"This is a great Christmas or birthday gift. Everybody loves to bake, yet no one has the time. It is a thoughtful gift for the busy person in your life. And by the way, the cookies are delicious!" — 1COOKIEGIRL
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1 3/4 cups
dark brown sugar
semi-sweet chocolate chips
I've made this a few times as gifts and they're always a hit. I would agree that the layering needs to be changed. I started with the flour mixture on the bottom and then alternated dark and light. I also used peanutbutter chips in exchange for the nuts, because you never know who doesn't like them. A good idea for a gift is to make a batch of the cookies to give with the cookie mix in a jar. It's immediate gratification and they will know what their batch will taste like!
WARNING: If your gift recipient waits a while before using the mix, the brown-sugar layer will have hardened into a solid chunk that has to be chipped out of the jar and won't blend well with other ingredients once it is in the mixing bowl. I discovered this when I used the mix three weeks after it was made, and I ended up with a bloody finger after having to pry the brown sugar out with a knife. My suggestion is, blend the brown and white sugars together before packing into the jar, so that the brown sugar can't harden into a chunk. Perhaps not as pretty, but definitely more practical -- and more safe. I have to say, though, that I am not crazy about the idea of giving a cookie mix as a gift. I mean, if you care enough to give, why not go to the trouble to bake a batch of cookies for someone?
This is a really delicious cookie. I made about 24 cookies from the mix instead of 36 (ie bigger than suggested) and cooked them for about 20 minutes.
The baking soda/powder could be tasted slightly, so could be reduced, but it was not overpowering and didn't leave a bitter aftertaste.
Also, I made the recipe with half choc chips and half white choc chips and it turned out great.
Lastly, I made the order in the jar as follows: 1/2 flour, brown sugar, white sugar, cocoa, remaining flour (with baking powder and soda), choc chips, pecans. This gave a light, dark, light appearance to the mix in the jar.
Thanks for the recipe, Jennifer - it's now one my favourites!!
This recipe is wonderful. Once the ingredients are rearranged (I put the flour, powder, soda, and salt on the bottom, then layered dark, light, dark, light and finished with the chips on the top) and the jar tied with a wide red bow, the presentation is quite festive. Because nuts are not universally loved, I substituted 3/4 C white chocolate chips and 3/4 C semi-sweet chips for the nuts and chips listed in the ingredients. They worked perfectly. Enjoy!
I change a couple of things with this recipe. I reverse the order of ingredients and divide the flour in between the brown sugar and cocoa when putting them in the jar. To me it looks better and the flour doesn't mix with the chocolate chips. Makes a better looking sand art design.
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I dont know whos idea it was to put the flour on top but if you want flour all over when you open it, then thats the way to do it. I suggest putting the ing. in this order. Brown sugar, flour, cocoa, sugar, pecans and chocolate chips. My 3 yr. old son had a blast helping me put the ing. in the jar.
As a Professional Chef, I vastly improved this recipe with one change. I added an additional egg to the user instructions. As written, this recipe comes out too dry. Even underbaked, the following day these were very hard. With the additional egg, you will find these cookies vastly improved. (In general, things like regular cookie doughs should have a consitency that can be dropped from a spoon, never so dry they can be easily rolled in a ball.) Otherwise, I thought the taste was wonderful and allows for many simple variations.
These cookies were really yummy. Lots of chocolate, and moist. I doubled the batch and mixed it all up, then packed it into 4 500ml (1/2 quart) jars as my own premade cookie mix. When I want cookies I mix up a jar (I use 1 egg for each jar) and I get about 15 nice sized cookies. It takes only a few minutes to prepare and we get fresh homemade cookies any night of the week.
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