Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A Million Pieces of Peppermint

We've been so blessed to have received numerous packages from precious folks in the States.  One of the boxes contained, I kid you not, no less than a million pieces of peppermint.

My question is this.....

In this humid environment, how do I keep them from getting sticky like all the other hard candy we've received over the years?  Within a month or two, they get all gooey inside the wrapper.

A quick search online didn't yield any helpful information....maybe my blogger friends that live in wet conditions can help me with my dilemma.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Several years ago, I went on a hunt.

For the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe.  Nothing fancy, just a moist, chewy, thick cookie.  I didn't want cookies that spread out across the pan when they baked.  And I didn't want one that was crunchy the next day.  Finally, after trying various recipes, I found this one.  My friend Heather in Tennessee gave this recipe to another friend, Taunya....and it eventually made it's way to me.

Without further ado....

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup oil
2 eggs
1 T vanilla

Cream together.  Then add:

2 cups all purpose flour
1 t salt
1 t baking soda
2 cups old fashioned oats

After mixing all ingredients well, add in how ever many choc chips you want.  (I usually use an entire regular size bag of chips)

Scoop out by tablespoons and place rounded balls on wax paper covered cookie sheet.  Bake at 375 for no more than 10 minutes.  The key is to remove the cookies from the oven when they still appear 'not quite done'.  This helps ensure their chewiness for several days to come.

Cool on cookie sheet or paper towels.

(Another fantastic thing about this recipe is that you can substitute the chocolate chips for raisins and have oatmeal raisin fav!)

I hope you are all enjoying this holiday more week!
Merry Christmas!