Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Matt Kaelberer

1 c shortening
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c white sugar
1 t salt
1 t vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 6 0z. bag large Guittard milk chocolate chips
Mix shortening, sugars, salt and vanilla for 2 min. Add eggs and mix well. Add flour and baking soda. Mix. Add choc. chips and mix. Bake 8 min. at 360 degrees. Matt says they'll look like much but take them out anyway.

Melba's note: This is another of Matt's signature dishes. You can never have too many choc. chip cookie recipes, can you?

Gingersnaps from Matt Kaelberer

2 1/2 c flour
1 c packed brown sugar
3/4 c shortening
1/4 c molasses
1 egg
1 t soda
1 t ginger
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ground cloves
1/4 c sugar
In a large mixing bowl place about half of the flour. Add brown sugar, shortening, molasses, egg, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed till thoroughly combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in remaining flour. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in sugar to coat. Place balls 2" apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes or till edges are set and tops are crackled. Cool on cookie sheets for 1 minute. Remove cookies and cool on wire racks. Makes about 48.
Nutrition Information: 77 cals, 1 g protein, 11 g carbs, 3 g fat, 4 mg cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 40 mg potassium.

Melba's note: My nephew Matt made these for a family game night and they are awesome! Matt has become the official cookie-maker of his family. He also helps out his mom sometimes by making dinner. He's also way smart and good looking. When I saw him this Christmas, my first words were, "Matt! You are HOT!"