Groundhog Day! 02/02/2010
 
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Welcome to a Weber/Galloway family tradition (Copyrighted! So no copyright infringement, kiddies!) that has lasted for the past 21 years!!

When I was younger, my dad and I used to bake pretty frequently. One Groundhog Day when I was in kindergarten, my dad decided we should make a batch of cookies and shape it into a groundhog so I could bring it in to school...This turned into a yearly tradition! We also added groundhog shaped pancakes the morning of (though that has changed to an evening tradition for me, since I started college anyway).

Unfortunately, for those who hate winter, our beloved Punxsutawney Phil has predicted another 6 weeks of winter. I'm kind of ok with that because I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for a big blizzard!

Read on for our family secret chocolate chip cookie recipe...; )

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Ingredients (This is enough for one full batch of cookies/2 groundhog cookies)
2 2/3 sticks (22oz) of butter (datsa lotta buttah!)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar (light or dark...really your preference!)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
3 1/2 cup sifted flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 - 1 tsp salt
18 oz chocolate chips
8 oz chocolate frosting

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Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350F and have two ungreased baking sheets at the ready.
  • Mix the sifted flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

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  • Cream the butter and both sugars well, making sure they're thoroughly mixed.
  • Add wet ingredients, vanilla, and both eggs, mixing well after each addition.
  • Add the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, and salt, one third at a time, mixing well after each addition.

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  • Add the chocolate chips and mix well. Don't forget to steal a few chocolate chips for yourself in the process ; )
  • Now comes the groundhog-y part. Spread a few large dollops of the batter on each baking sheet.

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  • You have two options:
  1. Put the general shape down and then cut the groundhog into a more specific form right after it finishes baking. (Papa Leigh's preferred method).
  2. Shape the groundhog precisely before baking. (My preferred method).

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  • Bake for 8 minutes, and then switch the sheets to the other shelves to even out the baking temperature for each.
  • Remove from oven after 16 minutes or so and cool slightly.
  • Transfer to wire racks. (If you are shaping your groundhog after baking, do so before transferring to the wire racks.)

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Then comes the fun part!

Put some of the chocolate icing into a pastry bag and start decorating however you see fit!

We like to give them: eyes, nose, an ear, front and back paws with claws, a tail, a fur all over the body. That way they look great and there's plenty of icing on each piece = )

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The one you see at the top of this recipe is the one John and I decorated.

I've nicknamed this little guy to your left Disco Stu = ) This was my dad's decorating job.

Have fun and keep bundled up for the next 6 weeks!

 


Comments

Dad

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 5:22:21 pm

Groundhog cookies fly! One year one went to Paris, France, other years to Bardland by ground.

 

ruth t weber`

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 6:05:56 pm

 

ruth Weber

Tue, 02 Feb 2010 6:08:41 pm

Claire,
I've heard about PP cookie for the 21 years. Now that I have the recipe it looks like fun to make.
Dad, John and you look like you all are having a great time.
Great news about Aunt Susan and Scott getting engaged.
Love you,
Grandma

 

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 8:06:24 am

Aaaand stolen. It's ok, I consider myself a part of the family. I may also be the worst baker you've ever met...

 

Ariel

Wed, 03 Feb 2010 9:00:25 pm

AHHH! yumyum. I hope to see all you very soon! Except for Bubbe, I get to see her all the time =P

I hope you all enjoyed the cookies though!

 

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