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Holidays the perfect time to try 'best ever' cookies

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  • People who say chocolate chip cookies don't belong on a holiday cookie platter have never tried these Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies.

      People who say chocolate chip cookies don't belong on a holiday cookie platter have never tried these Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies.
    Alicia Ross/Kitchen Scoop

 
 

About 15 years ago, chocolate chip cookies were my go-to Christmas treats. I would bake batch after batch to give away and take to holiday parties and cookie exchanges.

Then one year I gave a batch to my friend, Neil. He immediately asked for the recipe, and before I knew it, he was hard at work baking batches in his own kitchen.

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As the years passed, I moved on to other Christmas treats, but my friend kept baking that tried-and-true chocolate chip cookie. He baked so many batches that they became known around the neighborhood as "Mr. Neil's Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies."

These are crispy oat and chocolate chip cookies, not your traditional Toll House cookies. They spread as they bake; when hot out of the oven, they are moist and gooey-good. After cooling on a wire rack, they get crispy and are perfect with a hot beverage or a cold glass of milk.

But the best part is they are perfect to give away. Whether stored in a tin or on a platter wrapped in foil, be sure to include a copy of the recipe. But watch out, they will soon become someone else's "Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies."

What's your favorite holiday cookie? Share the recipe with Alicia Ross at Alicia@KitchenScoop.com.

• Alicia Ross is the co-author of "Desperation Dinners!" cookbook series. More online at kitchenscoop.com.

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