Many of us look forward to our favorite Christmas cookies this time of year.

My mom always makes my favorite: refrigerator date cookies. Of course, her sugar cookies are amazing, as are her thumbprints with jam in the center.

My husband Fred's favorite is snowballs covered with powdered sugar.

Evidence of his cookie snitching often can be found on his shirt.

Some years ago, a non-traditional holiday cookie (for us) became a traditional Christmas gift thanks to my son-in-law, Jack.

When I asked what I could send with Fred on an annual August trip to Lake Powell, Jack asked for a couple batches of chocolate chip cookies.

I decided to punch up the cookies a bit and since then, Jack has asked for my "special" chocolate chip cookies.

Then the idea came to me one year, via my daughter, to give Jack those cookies for Christmas since I never know what to get him.

Then the next year, I made several batches of cookie dough, formed the dough into rolls, wrapped and froze them and hid them in the freezer until Christmas morning.

This gift of frozen cookie dough was a huge hit.

The family comes back from all those winter sports they love, pulls out a roll, cuts a cookie or two per person and bakes them.

And that is how my "special" chocolate chip cookie became a tradition for our family at Christmas and is enjoyed for months to come.

Many of us look forward to our favorite Christmas cookies this time of year.

My mom always makes my favorite: refrigerator date cookies. Of course, her sugar cookies are amazing, as are her thumbprints with jam in the center.

My husband Fred's favorite is snowballs covered with powdered sugar. Evidence of his cookie snitching often can be found on his shirt.

Some years ago, a non-traditional holiday cookie (for us) became a traditional Christmas gift thanks to my son-in-law, Jack.

When I asked what I could send with Fred on an annual August trip to Lake Powell, Jack asked for a couple batches of chocolate chip cookies.

I decided to punch the cookies up a bit and since then, Jack has asked for my "special" chocolate chip cookies.

Then the idea came to me one year, via my daughter, to give Jack those cookies for Christmas since I never know what to get him.

And then the next year, I made several batches of cookie dough, formed the dough into rolls, wrapped and froze them and hid them in the freezer until Christmas morning.

This gift of frozen cookie dough was a huge hit!

The family comes back from all those winter sports they love, pulls out a roll, cuts a cookie or two per person and bakes them.

And that is how my "special" chocolate chip cookie became a tradition for our family at Christmas and is enjoyed for months to come.

Jack's Special Chocolate Chip Cookies

I simply follow the recipe on the Nestle's Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chip bag with these alterations:

Double the chocolate chips (if this seems like too many chips, just add one additional cup)

Double the walnuts

Vanilla — use 1 tablespoon real vanilla

Use unsalted butter

The day before I am ready to mix up these cookies, I measure out all ingredients for each of the nine batches I usually make.

The flour, salt and baking soda go on one plate, brown and white sugar on another, vanilla measured into small containers and the chips and nuts on another plate.

I take the butter for each batch out of the refrigerator the minute I get up in the morning so it can soften, and I place two eggs with each batch ingredients.

Working one batch of the recipe at a time, I cream the soften butter and sugars then add the eggs and vanilla, mixing to a creamy mixture. Slowly the flour mixture is added and mixed in until all ingredients are well-blended.

Then Fred mixes in the nuts and chips by hand using a very sturdy large spoon since my 25-year-old mixer can't take that load.

Chill dough in the refrigerator while you are making the next batch. When it is chilled and firm, roll the dough into whatever size rolls you want. We roll them in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil and then freeze.

When you want some fresh cookies, take a roll from the freezer and slice the number of cookies you want. Let the sliced, frozen cookies sit on cookie sheet for just a few minutes before baking.

Bake the cookies at suggested temperature on the Nestle's package.

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