I don’t know what it is about the holidays that makes you want to get up and start baking. Thanksgiving may be all about the pumpkin pie. But, Christmas is all about the milk and cookies.
And I can’t think of a better way better way to get into the baking spirit than to look through a Disney cookbook for some inspiration. And lo and behold, I found a recipe that was perfect for this time of year…Mickey shaped cookies settled nicely on top of a glass of milk.
Milk and cookies on the go? Perfect for Santa’s busy schedule!
Going Against The Book’s Recommendation
The Disney Eats cookbook is filled with quick and easy recipes, which is perfect for someone like me. When it comes to putting together food, quick and easy is the only way I like it. And there’s nothing simpler than buying some store bought cookie dough, slapping it onto a pan, and sticking it in the oven.
But, seeing how delicious Tasty’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Recipe looked, I knew I had to throw quick out the window and focus on just making some delicious cookies. Fortunately, this recipe comes with a 94% “would bake again” rating and the claim that anyone can make them. So, I figured I couldn’t mess them up too badly.
The only thing I worried about was how a soft and chewy cookie would work when placing it onto the milk bottle. Should I have just gone with a crispier cookie recipe? Probably. But, I love chewy chocolate chip cookies. So, possible problems down the road was the risk I was willing to take.
After all, Santa is someone who knows his cookies. And I’m not about to upset him with some inferior cookie recipe.
In case you’re wondering just how soft and chewy these cookies are, here’s the proof.
We had a few casualties trying to find the right cookie for the photos (blogging problems, am I right?). But, all in all, it really wasn’t as big of a hassle as I had envisioned. Once I found the right cookie, it stayed perfectly intact for the entire photo session.
Tasty’s Cookie Ingredients – makes 12 cookies
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 4 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chunks and 4 oz dark chocolate chunk – I don’t like dark chocolate, so I used all semi-sweet chocolate chunks I found at my local Aldi
Other Products I Used
- Disney Eats Recipe Book
- Reusable Glass Milk Bottles
- Polka Dot Paper Straws or Mickey and Minnie Straws – both are 100% biodegradable
- Mickey Cookie Cutters. While not the exact cookie cutter I have, any one that is not too large will do. My cookie cutter was a gift from my mom a few years ago and was attached to an oven mitt and filled with a cookie mix.
Tasty’s Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (with some modifications for Mickey shaped cookies)
- Whisk together the sugars, salt, and butter until there are no lumps
- Whisk in the egg and vanilla, beating until light ribbons fall off the whisk
- Sift in the flour and baking soda
- Fold the mixture with a spatula, being careful not to overmix
- Fold in the chocolate chunks, then chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. Chilling the dough overnight is recommended to give your cookies a more intense toffee-like flavor and a deeper color. We left the dough in the fridge overnight.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Normally, you would be careful not to place cookies close together since they spread out during cooking. But, being an inexperienced baker, I wasn’t sure they’d bake the way I wanted them to if I spread the dough out on the baking sheet. So, I did use correct measurements on Tasty’s website to make the dough balls. But, I baked them closer than recommended (enough to barely touch) in case I needed to steal a little bit of another cookie to fit my cookie cutter.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges have started to barely brown
- Cool completely before cutting (the chocolate will be very gooey)
- Use a separate straw to poke a hole in the middle of the cookie and add your straw to the cookie.
- Place your cookie/straw into the milk bottle, filled with the milk of your choosing (I chose almond milk). Surprisingly, I found this to be easier than trying to place a cookie on the straw after it was already in the milk bottle. It ended up either splitting the cookie in half or creating a crumbly mess on top and in the milk glass.
- Place your milk and cookies out for Santa to enjoy
Interested in some of the other Recipes we’ve made?
- Ohana Pineapple Coconut Breakfast Bread
- Dole Whip
- LeFou’s Brew
- The Grey Stuff
- Captain America S’mores Dip
- Our failed attempt at making good looking Churros