Confession time. I don't like Chocolate Chip Cookies.
I don't know why. I just don't.
as is well-documented, only likes things with copious amounts of chocolate in them. So, I thought maybe I could "spice up" my sugar cookies by adding something extra, like chocolate chips.
The reason I didn't just go with a chocolate chip cookie recipe, besides the aforementioned dislike of the cookies themselves, is that I wanted to make cut-outs. I wanted to make cookie pops, to boot, so I needed a recipe that was not going to spread on me.
Vanilla Sugar Cookie Recipe, and before adding the flour mixture to the butter/sugar/egg mixture, I added about 1/2-3/4 cup of chocolate chips (or the toffee bits) to the flour and whisked them in. Then finished mixing the dough as usual.
I'm the only one in my family who appreciates the awesomeness of all things spicy cinnamon flavored, so I didn't want to make too many of those. (Not to mention that I was giving the cookie pops to 5-year-olds in my kids' class, so I don't think many of them would have appreciated them either.)
I think you could really use either method to add the mix-ins. Adding them later just gives you the option of doing more than one flavor with one batch of dough. Multitasking, you know??
You bake these cookies just like you would any other cookie, though I will say that occasionally cutting out the Red-Hot ones were tough because those things don't like to cut with a cookie cutter. (But still SO worth it if you like the cinnamon!)
Some of the Red Hots and Heath bits did melt in the oven, so be sure you use parchment paper to line the tray, but otherwise, they really do bake like a regular sugar cookie.
Actually, if you squint, on that one you can see a tiny dot there on the bottom petal where a little Heath bit is sticking out. I forgot about that. That was really the only bad spot in the whole batch. (3 batches actually-- around 45 cookie pops, and only one visible spot from the mix-ins. Not bad, I say, and totally worth it!)
What would you want to add in to your cut out cookies??? Let me know if you try it!
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