Sunday, February 19, 2012

Best Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I bring you a wonderful Chocolate Chip Cookie!
Who doesn't like a warm cookie straight from the oven?
These chocolate chip cookies are nice change from the recipes you find
on the back of chocolate chips packages!
Thanks to my Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook (thanks mom)
I have found my new favorite recipe!

1/2 cup butter
1/2  cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda 
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 12 ounce bag or 2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
Chopped up Dark/Milk Chocolate Bars (optional)
1 1/2 chopped nuts (optional)

In a large mixing bowl beat the shortening and butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Beat mixture until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in the eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour. Stir in chocolate pieces and, if desired, nuts.

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool. Makes about 60 cookies.  ***I made them into giant cookies using 1/4 cup of dough for each one and baked for 10-12 minutes (making about 18 cookies).

NOTE: When I baked these with Spelt Flour the cookies were nice and flat, but chewy and crunchy all at the same time. When I baked these with all purpose flour they were much fluffier.  In the taste test...the Spelt Flour cookies won!

All Purpose Flour Cookies 

Spelt Flour Cookies w/ added dark chocolate chunks and a hand measure to show the size

*** Recipe Adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook***

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