Chocolate chip cookies are my favorite cookie. Nothing makes the house smell more like home than a batch of these lovelies baking in the oven.
To begin, preheat the oven to 350°F and round up the usual suspects: all purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Mix them up in a medium sized bowl, and set aside.
Next, get the second group of rascals: butter flavored shortening, butter, light brown sugar, milk, vanilla, and egg. Many recipes call for butter, or shortening, however I have found mixing them gives the perfect consistency of a crunchy outside with a chewy inside.
Whip the butter and shortening together first until creamy. Add the sugar, milk, and vanilla and blend.
Lastly add the egg until just blended. It will look creamy and delicious.
Add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture a half cup at a time, until all has been mixed.
Place the dough in a medium bowl and mix in the chocolate chips by hand. An excellent way to make these even more delicious is using the triple chip trick: ½ cup each semi sweet chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips. I only had the semi sweet chips on hand, so that is what you see in the picture.
Using a small scoop, create even portions of dough.
Then roll them into balls by hand. This will make very pretty cookies.
**Note: For portion control, I only bake 1 or 2 dozen cookies at a time. Once I have them rolled into balls, I pop them into the freezer on a cookie sheet for 30 minutes or until frozen. The the dough balls can then be put into a plastic freezer bag, and baked as desired. I put them directly from freezer to cookie sheet and bake an additional 2 minutes.**
Bake 12 to 15 minutes until cookies are golden brown. If you prefer a more chewy cookie bake 12 minutes. If you prefer more crunch bake 15 minutes.
Allow them to cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet before removing them to cool completely.
The cookies on the left are Peanut Butter Toffee and the cookies on the right are the chocolate chip.
Grab a big glass of milk, and enjoy.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 60 minutes Servings: 4 dozen
½ cup butter, unsalted and softened
½ cup butter flavored shortening
1¼ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
2½ cups all purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ to 2 cups chocolate chips
Heat the oven to 350°F.
Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Set aside.
Combine butter and shortening until creamy. Add brown sugar, milk, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat an egg into the creamed mixture
Add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture ½ cup at a time until blended. Add the chocolate chips by hand.
Drop dough onto ungreased cookie sheet using a small scoop about 3 inches apart. Roll dough into balls by hand. Bake one sheet at a time on middle rack for 12 to 15 minutes until cookies are light brown on top.
Cool two minutes on cookie sheet, then remove cookies to foil or a cooling rack to cool completely.