Cookie Dough To Go

Now that the holiday season is in full bloom, I try to think of different ways of sharing some of our favorite foods with family and friends. These chocolate chip cookies have a great crunch-to-gooeyness ratio: delicious moist and chewy with just the right amount of crispness around the edges with a great depth of flavor. Of course you can always bring baked Chocolate Chip Cookies to a house party, but bringing “Cookie Dough To Go” is more fun. This way the host can enjoy in the future.

All you need to do, once the dough is ready, is form a log so they are ready to slice and pop in the oven. I wrap mine in wax and brown paper and print the instructions on the packaging. They should stay refrigerated right up until gifting and immediately after.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

time: 45 minutes, plus at least one hour of refrigeration
yield: about 30 cookies

Ingredients

1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tsp organic cane sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp milk
2 cups pastry flour or home milled soft white wheat (http://ilonaoppenheim.com/home-milling/)
1/4 cup oat flour (if you don’t have a mill you can grind rolled oats in a blender)
1 tsp fine sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate, chopped into small pieces
1 1/2 cups almonds, crushed

directions:

In a large bowl, use a wooden spoon to cream the butter and sugars together just until smooth. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and mix until well incorporated. Combine the flours, salt, and baking soda in another bowl and gradually stir the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fold in the chocolate and almonds.

If you will gift this cookie dough, form it into a log and wrap info wax paper. Refrigerate.

Once ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Cut the log into 1/2 inch slices and place disks on baking tray keeping about a three- inch distance between the cookies. Place cookies in the oven. after 10 minutes press the cookies flat with a spatula and bake until they are golden brown, about 5 minutes more. Let stand for 10 minutes.

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