Cookie season begins!

Soft TreesIt’s that time of year again.  This is an old photo, of my first soft tree set-up.  Now it’s more elaborate, but it’s at home and I’m at work, so I can’t show you right now.  Anyway, I hope you are all getting into the spirit of the season.  Here’s a cookie recipe that I made from allrecipes to get you started:

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Mint Cookies
* 3/4 cup butter
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl, cream together butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, then stir in vanilla and peppermint extracts. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets.
Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

These are the cut and pasted instructions–initial recipe can be found here:
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chocolate-Chip-Peppermint-Cookies/Detail.aspx

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