Archive | October 2012

My favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe

I love to bake, especially cookies. My all time favorite are chocolate chip. Over the years I’ve tried several different recipes; from the traditional Toll House to Hershey’s, you name it. Ultimately I decided on my own variation.

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar

1 cup shortening (I use Crisco)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 cups all purpose flour

2 cups chocolate chips (or one 11 oz. bag)

Notice I didn’t mention salt? I don’t bother with it & no one misses it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream shortening & sugars, add vanilla & eggs in one bowl. Sift flour & add baking soda then add to wet ingredients.  Once all dry ingredients are incorporated, add chips & nuts if you like. I’m not a fan of walnuts so I omit them. Scoop by teaspoon full or cookie scoop onto ungreased cookie sheet & bake for 14 minutes. Cookies will appear undone; that is what they should look like ( this will help your cookies stay soft for several days rather than getting hard, IF they last that long!). Place cookies on cooling rack, or just scorch the inside of your mouth eating them straight from the oven like me!

There are several variations on this recipe I’ve tried as well- white chocolate chips, butter scotch chips, adding coconut, using different extracts like raspberry or almond. It’s definitely a family favorite. I hope you’ll enjoy them too!

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