Christmas in July Recipes

Our family has a favorite cookie recipe.  We bake it pretty much at Thanksgiving and Christmas-time every year, only occasionally baking these cookies other times during the year.  This year, I timed our family’s turn for taking snacks to church with the whole Christmas in July theme…so that I could bake these yummies for church and take pics for the blog!  Double-duty!  While I have tried many different chocolate cookies over the years, I have never found a chocolate cookie as good as this one…and as long as you don’t overcook it, it stays soft and chewie for a day or two (after that, they do get a bit crunchy).

I also wanted to share with you a quick and easy and super yummy way to make banana bread…while I do most of my baking from scratch, this banana bread has always won rave reviews from everyone, and sometimes it’s nice to have something this easy.

Chocolate Cookie Recipe (makes about 6 dozen)

  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Mix oil, melted chocolate, and sugar.  Blend eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla.  Stir in flour, baking powder, and salt into oil mixture.  Chill several hours or overnight.

Heat oven to 350°.  Roll teaspoonful of dough into balls and drop into powdered sugar and roll around in the sugar.  Place about 2 inches apart on greased baking sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes.  DO NOT OVERBAKE.

Tips:

  • I usually don’t get 6 dozen out of this recipe as I make our cookies a bit larger.
  • You can double this recipe, it works well.
  • We are at a higher altitude, so I bake the cookies for about 9 minutes.  They don’t really “look” done at first, so don’t rely on how they look to decide if their done baking.  Make a batch, wait till they cool, and see if they taste overdone.  They will get less soft as they sit, so you really don’t want to over bake.
  • Add the baking powder after mixing in half of the flour, this will help the baking powder give the cookies a good amount of rise (as compared to adding the baking powder and then mixing in the flour).

Banana Bread Cake (my kids call it banana cake)

Use a yellow cake mix, my personal fave with this is the butter yellow recipe.  Use smashed ripe bananas instead of the water called for in the box recipe.  I typically use about 3 medium-to-large bananas.

You can also add nuts to this, pecans or walnuts are awesome.

Bake to the recipe on the box.  This is super yummy, and super easy, and super quick!  I think I read this idea in a magazine or some such thing years ago, but between this and some of the scratch recipes I use, this is the one that everyone always asks for more!!

 

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