January 15, 2012

chocolate chip cookies

Have you tried the Texas sheet cake recipe yet? Is your sweet tooth ready for another treat? Great because Julie from Coco and Cocoa is sharing another tasty recipe with us today. 

chocolate chip cookies.

When I was in elementary school my best friends would get so excited when my Mom would send me her homemade chocolate chip cookies in my lunch. I was usually nice and give them a bite. This recipe is one that has been made hundreds of times over the years (and often made in double batches).

I do have one note about this recipe. It's funny to me how even slightly changing one ingredient can drastically change the outcome of a recipe sometimes. In the case of this recipe, I notice the most change if I mess with the shortening. Butter flavored Crisco gives me the best results. I've tried other kinds and it's the one I always come back to.

1 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs

Cream together the shortening and sugar. Then add the vanilla and eggs. Mix well.

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (add more if the dough seems too soft)
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz. chocolate chips

Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the creamy shortening/sugar mixture. Once it is all mixed together, add the chocolate chips.

Place rounded spoonfuls on an un-greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. You need to check them after about 8 minutes. They're best if you take them out when they just start turning brown on top.