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Mix It Up With Jenny - Lunchbox Love

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Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies
No-Bake Butterscotch Snack Bites

(Family Features) - When it's time to start making school lunches again, I like to pack a special homemade treat as a way to say "I love you." It's a tradition the kids will remember for years to come.

You can't go wrong with the Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies - they're a classic lunchbox treat and always a favorite! For a tasty no-bake recipe, try these Butterscotch Snack Bites - you can make them in three fun ways - in muffin cups, as snackable bars or in mini muffin cups. The mini versions are the perfect size for an after-lunch treat. Along with a delicious dessert, include a hand-written note with words of encouragement for the day.      

For more ways to bake some love for your family, visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.

Jenny Harper is Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manage for the Nestlé Test Kitchens and VeryBestBaking.com.

Original Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (12-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

    1. PREHEAT oven to 375° F.
    2. COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
    3. BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Makes 5 dozen cookies

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Pan Cookie Variation: Grease 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan. Prepare dough as above. Spread into prepared pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Makes 4 dozen bars

No-Bake Butterscotch Snack Bites

  • 3 cups toasted rice cereal
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts, pecans and/or almonds
  • 1 2/3 cups (11-ounce package) Nestlé Toll House Butterscotch Flavored Morsels, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup

    1. PAPER-LINE or lightly grease 24 muffin cups.
    2. COMBINE cereal, oats, nuts, 1/2 cup morsels and salt in large mixing bowl.
    3. MELT remaining morsels and corn syrup in uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on MEDIUM-HIGH (70%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.
    4. DRIZZLE melted morsel mixture over cereal mixture; stir until combined. Working quickly, press 1/4 cup of mixture into each prepared cup. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes or until firm. Store in tightly covered container(s) at room temperature.

Yields 2 dozen snack bites

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
For Mini Snackbites: Paper-line or grease mini muffin cups. Prepare recipe as above; press about 1 tablespoon of mixture into each prepared cup. Makes about 4 1/2 dozen mini snack bites.

For Snackbite Bars: Lightly grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Prepare recipe as above and press mixture into prepared pan. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or until firm. Makes 2 dozen bars.

Tip: Morsels can also be melted on top of a double boiler following package melting directions, adding corn syrup to melted morsels.

SOURCE: Nestlé

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