For as long as I can remember, I spend days baking and baking cookies for family, friends, teachers, doorman, and random others whenever the holiday season rolls around. The funny thing is that I only make one cookie, a chocolate chip one from a recipe that is probably older than I am. My mom received the recipe for these yummy cookies from a neighbor when we were growing up. My siblings and I always looked forward to her holiday tray of treats at each year’s end and still to this day, she continues to brings a batch to my parents’ house. Her chocolate chips were always our favorites, so we basically inherited their family’s recipe. I know I don’t make them as yummy as she does, but I can definitely say my family and friends seem to love them just as much!
Now the kids are older, they love helping out in the kitchen. This year, with all three kiddies in school, my holiday cookie count has more than doubled. My plan this week was to bake in batches, so I could ease the pressure of having massive quantities ready all in one night. With a cookie count that could feed a small army needed for all my peeps, I headed to BJ’s Wholesale Club to pick up all of the ingredients in bulk. As it turned out, they carried all the brands I used in my baking for years. I even picked up Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips this time to add a little gourmet spin on my cookies.
Packaging the treats for everyone is always a challenge, because I want to them to look nice, but I can’t give everyone a tupperware. I found these adorable festive boxes that will pair nicely with holiday cards the kids prepped for their teachers. There’s a special feeling when giving homemade goods as a gift, because it feels a bit more personal.
Gemma helped package some for her teachers, and once school let out, Siella and Ryder finished up on the remaining.
There are at least two more batches of cookies to be made this week. Sure, I may be a little stressed by the thought of it, but at least I will not be running out of ingredients, thanks to BJ’s Wholesale Club. I’m glad I stocked up on all my baking needs and I even checked off a few Christmas gifts off my list, while I was there.
With plenty of holidays to still prep and cook for, there’s still time to sign up for a BJ’s Three Month Membership trial.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup butter
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp lite corn syrup
2 tbsp water
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups unsifted flour (sometimes I use buckwheat for Gluten Free)
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups chocolate chips
Cream butter, sugars, eggs, corn syrup, vanilla, and water in one bowl. Beat well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in another. Add to creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonful on uncreased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes in preheated 375 degree oven.