I know it sounds like I made a lot of elaborate cookies, but they were all incredibly easy because of the shortcuts I took. All of the cookies were from mixes I bought on sale at Target. At holiday time, they have a great assortment of flavors: gingerbread, molasses, oatmeal, peanut butter, sugar, snickerdoodle - and of course chocolate chip - and all under $2 each. To add a creative twist to a regular mix, I like to include things like dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, crystalized ginger, butterscotch chips and blended spice mixes.
One of my favorite cookies I like to make is from a standard chocolate cookie mix (my favorite is not an inexpensive one from Target, I hate to say.) I add 1.5 teaspoons of this fantastic spice blend from a wonderful local farm, made from warm winter spices like cinnamon, cloves, alspice and rosebuds - yum! It adds a festive, spicy undertone to a classic cookie.
Try some of your own flavor combinations. There are so many things - dried fruit, nuts, candy chips - you can add to a standard cookie mix to jazz it up into something yumtastic!
|Spiced chocolate chip cookies - YUM!|