Sunday, March 13, 2011

Chocolate Chip Cookies: Two Recipes

Family Favourite Chocolate Chip Cookies

(double batch)

Preheat oven to 350F.

1 cup shortening (Crisco)
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. Vanilla (pure or extract)
Mix these ingredients in large bowl of mixer until light and fluffy.

Stir in: 2 cups all-purpose flour
            1 tsp. Baking soda
            1 tsp. Salt
until blended.

Fold in about 2-3 cups of chocolate chips – you decide how many you want. You can add nuts too, it you like them. Drop by spoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheet. I line mine with foil. Modern cooks use parchment paper or Silpat liners/

Bake at 350F. for 7-8 min. Remove from oven when bottoms are just turning brown and tops still look uncooked. Let pan sit on rack to cool. Cookies will finish baking. Remove carefully when cool. Makes about 5 – 6 dozen, depending on how large you make them.

Karen’s note: play with the timing.  On my oven I do 9 minutes.  You want to under bake them a bit and then take them out and let them continue baking themselves while they cool.  Sooo delish!

Jean’s notes:
·       Instead of Crisco, use unsalted butter
·       To make cookies a little healthier, you can replace half the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour and try cutting down on some of the sugar and salt
·       Use semi-sweet chocolate chips or just chop some semi-sweet chocolate
·       You can also add up to 2 cups rolled oats and raisins instead of or as well as chocolate chips
·       Good nuts to use, if you want them, are chopped walnuts or pecans
·       I bake the cookies at 375F, not 350F, as in Karen’s recipe
·       The cookies freeze very well

Chocolate Chip Cookies from Fred and Megan’s Wedding

½ cup Castor Sugar
½ cup packed Brown Sugar
115g cold Butter

1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Bicarbonate of Soda

1 ¼ cup all-purpose Flour
¼ tsp salt

1 ½ cup semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
1 cup Walnuts or Pecans, chopped

Preheat the oven to 300F (150C)

Beat sugars and butter until smooth. Beat in egg, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda. Mix  the flour and salt together and add to the butter mixture.

Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Let the batter rest for about an hour, then scoop the dough into 2 tablespoon balls. Bake between 15 – 18 minutes (or until pale golden brown) in a 300F (150C) oven.