I’ve been substitute teaching these children while their teacher has been out on maternity leave. They are really sweet kids. We’ve gotten to know each other quite well over these weeks. And they were so excited to celebrate my birthday! All day long handmade cards were delivered to the teacher’s desk at the front of the room. One little girl even made me a bracelet by straightening out a jumbo paper clip and bending it into a curve. She fashioned a paper charm for it that said Happy Birthday. We talked about my birthday all day long. I think the subject came up every few minutes. By the end of the school day, I was starting to think that my birthday really is a big deal, just like it was when I was in third grade.
I took treats to share with the class. They loved them and they all want the recipe.
Extreme Chocolate Cookies
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups white sugar (granulated)
1 lb. real margarine or butter (I use Western Family brand Real Margarine)
5 extra large eggs
2 tsp. almond flavoring (1 tsp. if using real almond extract)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Cream together above ingredients.
3 (12 oz.) packages milk chocolate chips
Mix chocolate chips into above mixture.
1 cup cocoa powder
6 ½ cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
Combine dry ingredients. Add to creamed mixture, mixing well. Don’t burn out your mixer; you might have to finish mixing by hand. Scoop dough using an ice cream scoop. (I use one with a two inch diameter.) Pack well. Flatten dough slightly with hands. Put some granulated sugar in a bowl. Press formed cookie dough into granulated sugar to coat. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 7 or 8 minutes. (Oven temperatures vary; do not over bake. If cookies crack, you're baking them too long. If you use a small scoop, bake for about 5 ½ to 6 minutes, but watch for cracking!) Remove cookie sheet to cooling rack.
This recipe makes 4 ½ to 5 dozen big cookies. Sometimes I form the cookies, freeze some of them on a cookie sheet without baking, then dump them into a Ziplock bag and freeze them for later. You can also bake them all and then freeze some. Or, just eat them all!