Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!!!

I love that just about every day is a holiday, whether it is big or small, and that most are celebrating food.  My kids have began to ask me each day, "Mom, what holiday is today?"  They look forward to doing something special with our meals, in one way or another. 

Today, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!  I don't know anyone who wouldn't want to celebrate a chocolate chip cookie.  So it is only fitting that I share my favorite cookie recipe.  Soft, chewy, and filled with chocolate chips, you won't be able to get enough.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
2/3 cup Butter
2/3 cup Shortening or Coconut oil
1 cup Sugar
1 cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
3 1/2 cups Flour
1 tsp Salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda
1 bag Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter, shortening, sugar and brown sugar until fluffy.  Add the eggs and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add the dry ingredients and mix until well blended.  Stir in the chocolate chips.

Using a cookie scoop, scoop dough onto parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 9-10 minutes.  Take them out when they look not quite done.  Let sit on the tray for 3 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack and try to let them cool, they are really that good.

** Variations **
Add 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts.
Add 1-2 cups toffee chips along with the chocolate chips.

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