We Love Cookies! – Hoopes Vision

What is it with cookies?

Who wouldn’t love these delicious morsels that leave your hands with trace amounts of chocolate or icing and has you wanting more? We love cookies so much that we bake them all day at our office for patients. We have baked over 36,000 cookies this year and we don’t expect that number to decrease anytime soon. Among the many delicious varieties we serve, the chocolate chip cookie still remains to be our most popular. In celebration of this simple yet wonderful treat, we’re going to share some of our favorite cookie recipes. Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients
2 cups plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
One 5-ounce block semisweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
One 5-ounce block milk chocolate, chopped into chunks

Directions
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment or silicone pads.
Whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl. Place the butter in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugars and continue mixing, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes longer. Add the eggs, one at a time, and the vanilla extract. Add half of the flour mixture and mix until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour mixture, again mixing until just combined. Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the chocolate chunks.
Using a small ice cream scoop, spoon the dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie, and bake on the middle rack until the cookies are lightly golden brown and still soft in the middle, about 11 minutes. Let the cookies rest for 2 minutes on the baking sheets before removing them to a baking rack with a wide metal spatula. Let the cookies cool on the baking rack for a few minutes before eating. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Just for the holidays!

Here’s a Santa approved cookie recipe that will have everyone smiling all the way!

SUGAR COOKIES

Ingredients
Cookies:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
3/4 cup superfine sugar
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, at room temperature
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Royal Icing:
4 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup meringue powder

Food coloring, optional
Decorating sugar, for topping, optional
Sprinkles, for topping, optional

Directions
Special equipment: Cookie cutters in desired shapes
For the cookies: Whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl.
Beat the superfine sugar and butter with an electric mixer on medium speed in a large bowl until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes; beat in the egg, then the vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix on medium-low speed until completely incorporated. Divide the dough in half, pat into 2 discs about 1/4 inch thick, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.
Position oven racks in the top and bottom thirds of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Let the dough sit at room temperature for a few minutes to make rolling easier. Roll out 1 disc of dough at a time between 2 pieces of parchment paper until 1/8 inch thick. Cut out shapes with cookie cutters and arrange about 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake until the cookies are golden brown on the bottom, 10 to 12 minutes. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets until firm enough to transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.
Gently gather any scraps of dough into a ball and press into a disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate the disc until firm enough to roll about 1 hour. Cut out as many cookies as possible and bake.

For the royal icing: Beat the confectioners’ sugar, meringue powder and 1/3 cup water with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a large bowl until stiff peaks form. Beat in the food coloring if using. (The icing can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.)

Decorate the cookies with the icing; top with decorating sugar and sprinkles if using.

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