I realize that just about every child says this, but my mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. True story.
Last weekend, Greg and I made two batches using her recipe for a family get together, and they were a huge hit. The other day, we made a batch just because. Yeah, they’re just that good. So good that I’m deeming them blog-worthy. So, without further ado, the recipe:
2/3 Cup Salted Butter, softened
2/3 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
12 oz (or more!) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips (we’re Ghirardelli fans)
Combine all ingredients except flour and chips. Once you’ve reached an “ice cream like” consistency, add flour, then fold in the chips. I actually put a little more than one 12 oz bag because we like our cookies “chippy”, as Greg says. Chill the dough for about an hour or until its stiffened up a bit. I think the dough cooks even better if you let it chill overnight. This is where I’m supposed to tell you not to eat the dough because raw eggs aren’t good for you…
…but that’s not going to happen. Bake at 375° for 12 minutes (or until the tops aren’t glossy anymore). They are very yummy right when they come out of the oven, but Greg and I think they’re even better after they’ve cooled for a good long time. These cookies are one of those things that are even better the day after. They’re perfect for baking a large batch or two the night before a big get-together.
Once in a while, we like to add pecans for chocolate pecan cookies (which is our favorite combo) or peanut butter chips for yummy chocolate and peanut butter cookies. But, really, you just can’t beat a good ‘ole classic chocolate chip cookie. Oh, and here’s a tip if you want to impress the mother-in-law… after you place the balls of dough on the pan, place about six or seven additional chocolate chips on the outside of each ball. When you take them out of the oven, you’ll have picture-perfect cookies that look like Martha Stewart herself made them.
This weekend, Greg and I are working on the carport yet again. The lumber we scored on Craigslist (more on that here) is being delivered sometime this weekend, and weather permitting, we’re hoping to get some plank staining done so we can get this ball rolling. Happy weekend, everyone!