NESTLÉ Holiday Recipe Exchange & Giveaway
The holidays are here and the oven is working double-time, not to mention my mixer! I am proud to be one of four bloggers participating in the NESTLÉ Family Holiday Exchange for 2010. This is the second of 5 fun giveaways that NESTLÉ is promoting this holiday season on The Mommy-Files. With the holidays comes much baking and cooking. I love it because it is also the time of year where I try new foods created by family and friends and add recipes to my cookbook. NESTLÉ Family Holiday Celebrations is a special site where you can find tips, tools, and inspiration for the holidays.
I have a lot of holiday recipes I love, but one that I love from NESTLÉ are the Original NESTLÉ Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies. This is a classic that we make every year for our friends, family, and even Cookie Exchanges! What is your favorite holiday recipe?
Original NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
1 package (16.5 oz.) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
1 container (16 oz.) prepared vanilla frosting
Green food coloring
14- x 17-inch piece of cardboard for base, covered in foil or parchment paper or large flat plattter
NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Morsels (such as Semi-Sweet Chocolate, Milk Chocolate, Premier White)
Assorted NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Holiday Candies (WONKA Gobstoppers Snowballs, NERDS or SPREE)
Decorator sprinkles, candies and sugars
20-inch strip of strawberry fruit-flavored snack in 3-foot rolls
Prepare cookies following package directions. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.
Combine frosting and food coloring in small bowl to shade of green desired.
Spread heaping teaspoons of frosting on flat sides of cookies.
Arrange 15 cookies on the base or platter in a 12-inch circle to form outer ring of wreath.
Arrange 12 cookies inside the outer ring of cookies, forming inside ring of wreath. Adhered cookies can be moved to create more space.
Arrange remaining 13 cookies on base ring for a second layer.
Decorate with remaining frosting, morsels, candies, sprinkles and sugars as desired. Attach bow to top of wreath.
To Make A Bow :
Cut four 5-inch strips from fruit snack roll. Peel off paper backing. Cut a small “V” on end of two strips. Form loops with remaining two strips; pinch ends together. Place loops on top of strips. Pinch all together to make a bow!
For easier decorating, 1 cup of icing can be spooned into resealable, heavy-duty plastic bag; seal. Cut small corner of bag. Squeeze bag to use. Fill with additional icing as needed. Store any leftover icing covered in refrigerator for up to 30 days. Cookies can also be made into a tree, initials or any other shape desired.
1 lucky reader on The Mommy-Files will win a Baking Package, including VIP coupon/product for CARNATION Evaporated Milk, TOLL HOUSE Morsels, TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Cookie Dough and a $25 Visa gift card for other baking supplies.
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I was compensated for my participation in the NESTLÉ Family Holiday Exchange and for writing this post. The giveaway was sponsored by NESTLÉ Family (STOUFFER’S, OVALTINE, RAISINETS, and EDY’S/DREYER’S). All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.