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What do you own?

Christmas cookie baking is one of my fondest memories. I remember sitting at the kitchen table or on the counter helping my mom make Austrian chocolate balls, Russian tea cakes, pecan sandies, and Kruschikis. She would pile the many different kinds she made onto trays and serve them over the holiday or give them to my dad to take to his co-workers.

I’m sure my 5 brothers and sisters and I ate at least half from the freezer before she even got a chance to make those trays.

I still make some of these recipes today, and from the same recipe cards my mom used.

But I have my own recipes too. And the one I’m most famous for are my chocolate chip cookies.

Nothing against Nestle’s Tollhouse because I love those too, but these are just MORE special.

THIS is what I own. I’m giving it to you as a Christmas gift.

Happy Holidays and Many Blessings to You!

Million-Dollar Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup rolled oats, regular or quick

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp lemon juice

2 eggs

3 cups semisweet chocolate chunks (or chips)

1 1/2 cups nuts (I prefer pecans, but you can also use walnuts)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Cover baking sheets with parchment paper.

3. In a mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

4. With a stand mixer, cream butter, sugars, vanilla and lemon juice together using an electric mixer. Add eggs and beat until fluffy.

5. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture, blending well.

6. Add the chocolate chips and nuts to dough and mix well.

7. Use a small ice cream scoop to scoop dough onto cookie sheets and leave about 2 inches between cookies.

8. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned.

9. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 2 to 3 dozen depending on size of cookies.

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