Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Spread Cookies - Super simple and delicious holiday recipe

I make a TON of holiday goodies. Someone asked me the other day on twitter and I probably named 10 things I make every year off the top of my head. Each year I try out a few other recipes as well as my staples, and this is one I started making last year.

This is a Pioneer Woman recipe. It's SO easy and really good. It's a great one to have the kids help you with!

And you change change up the topping to suit your taste!

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Spread Cookies
Source: The Pioneer Woman (featured on

            1 cup Brown Sugar
            1 cup Margarine
            1 whole Egg
            2 cups Flour
            1/2 teaspoon Salt
            1 teaspoon Vanilla
            6 ounces, weight ( To 8 Ounces) Chocolate Chips - see notes below


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together brown sugar and margarine. Add egg and mix together. Add flour, salt, and vanilla, and mix together well.
Spread dough onto cookie sheet to a thickness of 1/4 to 1/2-inch.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly brown. At this point, pull out of the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips evenly over the top. Return to oven for 1 minute. 

Remove and spread melted chips over the top. Cut into squares. (See below!)


Bake time - I've never made these in 15 minutes. The batch I made yesterday took 28 minutes to fully cook. Why? It depends on how thick you spread the batter!

I never measure the chocolate - I just dump a bunch on there. 

Also, I usually put the chocolate on and then pop it back in the oven (turned off) for about 2 minutes. It helps it melt super fast! 

You can mix up the toppings! I've done milk chocolate, dark chocolate, Andes after dinner chocolate mints and chocolate topped with crushed peppermint. You could do peanut butter and chocolate too!

I let mine harden all the way before cutting. Otherwise, it just kind of spreads the gooey chocolate everywhere! If you're in a hurry, pop them in the freezer to help the chocolate set up!

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