Friday, May 22, 2009

the best chocolate chip cookies ever!

Looking for a full-proof chocolate chip cookie recipe? THIS is it. Chrissy Kirkland gave me this recipe and she originally got it from Ember Hansen. You can do all sorts of renditions by adding your particular favorite chips, nuts, etc.

1 c. shortening
1 c. brown sugar (I used dark brown - which is unusual for me)
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs

2 c. + 4 TBSP flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
chocolate chips (your favorite)
nuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 335 degrees.
Beat first 5 ingredients together. 
Combine flour, salt, & baking soda. (I use a sifter and add ingredients at once and then churn into a separate bowl - just my preference but not really necessary).
Add flour mixture to wet mixture and mix until blended completely. (scraping bowl often).
Add chocolate chips and nuts in the amount that you prefer.
Using a medium-sized ice cream scoop, place a dollop of cookie dough on cookie sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. (I tend to bake mine for 11 minutes, pull them out of the oven, let them sit on the cookie sheet for one minute and then remove to a cooling rack). 

These are seriously delicious cookies and are quite easy. You can have a batch made up in a pinch. 

serving size: 2-3 dozen
start to finish: 30-45 minutes to fresh baked cookies

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