Saturday, 26 January 2013

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

Bake Some Love for Valentine's Day....

Preheated Oven:  375 Degrees F
Bake:  8 minutes per batch


3/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup of shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2-3 cups chocolate chips

How to:

Beat softened butter and shortening together with electric mixer until combined.  

Add brown sugar, granulated sugar baking soda and salt.  Beat until well combined.  Scrape the sides of bowl with spatula occasionally.

Beat in eggs and vanilla. 

Add flour a bit at a time until mixture gets too thick to mix with electric mixer (for those using a hand-held electric mixer don't mix when dough gets really thick or you will burn out the motor).  Stir in any remaining flour that could not be mixed.

Stir in chocolate chips

Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet (about 2 inches apart).  I flatten the dough for a traditional flat chocolate chip cookie (see my photo of baked cookies).  

Bake for about 8 minutes in 375 degree F oven or until the edges start to turn brown.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Adapted from 100 Best Cookies, Better Homes and Gardens

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