Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chocolate Mint Toll House cookies

So often when folks think of going to church, they think of getting dressed up on Sunday and spend an hour or so and then that’s it. Yet I have found that the true flavor of any church is in meeting in small groups. You can never really get to know anyone in the short hour of a Sunday service. I love to learn new things and when I am in a casual setting I am more apt to learn something new.
Such was the case this past week as I came to the home group that I enjoy. We usually have a light dessert together. Cookies, fruit, etc. This past week, I noticed these interesting pan cookies with mints in them. ‘Ah Ha!’ I thought, this would be a perfect recipe for my readers.

The flavor is amazing! I never would have thought of adding mints to my batter. Then, I thought you can probably do the same thing with chocolate brownies as well. The creative mind went wild. The pastor’s wife made these and the recipe is not hers at all, but came off another recipe that she merely changed a bit. [That’s what creative cooks do!]
Here is the recipe that came from Nestle Toll House Pan Cookies [always give credit where it is due]

2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 12 oz bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts

What my pastor’s wife did was simple. She left out the nuts and used a bag of mixed chocolate and mint chips! They were delicious!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

In small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside

In large bowl, combine butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract; beat until creamy. Beat in eggs. Gradually add flour mixture; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Spread into a greased 15”x10”x1” inch pan. If you do not have one that size…our creativity can kick in. You can also use a 9” square or even and 8” square pan.

Bake for 20-25 minutes

I would encourage everyone who attends a bible based church to not be satisfied with just a Sunday Service. Get together with others during the week as well. When you reach out you find that there are many who are just like you. Also, you will learn to enjoy the differences in others. God made his children in all sorts of personalities, gifting and nationalities. Just like a batch of pan cookies, our flavor comes out best when we are together!

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