Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas With the Duggars Part 1

What does Christmas look like for the Duggar family? For the next two days, we will be discussing how Jim Bob, Michelle, and the kids celebrate the season.

In the days leading up to the 25th, the mouth-watering aroma of every kind of baked good imaginable fills the Duggar home.

"We enjoy taking treats, like cookies and homemade bread and honey butter, to those who serve in the community -- the fire department, the police department as well as some other people that we know that need some encouragement because they've had a rough year," explains Michelle in a recent TLC blog post. Delivering baked goods has been a Duggar Christmas tradition for years.

Even though they are a bustling household, the Duggars still find time to serve others. They even whip up special treats for those who have to limit their sugar intake.

"My daughter Jill makes a homemade salsa with cilantro and onions, and it is delicious," Michelle writes in her latest TLC Parentables post. "It's also great as a gift because sometimes people can't always do the sugar."

Out of all the recipes they make during Christmas, the Duggars' favorite is Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies. Would you like to give it a try? We have included the recipe below.

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Mrs. Brundi Crawford's Super Yummy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cookie sheets 
2 sticks melted butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla (2 tsp. if using imitation)
2 1/4 cups all purpose four
1 ts. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3 cups chocolate chips   

Preheat oven to 350°. Blend butter and both sugars until soft. Add eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt. Mix well. Gently mix in chocolate chips. Scoop by tablespoon size onto cookie sheets. Bake at 350° for 5-7 minutes, or until lightly brown.  

Very Important!: Squish all sides of cookie together using a spoon or your fingers. Bake 1 additional minute. Let sit 2 minuets on cookie sheet before removing to cool. This sets the bottom & gives that small amount  of crunch. Makes a difference. 

*Makes 2 dozen cookies


  1. Hi, as I am an Aussie can someone tell me how many grams or oz a stick of butter is please.

    1. Hi there are 4 fl oz or 4 fluid ounces of butter in one stick.

  2. "Even though they are one of the busiest families in the world"....huh, huh, what, what? I can name you 1,000 busier families in my community alone that don't make a dime off of their busiest-ness and probably could name 1,000,000 busier families in the WORLD. Frog speaking again. Frog speaking again. Again, pride, pride, pride, goeth before a fall...

  3. Lily and Ellie,

    Could you work your magic and get the recipe for Josiah's cheese biscuits and Jill's salsa? Thanks!

  4. Hi Anonymous! (at 12:31 AM)

    A conventional stick of butter is 4 ounces, 113 grams, or 1/2 cup.

    Hope this helps!
    Lily and Ellie

  5. Hi Kristi!

    We don't have access to Jill's salsa recipe right now, but we have the recipe for Josiah's cheese biscuits! Enjoy!

    ~Lily and Ellie

    Josiah's Cheese Biscuits

    1 1/4 lbs. Bisquik™
    3 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
    11 oz. cold water

    Garlic Spread:
    1/2 cup melted butter
    1 t. garlic powder
    1/4 t. salt
    1/8 t. onion powder
    1/8 t. dried parsley

    Mix Bisquik™, cheese and water until dough is firm. Using a small scoop, place the dough on a baking pan lined with baking paper. Bake in 375° oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. While biscuits bake, combine all spread ingredients. Brush baked biscuits with the garlic topping.

  6. Hey, Lily and Ellie

    I was just wondering when to squish the sides of the cookie together is it before you bake it or after and than you bake it for the one more minute like you said.


  7. Hi Anonymous! (at 12:53 PM on Dec 22)

    You squish the sides of the cookies, bake then for an additional minute, let them sit for 2 minutes, and then remove them from the baking sheet to cool.

    Thanks for reading!
    Lily and Ellie

  8. I love it when you post the ridiculous anonymous comments, along with the serious ones. They're so entertaining! lol

  9. I actually made these cookies today! I always make chocolate chip cookies for Christmas, and usually just use the recipe on the back of the chocolate chips. I used the Duggar's {well, Mrs. Brundi's!} recipe and believe it or not, they are actually better than any chocolate chip cookies I've ever made! My new favorite recipe, I think the "squishing" really is the trick to making them perfect. :)

  10. I love your page. Just wanted to say thanks for clearing up what a stick of butter is, I live in Australia too and have always wanted to know so I can make US recipes. Keep up the blog, it's great

  11. You squish all the cookies edges together???
    I'm confused about the squishing part!!

  12. This is actually a comment is regards to Halloween. I don't see anything wrong with the fun of Halloween. Granted years ago it was about keeping the banshees away or being haunted forever, and all those superstations of knocking on wood, break a mirror and its seven years of bad luck. Or reading your horoscope, and believing what it says. I do read the Virgo sign and the Chinese zodiac of the snake, its the snake is for the year of 1989. Its all for fun, its like read it and get on with the day. I don't follow anything is says, which some people actually do and take it very serious. And that's up to the person, which I find very funny if they do. Back to the topic of Halloween, today its all for the fun of dressing up in a costume (or) not and getting free candy. What kid doesn't like getting free candy, and pranks don't happen everywhere. Actually in Chicago people can get into a lot of trouble for doing pranks, paying large fines and that as actually decreased pranks more then 90% anyway that's it for now, have a great day.

  13. What does it mean by "squish"

  14. This is the Tall House recipe I grew up with. If you bake before chilling at 350 they spread out flatter however if you chill dough and spoon out in tablespoon size chunks and bake at 375 for 13 min they are crispy around edge and soft and chewy in middle. When you pull them from oven they appear not completely cooked. Let rest on hot sheet for 2 minutes before transferring on rack to cool completely.
    " Squish" is pinching to make stand up on sides...the dough is soft if not chilled first.

  15. hi what is bisquik as im in Australia and don't know what it is please help and what can I use to replace it please

  16. @Anonymous

    Hi Anonymous 15,

    Bisquick is a store-bought baking mix. You can make your own Bisquick using this recipe:

    Lily and Ellie

  17. Thank you for sharing from this wonderful family who allows us into their lives through this show. What a great example they are to us. As I am sure they are not perfect it is awesome to see how well they serve those around them with gladness and joy. I appreciate the tenderness, kindness, and hospitality they share via their show. Their Godly example of grace is something from which everyone can learn. thank you

  18. I enjoy both of your show but do you have a recipes for peanut butter cookies?


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