Cookies for Extended Family

Edible gifts will always delight! This simple recipe will yield enough chocolate chip cookies to send as a gift, with some left over to have for yourself. The simplicity of mixing everything together in one bowl is unmatched. This recipe will yield approximately 4 dozen cookies. Children can help to create a unique gift presentation by decorating a container for transport, using decorative paper or drawings for gift-wrapping.


  2 cups chocolate chips
  1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  3/4 cup sugar
  3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  2 large eggs
  2 teaspoons vanilla
  2 1/4 cups un-sifted flour
  1 teaspoon baking soda
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit on Convection Bake
  2. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; set aside.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat butter with sugar and brown sugar at medium speed until creamy and lightened in color. 
  4. Add eggs and vanilla, one at a time. Mix on low speed until incorporated.
  5. Gradually blend dry mixture into creamed mixture. Stir in chocolate chips and optional nuts.
  6. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool a bit and transfer to wire rack.
  • Once cookies have cooled completely, place in a sealed plastic storage bag.  Have your child decorate construction paper, or use gift wrapping paper, and tape around an empty coffee can, small box, or empty round oatmeal container. Tissue paper crumpled inside the container will protect the cookies.
  • Children can make a personalized card using construction paper or computer paper. Depending on the child’s age and skill level, have the child decorate the card with crayons, watercolor paints, glitter, stickers, or pictures cut out from magazines. Encourage older children to write a heartfelt message, or compose a special poem for their loved one.
  • Set a time to have a phone chat with your loved one, and have cookies and drinks together over the phone. 
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