It's cookie time!

M&M's or Chocolate Chip Cookies
My favorite cookie dough recipe: (Thick, chunky cookies that aren't flat and crispy)

1 3/4 C. margarine
1 3/4 C. light brown sugar
1 1/4 C. white sugar
4 eggs
5 1/2 T. water
1 1/2 t. vanilla
6 C. flour (the flour keeps the cookie fluffy and not flat)
1 1/2 t. salt
1 1/2 t. baking soda
3 C. chocolate chips or m&m's

Cream margarine, sugars, then add your eggs, water, and vanilla until creamy.
Add flour, salt, and baking soda. Mix well.
Add your chips or m&m's.
Bake at 350 for about 8-10 min.
Makes about 6 dozen, A lot of cookies.
Great for giving out as gifts at Christmas because the batch yields so many cookies!

Sugar Cookies - The Easy Way Out
These are also a favorite, so easy too!
No refrigeration (the kids hate waiting for that), No rolling, dusting, flouring, cutting, AT ALL.
Terrific! Easy recipe to do with kids.

1 stick of butter (1/2 C.) I usually use 2 sticks of butter instead of each kind.
1 stick of margarine (1/2 C.)
1/2 C. confectioner's sugar
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 t. vanilla (I love to substitute with almond extract)
1 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
2 1/2 C. flour
1 C. of coarse white or colored sugars.

Preheat oven to 375, lightly grease baking sheets
In a large bowl, beat butter, margarine, and sugars with an electric mixer until light & fluffy.
Beat in the egg, vanilla, b. powder, & salt. Beat in the flour at low speed.
Roll pieces of dough into 1 inch balls. Roll to coat well in the coarse sugar, then place 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.  Use the bottom of  a glass to flatten each cookie.
Bake for 10 min. or until golden. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
(recipe from Mary Engelbreit's cookies cookbook p.17)

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