Friday, December 11, 2009

Moose in the Kitchen: Holiday Baking # 2

Michelle and I got together after dinner to bake last night - the first 2 kinds of cookies we will be including in our holiday cookie platter/gift bags. We opted for something easy first - the readymade white chocolate macadamia nut cookie dough from MacMillan's that Michelle bought from her coworker for a school's fundraising campaign. We had thawed it in the fridge for almost a week, and thought it was best to use it before it goes bad.

In less time than it took for the oven to preheat, we had already rolled tablespoonfuls of dough into balls and they were ready to be baked. Since I only had 2 cookie sheets, we alternated them so one is always in the oven baking. These little balls of dough needed a lot of room because they melted and spread during baking - each 1" ball yielded a 3" cookie. Since the cookies turned out so big, we decided to do half-tablespoonfuls to make smaller ones. These ones came out the perfect size! The cookies were quite soft straight out of the oven, but crisped as they cooled. Personally, I like them hot and soft with all the gooey white chocolate goodness.

All in all, it was a breeze to make, and we only had one batch of cookies that failed Michelle's QC inspection - because we were too greedy and wanted to fit too much on the cookie sheet, and the cookies melted into each other as they baked so they didn't get the nice round shape the others had.

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