Monday, August 8, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies




Everyone needs a good chocolate chip cookie recipe. So I thought I would share the one I like and share a few tips to help make any batch of chocolate chip cookies better.

Tips:

1. When the recipe says to cream the butter and sugars together it really means it! When making this recipe I will usually cream the butter and sugars for 3-5 minutes. I know it seems like a long time, but you want the mixture to be nice and fluffy. This allows more air to be whipped into the batter and gives the cookie just a little bit of crispiness on the outside while still keeping the soft and chewy inside.
2. Make them BIG! I like to use about 1/4 of a cup of dough per cookie. Doing this gives the cookie different textures, a crisp firm edge and a soft chewy center. And come one who wouldn't want a bigger cookie:)

I know these are just two really simple things, but the first time I made these changes my husband(CCC are his all time favorite dessert) loved the cookies and told me I should use this new recipe all of the time. Well it wasn't a new recipe, just a few simple changes that make a huge difference.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup shortening

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

1 tsp baking soda

2 3/4 cups flour

2 cups chocolate chips

CREAM the butter, shortening and sugars together. Add the eggs one at a time mixing after each one. Add the vanilla. Add the dry ingredients and mix until well incorporated. Fold in the chocolate chips. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

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