Artful Living

raise the cookie bar

Part therapy for me during the holidays is to bake cookies,  it is an easy thing to do from start to finish and is what I like to call, an instant sort of gratification.  Some things I do just take lots of patience but baking a bar cookie is easy.  Give this recipe a try, your home will smell so good too!
ginger chocolate-chip bars  (recipe from real simple december 2008)
1 cup butter
1 1/4 light brown sugar
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/4 cups flour
12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Mix butter and sugars til fluffy, add eggs, vanilla, gradually add in flour, mix and fold in the chips.  Spread batter in a  9 x 13 pan lined with parchment paper – overhang along the edges – which helps for an easy clean up.  
Bake 40 to 50 minutes in a 350 F oven.
I learned to cut them into squares with  a plastic knife while hot, which really is easy!  I found boxes at the container store and tie with a ribbon and greenery!
Cookies during the holidays make everything sweeter!