Christmas and Holiday Cheer

Five nights before the big day,  Santa Claus came through Bellaire, Texas on his way to the North Pole.  The Bellaire Fire Department and Bellaire Police Department escorted Santa on Merrie Lane and street by street inside the south 610 Loop from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. tonight to make sure Santa gets to his destination and reindeer team before Christmas Eve.

Here is a  cookie recipe to bake for Santa’s visit to your home.  Just add a glass of milk.

Christmas Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Makes 2 dozen)

1 stick melted butter or margarine

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

1/4  cup sweetened coconut flakes

1 crushed candy cane (Optional)

2 tablespoons crushed almonds  (Optional)

2 tablespoons dried cranberries (Optional)

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

1/2  teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 egg

1 cup  flour

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Mix the melted butter, sugars, baking soda, salt, coconut flakes, chocolate chips and egg together. Add the flour  and mix. For a holiday flavor, add crushed candy cane, almonds and/or dried cranberries to the cookie dough.  Line baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Drop 1 teaspoonful of  cookie dough on baking sheet and space apart every 2 inches.

Bake 10 -12 minutes.   Remove and serve warm.

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