Happy Weekend Recipes


The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever / 7th House on the Left

I realize that just about every child says this, but my mom makes the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. True story.

Happy Weekend | 7th House on the Left

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
2 Eggs
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 GhirardelliΒ 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…

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever / 7th House on the Left

…but that’s not going to happen. Bake at 375Β° 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.

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever / 7th House on the Left

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.Β 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!

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    christina @ homemade ocean
    June 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I was all “how on earth do you get your cookies that pretty” and then you gave me the mother-in-law trick. I can’t wait to try it!!!! Thanks so much πŸ™‚

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    June 7, 2013 at 11:30 am

    If you aren’t supposed to eat raw cookie dough, then why did God make it so delicious?

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      June 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

      I know, right?!

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    Geena B
    June 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I WILL be making these this weekend with my kids! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Sara M
    June 7, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Okay, the photo of the cookie dough had me at hello.

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    June 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I was going to ask the same thing about how you make the cookies look perfect. Great tip!

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    June 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Yum, yum, yum!!!
    Have a great weekend you two!

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    June 7, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    They look delish! Mine always run together and bake flat, I’ll have to give these a go, maybe they will solve my life long battle with cookies!

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      June 7, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      Just make sure the dough is really cold before you bake them and you’ll have nice “pleasantly plump” cookies, haha.

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    RENA L.
    June 7, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Seriously, you take the best pictures! I want to grab the cookie off the screen and eat it! I will definitely be trying this recipe. And you’re right. You can’t beat the good old chocolate chip cookie! But the peanut butter chip seems worth a try too:)

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    Shawna @ DakotaCreekChic
    June 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Now I have to make cookies!! LOL. They look delicious! Cannot wait to see the finished carport ceiling. Love your design taste.

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    Sarah {20 State}
    June 8, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Chocolate meets cookie, um hello! Look so yummy and cannot wait to try them!

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    Raine Blunk
    June 9, 2013 at 5:15 am

    When I was browsing this site, my 9 year old daughter, who was curiously looking at my computer saw the picture of your cookies and immediately told me that we will make those cookies. Well, it’s happening right now. I just felt I have to leave a comment to thank you for this wonderful recipe. Thanks a lot. πŸ˜€

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      June 9, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Aw, yay! I hope you guys enjoy them!

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    June 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    What size are the cookies? 1 tablespoon – 1 1/2?
    Beautiful Picture of the cookie with the Mason Jar Milk Container

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      June 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you! Umm… I just eyeball it, but I’d day they’re around 1 1/2 tablespoons… maybe a smidgen more : )

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    June 10, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    Darn you!!! I was doing so good with eating well and I made these cookies last night- I ate 4 of them and have about 30 left- they are delicious!

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    Casey @ DIY Playbook
    June 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    These look amazing!!! Holy yumm-o!

    I love the eating raw cookie dough part. How could you not eat it..it’s the BEST part about making cookies in the first place. Bring on the raw eggs πŸ˜‰

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    August 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    How many cookies does this recipe yield?

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