Cut into bars.

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