Bake on, friends, bake on.
This holiday season, don’t worry if you don’t have an arsenal of Christmas-themed recipes. (Although you could try my Santa Baby! Bars. Super easy!) Don’t worry if you’re not a domestic goddess; if you don’t have coordinating tableware or if your home is only half decorated. There’s only one thing I want you to do: grab an apron, a cookie sheet (or pan) and a few staple ingredients. And bake on.
Bake delicious chocolate chip cookies or decadent brownies. Know that regardless of the time of year, comforting homemade goodies are always perfect for the occasion.
Recently, we attended the Lakeshore Santa Claus parade in Etobicoke. It was a nice change from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto’s parade; here, there was a feeling of community, and many of the floats included local residents, businesses and of course, children. We staked out a great spot along the front of the route, and my boys had a wonderful time taking in their favourite floats and characters.
Not long after we were there, I spotted the cheerful, yellow CHIPITS truck. There, good folks were sampling freshly baked cookies and brownies, featuring CHIPITS Milk Chocolate and Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. YUM!
Now I’ll admit, it’s been a while since I’ve had a freshly baked comfort food. Sometimes, I get wrapped up in the “extra-effort-Pinterest-worthy-perfect-mom” mentality, and forget that life’s simple pleasures are always the best. And these freshly baked cookies and brownies were ah-mazing.
“Why don’t you make these at home?” my 8-year old asked. I didn’t have a proper answer for him. I mean, was I supposed to admit that I spend more time worrying about what photographs well – than what they would love? It’s my turn to grab an apron and bake on.
(By the way, I’d say these cookies photograph just fine, wouldn’t you agree?)
Take a deep breath. If you’re spending too much time online, struggling to find the perfect Christmasy treats, I encourage you to get back to basics. Because it’s the taste that counts.
CHIPITS Chewy Milk Chocolate Cookies Recipe
2/3 cup melted butter (150 mL)
2 cups lightly packed brown sugar (500 mL)
2 eggs (2)
2 tbsp hot water (30 mL)
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (650 mL)
1 tsp baking powder (5 mL)
1 tsp baking soda (5 mL)
1/4 tsp salt (1 mL)
1 2/3 cups CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Chips (270 g)
1. Heat oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. In large bowl, beat melted butter, brown sugar, eggs and hot water until smooth.
3. In medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir into butter mixture until blended.
4. Stir in milk chocolate chips. Drop from small tablespoon onto ungreased cookie sheet.
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool 1 minute; remove to wire rack.
Makes 5 dozen cookies.
For an even greater burst of chocolate taste, substitute HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Baking Chips with HERSHEY’S CHIPITS Chunks.
If you’re a baking enthusiast, don’t forget to enter CHIPITS Baker of the Week Sweepstakes! Simply take a shot at recreating their Recipe of the Week, snap a photo of the results, and upload to their Facebook page. You’ll be entered for a chance to win Baker of the Week, weekly baking prize packs, and one grand prize – a KITCHENAID Stand Mixer.
This holiday season, put out your best for Santa, and for your family too. Make a new tradition with CHIPITS Ultimate Chocolate Brownies and Chewy Milk Chocolate Cookies. And bake on.
This post is sponsored by HERSHEY’S CHIPITS. The opinions on this blog, as always, are my own.
Nothing better than a nice warm chocolate chip cookie! I have to do my holiday baking this week, a few bags of Chipits will be used.
Always on the lookout for an even better Chocolate chip cookie recipe. I’ll be sure to give this one a try . Thanks Lena and Chipits! #BakeOn
oh my gosh those brownies tho!! they look absolutely yummy. I need to find one of these Chipits trucks
they look so good !
oh yeah… Chipits make everything better..even right out of the bag!
I do love trying new Chocolate chip cookie recipes,chipits are the best !
Yum! Sounds delicious we love making cookies
Oh yum! I love baking and we do a lot of it.
Chocolate chip cookies are the best and everyone likes them too!
I use Chippits in my baking all the time!
I’ve been looking for a good chocolate chip cookie recipe without too much extra, these look great!
These look delicious! Love Chippits in anything baked!
I need to smell brownies baking!
I went through 8 bags of Chipits yesterday doing the holiday baking! Merry Christmas Lena & Family!
Thanks for sharing your recipe we made them with the grandkids,they were delicious !
Thanks for sharing!!!! Cant wait to make this!
Those brownies look so decadent! Yum!
love trying new Chocolate chip cookies
Oh boy, brownies & chocolate chip cookies are my grandson’s favourite treats and these look extra yummy, I know that he’ll love them, thx!
MMMM I’m in a cookie baking sort of mood today so this looks delicious!
Oh my,i had these babies hot from the oven this morning they are so delicious
Chipits have been part of our families baking regimen for as long as I can remember being in the kitchen!
Loved these recipes. Been awhile since I have made them, but found some of the cookies in my freezer this moring, so yummy!!
These cookies sound so very delicious!!!
Yum! A costco-sized bag of chipits is a staple in my house :)
There is a reason that chocolate chip cookies are a classic – mmmmmm I need to do some baking now!!!
with so little sunshine here this winter I need cookies!!
I love chocolate chip cookies and I like that these are chewy.I wrote out the recipe to give them a try.They will be delicious! :)
Mmmmm, now these look and sound lovely!
We ONLY buy Chipits for baking because it truly is the best! Those brownies look just.. WOW. Yep I’m in Chipits heaven!
I made cookies this weekend (finally)
These look great!
Making some of those brownies right now with the chocolate Chipits!
They are so delicious AND THE HOUSE SMELLS DREAMY TOO.
I found out you can’t replace CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Chips with any other chcolate chip,it just ruins the cookie!
I love baking, especially around christmaS! Can’t wait to make these
I love milk chocolate cookies. And in my opinion, chocolate chips make anything better.
CHIPITS Milk Chocolate Chips are the best chips out there,so delicious!
These look so delicious! I’ve got to give them a try