Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Dore's Chocolate Chip Cookies

My sister-in-law Dore makes the BEST cookies. I am serious, they are delicious and I think they turn out so well because she has a sixth sense for exactly when to take the cookies out of the oven - they are always perfectly cooked with a nice golden exterior and lovely lovely chewy inside. Well this is her recipe. Mine turned out nearly as well, though I think Dore always makes her cookies a little bigger. (Next time I'm going to try a bigger cookie scoop.)

Dore's Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups flour (I added 1/4 cup for high altitude, so you can subtract that if you are at a lower altitude)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter flavored shortening
2 tablespoons water
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
12 oz. package or 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (or any other chips of your choosing)
1 cup nuts (optional, macadamia nuts are especially good in these cookies)

Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. Beat shortening, 2 tablespoon water, sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a mixer until creamy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in the flour mixture. Stir in chips and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto and ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 9 - 11 minutes or until golden brown. Don't over bake. Makes from 3 to 5 dozen cookies depending on how large you make them.

1 comment:

Jess said...

Hey Jenni, I was looking at this recipe (I'm always on the lookout for a good recipe). Anyway, it looks pretty much the same as my regular recipe. I discovered that you can cut the shortening down to 3/4 cup if you want without any change to texture or flavor or anything. I'll have to try the butter-flavored shortening, though. I've only used the regular shortening, but I find I like butter based cookies better. Hmmm...maybe I'll have to make some cookies soon!