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Recipe: Cake batter chocolate chip cookies

Fresh batch of Christmas cookies!

Fresh batch of Christmas cookies!

Sometimes the best present you can give someone is something you made yourself. It’s completely unique! That’s why this Christmas, I knew the best gift I could give my co-workers was a little something to keep on their desks — to brighten their day and fill their stomach. Nothing says, “I care about you,” like a batch of homemade cookies!

I’ve been wanting to try this recipe I found on Pinterest — originally from Sally’s Baking Addiction. She has some amazing tips for cookie making! The top two tips I learned from her blog were:

  • Instead of rolling balls of cookie dough, place your cookie dough on the sheet in towers.
  • Push chocolate chips into cookies right after you take them out of the oven as they cool. This makes for a nicer looking cookie.

Tower of Pisa? Give me a tower of cookies any day!

The mason jar craze is at an all time high, so I thought it would be a good way to gift these delicious bites. There’s nothing cuter (or yummier) than a mason jar full of cookies. Plus, once you eat up all the goodies, you’re still left with something useful! They’re also easy to wrap — all you need is some nice Christmas ribbon and a tag, and you’re all set!

Baking these cookies is a little more time consuming than just making the dough and putting them into the oven… so start early and don’t procrastinate! Set aside time to refrigerate your dough before you start baking. It gets pretty sticky, and letting it sit in the fridge for two hours (or more) will make your life easier. Although I still suggest flouring your hands before you start.

When it comes to baking chocolate chip cookies, I can never decide if I want to use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips. That’s why this time I made two batches of dough, which yielded a lot of cookies. More than four batches! Let’s just say Jake was really happy to have the rest in the fridge.

Mason jars full of cookies = the best Christmas presents.

Mason jars full of cookies = the best Christmas presents.

Divvying up the cookies into mason jars for my co-workers.

Divvying up the cookies into mason jars for my co-workers.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup yellow cake mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup softened, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (of your choice)
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, add flour, cake mix, and baking soda.
  • In a large bowl, add butter and both sugars. Cream together with mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  • Add egg and mix on high for about one minute.
  • Add vanilla and mix until combined.
  • Add flour mixture from medium bowl, then mix on low until just combined.
  • Add chocolate chips and sprinkles, then mix on low until evenly distributed.

Place dough in large plastic bag. Here is where you’ll have to break for at least two hours while your dough refrigerates. Here are the directions once you’re ready to bake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Flour your hands to keep dough from sticking to you.
  • Using about 1.5 tbsps of cookie dough, make cookie towers and place base firmly on ungreased baking sheet. (Make sure to keep the rest of your dough chilled between batches.)
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes.
  • Take out and let cool for a few minutes before before transferring to a wire rack to continue cooling.

At this point, you can add additional chocolate chips on top to make your cookies look pretty and perfect.

These cookies taste as amazing as the look.

These cookies taste as amazing as the look.

And voila! You’ve got cookies that will have your co-workers, family, and friends begging for more. Seriously, they’re as good as they look. If not better! Try out this recipe at this year’s Christmas party! The best thing about these cookies though? You can make them for any occasion — just switch up your sprinkles!

While my Christmas shopping may be finished, I’m far from finished baking this season. Keep checking back for more Christmas recipes! In the meanwhile, you can check out some of my other holiday recipes:

Peppermint bark brownies | Chocolate dipped shortbread cookies | Red velvet whoopie pies

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