Monday, August 18, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cruncher Cookies

One of our favorite treats to have around the house.

1 cup Butter
1 cup White Sugar*
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 teaspoons Baking Soda
2 teaspoons Vanilla
2 Eggs
2 1/2 cups Flour
2 cups Corn Flakes, gently crushed but not pulverized
1 package Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, mini chips are the best

You have your choice of putting your butter in the microwave until soft (but not hot!) or just letting it sit on the counter for a bit first. This will make creaming the butter a little bit easier, but it's not necessary if you're using a mixer. So...Cream the butter. And do use butter! You will get a very different cookie if you use margarine.

Add the sugars and cream them together.

Add the eggs and vanilla, mixing until incorporated.

Add the flour, corn flakes and chips. Mix.

Roll into walnut sized balls, squish a bit on parchment lined baking sheet, and bake at 375 degrees till done about  XX minutes. They should have some color to them. (You do not have to use parchment paper but it makes clean up easier and the cookies are less likely to stick)

Cool on pan for 2 minutes before moving. Place on cooling rack.

*Use may also use vanilla sugar. To make Vanilla Sugar get a jar or other container and split a vanilla bean in half. But the bean in the jar so that it stands up and pour in regular white sugar until the jar is filled. Do NOT use vanilla extract! Allow this to sit for a few weeks. The longer it sits, the more perfumed the sugar will be.

Use as you would regular sugar.

FYI you may still add vanilla extract to recipes. Vanilla will cook off as you bake things.

This recipe is from Joanne fluke's "Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder"