When I’m not in the mood to step out of the box with flavors, I enjoy going back to the basics with tried and true recipes that I have been using for years. It’s a great opportunity to see how far I have come and a wonderful reminder of how fun food can be.
My Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies is the first recipe I made at the wee age of 9 or 10. I can’t tell you how many times I have baked these classic cookies over the years. The book I use is a 1980’s Betty Crocker cookbook covered in scribbled “C’s” from when I was learning to write my name. It’s kind of ironic that I used cookbooks for handwriting practice. The exact page is marked and stained with ingredients gone by, and there is nothing more comforting than an old favorite.
As I mentioned before, I can’t tell you how many times I have used this recipe. So much so, I have seen grown men cry when they bite into the gooey, chewy and sweet goodness of this cookie. Now here is a question for you. What is your favorite cookie? What makes you squeal with joy and take you back to a more innocent time in your life? You never know, they might be featured in the next few postings.
Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
2/3 cup shortening
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups unbleached white flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
12 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix sugars, butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Next add the eggs and vanilla until combined. Slowly add the flour, baking soda and salt. Be careful not to over mix the dough. Turn off the mixer and hand fold the chocolate chips until well combined.
Using a small ice cream scoop, drop the cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 6 to 8 minutes, rotating the trays halfway through. Remove from the oven and allow the cookies to cool completely on the cookie sheet. I have found this to be the best way to guarantee perfectly soft cookies each and every time. Makes about 3 ½ dozen cookies.
Authors Note: Looking for a fun twist on the classic cookie? Substitute the semisweet chocolate chips for mini M&M’s.