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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas With the Duggars Part 1

What does Christmas look like for the Duggar family? For the next two days, we will be discussing how Jim Bob, Michelle, and the kids celebrate the season.

In the days leading up to the 25th, the mouth-watering aroma of every kind of baked good imaginable fills the Duggar home.

"We enjoy taking treats, like cookies and homemade bread and honey butter, to those who serve in the community -- the fire department, the police department as well as some other people that we know that need some encouragement because they've had a rough year," explains Michelle in a recent blog post. Delivering baked goods has been a Duggar Christmas tradition for years.

Even though they are a bustling household, the Duggars still find time to serve others. They even whip up special treats for those who have to limit their sugar intake.

"My daughter Jill makes a homemade salsa with cilantro and onions, and it is delicious," Michelle writes in her Parentables post. "It's also great as a gift because sometimes people can't always do the sugar."

Out of all the recipes they make during Christmas, the Duggars' favorite is Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Would you like to give it a try? We have included the recipe below.

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Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:
2 cookie sheets 
2 sticks melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla (2 tsp. if using imitation)
2 1/4 cups all purpose four
1 ts. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups chocolate chips   

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°. Blend butter and both sugars until soft. Add eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Gently mix in chocolate chips. Scoop by tablespoon size onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly brown.  

Very Important!: Squish all sides of cookie together using a spoon or your fingers. Bake 1 additional minute. Let sit 2 minuets on cookie sheet before removing to cool. This sets the bottom & gives that small amount  of crunch. Makes a difference. 

*Makes 2 dozen cookies

12 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

Anonymous said...

Hi, as I am an Aussie can someone tell me how many grams or oz a stick of butter is please.

Anonymous said...

"Even though they are one of the busiest families in the world"....huh, huh, what, what? I can name you 1,000 busier families in my community alone that don't make a dime off of their busiest-ness and probably could name 1,000,000 busier families in the WORLD. Frog speaking again. Frog speaking again. Again, pride, pride, pride, goeth before a fall...

Kristi said...

Lily and Ellie,

Could you work your magic and get the recipe for Josiah's cheese biscuits and Jill's salsa? Thanks!

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi Anonymous! (at 12:31 AM)

A conventional stick of butter is 4 ounces, 113 grams, or 1/2 cup.

Hope this helps!
Lily and Ellie

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi Kristi!

We don't have access to Jill's salsa recipe right now, but we have the recipe for Josiah's cheese biscuits! Enjoy!

~Lily and Ellie

Josiah's Cheese Biscuits

Dough:
1 1/4 lbs. Bisquik™
3 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
11 oz. cold water

Garlic Spread:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 t. garlic powder
1/4 t. salt
1/8 t. onion powder
1/8 t. dried parsley

Mix Bisquik™, cheese and water until dough is firm. Using a small scoop, place the dough on a baking pan lined with baking paper. Bake in 375° oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. While biscuits bake, combine all spread ingredients. Brush baked biscuits with the garlic topping.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Lily and Ellie

I was just wondering when to squish the sides of the cookie together is it before you bake it or after and than you bake it for the one more minute like you said.

Thanks,

Lily and Ellie said...

Hi Anonymous! (at 12:53 PM on Dec 22)

You squish the sides of the cookies, bake then for an additional minute, let them sit for 2 minutes, and then remove them from the baking sheet to cool.

Thanks for reading!
Lily and Ellie

Ginger said...

I love it when you post the ridiculous anonymous comments, along with the serious ones. They're so entertaining! lol

Sydney said...

I actually made these cookies today! I always make chocolate chip cookies for Christmas, and usually just use the recipe on the back of the chocolate chips. I used the Duggar's {well, Mrs. Brundi's!} recipe and believe it or not, they are actually better than any chocolate chip cookies I've ever made! My new favorite recipe, I think the "squishing" really is the trick to making them perfect. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your page. Just wanted to say thanks for clearing up what a stick of butter is, I live in Australia too and have always wanted to know so I can make US recipes. Keep up the blog, it's great

Anonymous said...

You squish all the cookies edges together???
I'm confused about the squishing part!!

Anonymous said...

This is actually a comment is regards to Halloween. I don't see anything wrong with the fun of Halloween. Granted years ago it was about keeping the banshees away or being haunted forever, and all those superstations of knocking on wood, break a mirror and its seven years of bad luck. Or reading your horoscope, and believing what it says. I do read the Virgo sign and the Chinese zodiac of the snake, its the snake is for the year of 1989. Its all for fun, its like read it and get on with the day. I don't follow anything is says, which some people actually do and take it very serious. And that's up to the person, which I find very funny if they do. Back to the topic of Halloween, today its all for the fun of dressing up in a costume (or) not and getting free candy. What kid doesn't like getting free candy, and pranks don't happen everywhere. Actually in Chicago people can get into a lot of trouble for doing pranks, paying large fines and that as actually decreased pranks more then 90% anyway that's it for now, have a great day.

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