Ginny says, "When my family bakes holiday cookies, we like to start with a good, basic dough, and add different ingredients to customize the taste and texture to our individual preferences. Everybody's happy!"Ginny's Basic Cookie Recipe 1 cup butter (2 sticks) 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp baking soda
Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until well mixed. In separate bowl, whisk flour and baking soda together, then add slowly to creamed mixture, beating until combined.
Add mix-ins, drop scant 1 Tbsp amounts onto ungreased cookie sheet (these will spread into thin, chewy cookies). Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool on cookie sheet for a few minutes, and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
"There's almost no end to where you can go with good, basic cookie dough," Ginny says. There's a truly fabulous array of packaged chips available today. Try toffee, peppermint, peanut butter with or without chocolate, different kinds of chocolate. 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice (try adding butterscotch or toffee chips, too, if you want extra richness) 1/2 cup chopped pistachios 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa (add plain or colorful chocolate bits if you want extra richness) 1 Tbsp cinnamon (add cinnamon imperial candies for extra richness) 2 Tbsp minced lemon peel and 1/2 tsp lemon extract (reduce vanilla to 1/2 tsp) 1 Tbsp dark instant coffee (add chocolate bits for extra richness) 1/2 - 3/4 shredded coconut and 1/2 tsp coconut extract Replace vanilla with maple extract
Ginny's Pumpkin Pie Spice Cookies
"Here we have a batch of my personal favorites - Pumpkin Pie Spice - hot out of my 10-in-1 Everything Oven," Ginny says. Just add 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice to batch of dough. May want to try adding butterscotch or toffee chips for extra richness. Used a scant 1 Tbsp of dough for each cookie. Baked at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.