Thursday, December 18, 2014

Holiday Cookie Recipes from Hatquarters

Hershey's Triple Chocolate Cookies From Maiden of Merriment (and Mayhem!) Donna Hempel

Donna not only passed along this sweet recipe for us to share here on Red Hat Chat, but she also baked a batch for us to sample. Take it from us- these cookies are just as decadent as they look! One bite will send you into chocolate heaven.

Donna spotted this recipe on the back of a flour bag when she was searching for a new cookie recipe to make for a holiday party many years ago. From that night on, her family and friends asked her to keep these chocolate cookies in her holiday cookie rotation. Enjoy!

Hershey's Triple Chocolate Cookies 
1/2 c. (1 stick) butter softened
3/4 c. granulated sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 tbsp milk
2 1/4 c. Pillsbury BEST All-Purpose Flour
1/3 c. Hershey's Cocoa
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. Hershey's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
1 bag (9 oz.) Hershey's Kisses Milk Chocolates, unwrapped

Heat oven to 350° F. In a mixer bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla extract until blended. Add eggs and milk; beat well. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually add to butter mixture, blending well. Stir in chocolate chips. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-11 minutes. Cool 1 minute; remove to wire rack. Press kisses in the center of each cookie. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Instant JELL-O Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies From Princess Buku Christina Roman 

My Grandpa
"This is a recipe that is very close to my heart. Every year, for as long as I can remember, my mother baked chocolate chip cookies for the holidays. But these were not just any chocolate chip cookies! These cookies were thick and fluffy, and they had an almost brownie-like consistency. The secret ingredient was the JELL-O instant pudding.

They were a hit in my family- especially with my grandfather. He looked forward to those cookies and would sneak one at any chance he could. My grandfather had Parkinson's Disease and was not allowed to eat a lot of sugar because of the medication he was on. We were supposed to keep on eye on him to make sure he didn't overdo it, but I would always just give him a wink if I caught him in the corner with one. We lost my grandfather at the beginning of the year, and this will be my first Christmas without him. Although he will not be there physically, he will be in all of our hearts on Christmas day, and we are going to have his cookies on the table for everyone to enjoy. I will definitely be eating one for him.

I hope you give this recipe a try!"

Instant JELL-O Pudding Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 c. flour
1tsp. baking soda
1 c. softened butter
1/4 c. sugar
3/4 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1 pkg (4 oz. serving) instant vanilla pudding
2 eggs
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate chips
1 c. nuts (optional)

Heat oven to 375° F. Combine the butter, the sugars, vanilla and pudding mix in a large bowl. Beat until creamy. Then beat in the eggs. Gradually add flour, baking soda, chocolate chips and the nuts. The batter will be stiff. Drop by the teaspoonful, about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Makes 7 dozen.

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