'Tis the season! It's December and our days are filled with putting up trees, stringing lights, gift shopping, festive parties and spending time with family and friends. It's a busy time of year, but also a wonderful time of year. The scents of Christmas, fresh pine, gingerbread cookies, roasted chestnuts, and the spiciness of cinnamon all fill the home as a reminder that the holidays are just around the corner.
Among all the preparations for Christmas, at the top of my list is holiday baking! Decorated cookies, cakes and spiced nuts are among my favorites for this time of year. Baked goods are perfect for gift giving during the holiday season, and who can resist the sweet treats. Baking an assortment of goodies and packaging them in festive bags and trays and adorning them with matching holiday tags is the perfect touch to your holiday baked goods for your friends and family.
Cookies just may be one of the most popular holiday baking items! They are easy to make (and easy to snack on!) and perfect for gift giving. To add to your cookie baking, I'm sharing with you chocolate chip cookies that have been taken to the next level with the addition of butterscotch chips and coconut! Let me just say, YUM!
Begin by creaming together softened butter with your sugars. It is important to not rush this step. You want to allow your butter and sugar to mix together well (you are looking for a fluffy texture and a mixture that is light in color). Typically this takes about 4-5 minutes. During this step you are not only evenly combining your ingredients, but you are creating tiny pockets of air in your dough that will puff up in the oven producing cookies that are light in texture as opposed to being flat and dense.
When adding the chips and coconut, I always mix them into the dough by hand. I find it easier to evenly distribute them throughout the mixture. To help with the spreading of the cookies, once I scoop my dough, I roll it into a ball and slightly flatten it to a disk shape and place on my prepared baking sheet. If you like crispy cookies I would suggest baking them closer to 17 minutes, but if you prefer softer, chewy cookies bake them for 15 minutes!
I hope you enjoy these cookies as much as my family and I do! They pair perfectly with a cold glass of milk. The combination of chocolate chips and butterscotch chips will fill your kitchen with a delicious scent that will have you wanting to try the cookies before they are even completely cooled. Happy Baking!!Print