Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

Replacing some of the butter from a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with cream cheese created cookies that are super soft without being cakey, edges that are slightly chewy, and interior that is thick, soft, tender, and moist. Plus there’s an abundance of chocolate in every bite.

The dough can be made in advance, refrigerated, and baked as desired, up to 5 days later.

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Yield: 28 med-small cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 3+ hours, for dough chilling

Ingredients

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Brown Butter Salted Caramel Snickerdoodles

These cookies bake perfectly. They were perfectly chewy and the brown butter gave them an amazing flavor. Just when you think they can’t get any better you take your first bite and a gooey caramel surprise is in the inside of the cookie. You’ll also love how they are lightly salted on the top to give the sweet a little balance of salty.

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Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 8 mins
Total time: 38 mins
Serves: 24

Ingredients

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Grandma’s Cranberry Cookies

If you’re looking for a simple, back to basics cookie recipe for the holidays, or really any time of the year, try grandma’s recipe.

We love these cookies because they’re not super decadent or overly sweet, and the sugar coating on the outside gives them a yummy little bit of crunch while keeping the inside really soft. They’re a perfect accompaniment to coffee or tea.

To add a little holiday flair to these cookies, swap out raisins for Craisins (any sweetened, dried cranberry will do). The secret to these cookies is simmering the dried cranberries in water so that they become moist and plump before adding them to the cookie batter. And a surprise ingredient is a little Crisco. If you really want soft cookes, then Crisco is the way to go.

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Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 4 dozens

Ingredients

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Iced Apple Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Soft, chewy oatmeal cookies filled with chopped fresh apples and butterscotch chips!

Iced Apple Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies are full of fall flavor, perfect for parties, snacks, and lunchbox treats! Butterscotch totally works with the apples, and because the chips stay mostly in tact inside the cookies, they add a little bit of crunch to these soft chewy cookies. If you don’t have butterscotch chips on hand you could use walnuts to add texture! So good.

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 11 min
Total Time: 26 min
Serves: 36 cookies

Ingredients

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Easy Slice ‘n’ Bake Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookies w/Whipped Buttercream.

Tieghan at halfbakedharvest.com is worth a looksie. She has amazing recipes – Like this Vanilla Bean Christmas Sugar Cookie.  What I really like and what really attracted me to these particular sugar cookies was her quote:

These are cookies for people who want to have fun making cookies, people who have kids or people who just want a good frickin’ cookie. The whole slice and bake thing takes the effort right out of these and saves you your sanity. And the easy delicious frosting saves you from hours of trying to create the perfect picture cookie only to come up with something that looks like an art project gone so wrong. Plus, um again, they are so good.

There you go. Delicious cookies that anybody can make and everyone will enjoy.   Plus, I just LOVE her ‘secret ingredient’.

 

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Trail Mix Freezer Cookies

Whether taking a hike on Sugarloaf Mountain, a bike ride on the C&O Canal, or spending the day at the beach these Trail Mix cookies are perfect for tossing in your backpack and heading outdoors for some fun.  And one of the best things about these particular cookies, aside from their hearty and nutritional value, is that you can store the dough in the freezer and bake them to order.

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yield: Makes about 27 three-inch cookies

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