Friday, November 13, 2009

Mmm, chocolate chip cookies!

For a baker, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth. Not to say that I don't like sweets, they just aren't my very favorite thing. My list of favorite things to eat goes like this:

1. Cabbage
2. Collard Greens
3. Honeycrisp Apples
4. Bacon
5. Cookies

I know! Cookies are the only sweet thing on the list (other than those honeycrisp apples, which are so, so delicious, be still my heart!). Cookies are also my least favorite thing to bake:

1. Cake
2. Pie
3. Everything else
4. Cookies

Cookies and I just don’t agree! I always either burn them, they spread out too thin, fall apart, too dry, something always happens. I don’t understand why! But if I conquer pie crust, I can conquer cookies, for sure.

But in the meantime, here's only cookie recipe that always works well for me. I love it! It makes the most delicious salty/sweet chocolate chip cookies. I’ve posted them here before, ages ago, but they are definitely worth a repost. Have a couple with a big glass of milk!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
from Baking Basics and Beyond

makes about 4 dozen

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg
1 cup semisweet or milk chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Heat oven to 375 with oven rack in the middle

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt together in a medium bowl.

Beat butter, shortening, brown sugar, and granulated sugar in bowl of a stand mixer on Medium-High speed until creamy, scraping down bowl once or twive.
Add vanilla and egg and mix well.

Reduce mixer speed to Low and add the flour mixture. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat until dough forms. By hand, stir in chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, and pecans.

Drop dough in rounded tablespoon about 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes until cookies are browned on edges.


  1. Swap ice cream for cookies, and your list could be mine! I almost count down the days until Honeycrisp season.

    My boys and husband though, they are cookie fiends. I am always on the lookout for another to try, so thank you for sharing these. Gorgeous, as always.

  2. Yum!

    That recipe looks very similar to the one I use which is out of the Better Homes & Gardens "red and white" cookbook, I'm sure you know the one... it's the only one that works for me.

  3. Cookies are at the top of my bakes list. LOVE them. I love trying a new chocolate chip recipe as well- totally making these tomorrow. Thanks!

  4. you know, I have never done any other recipe but the Toll House for ccc but you might have me talked into giving these a shot.

    Cookies are my FAVORITE as well (mm, next to apple pie)
    have a great weekend

  5. Cookies can be difficult - I totally agree with you, but when you have a good one - they are ah-mazing!

  6. These look so good! I will have to try them! I am afraid that I love chocolate chip cookies! But we have never found a good easy recipe!

    Thanks for sharing!


  7. Hey Hannah! Maybe your unluck with cookies could be your baking mentality in plopping perfect tablespoon-sized dough onto the pan...those suckers heap over the scoop and I never have as many as the recipes say I should, but they always come out awesome. Just adjust cooking time according to the "light brownness" of the edges to be sure they are done all the way through (I usually don't even have to add any time to the original recipe). Wow, look at me giving baking advice unsolicited and from a casual baker. I just want to help out with the cookie success! Great pics as always. =]

  8. You and me alike! I DO NOT like baking cookies haha, they are so easy to mess up compared to cupcakes, etc. These I might have to try though!

  9. So I thought I'd also share the recipe I've used for cookies, coming from Betty Crocker's Big Red Cookbook. Somehow it's always worked out, despite my being a novice, and they are so good!

    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 cup butter or stick margarine, softened
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 large egg
    2 1/4 cup baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 cup coarsly chopped nuts
    1 bag (12 oz/2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips

    1. Heat oven to 375.
    2. Beat sugars, butter, vanilla and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt (dough will be stiff). Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.

    3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheet.

    4. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown (centers will be soft). Cool 1 to 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

  10. Lol...error alert!

    That recipe should read:

    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking soda can tell I never type out recipes for a reason!

  11. Oh Hannah I feel the same way about cookies. I really like to eat them but I don't like to bake them.

  12. That recipe is similar to mine too! There really is nothing like a homemade chocolate chip cooking..

  13. I can't make cupcakes. It's true. And, BTW, your cookies look a million times better than any cupcake I've ever made.

  14. Girl, these look delicious! We love cookies in my house. :)

  15. If we were neighbors, you would have heard my husband knock on your door and them come back for seconds. His favorite cookies. Lovely pics!

  16. you butter?? I don't know about that! but for the sake of the wonderful photography and chocolate chip in the recipe...I'll give it a try ;) thanks for sharing.

  17. Those cookies look fantastic. You see I love to make cookies - it's cakes that don't excite me - but that's because I'd rather eat cookies than cake. Of course I don't think I've ever turned down cake.

  18. I HEART the little jug of milk! YUM!! WE LOVE cookies around here...


    Blessings to you, Hannah!


  19. I don't have a big sweet tooth either but I do love a good chocolate chip cookie now and then. Looks like a nice recipe!

  20. These look like perfect chocolate chip cookies, and I always have a craving for a good cookie! I love the picture of the chocolate chips. Chocolate chips are so dangerous is my house, I love to snack on them!

  21. Love your photos. It can be hard to make something as well-known as a chocolate chip cookie look enticing, but you've definitely succeeded. Now I have a serious craving!

  22. How lovely! I adore those lil glass milk bottles!

    Katie xox

  23. It's been a while since I've viewed any blogs, but yours is beautiful, as always. You make chocolate chip cookies look so elegant!

  24. Wow, even though you don't like baking cookies, these look amazing!

  25. I love your lists Hannah! On the first one, just reverse everything for me. On the second, we agree. Cookies are a pain to make but they are so appreciated! My favorite recipe has rolled oats in it.

    Your chocolate chip cookies look wonderful in your photo with that adorable little bottle of milk. Don't see too many glass bottles any more!

  26. I was looking for a good cookie recipe and these were perfect! I made them, took them to a dance, and they disappeared!

  27. These cookies, and your photographs, are absolutely beautiful!!!

  28. HELP!!!!Your cookies look so good that I had to try it. For some reason mines did not come out like yours. I used a tbsp scooper like the one in your photo, but the dough did not spread like yours in the oven =(. What's your secret to making them spread??

  29. I have not made choc chip cookies in such a while - yours are so pretty! Love the styling and photos.

  30. Kitkat: did you beat your sugar and butter well? if it wasn't well incorporated, that could lead to less spread.

    also, if you dough was too cold, that could case them to spread less.

    i'm not sure how else to help, my cookies always spread too much! haha

  31. Your cookies look beautiful... Perhaps it is a bit of a blessing to not have much of a sweet tooth. I definitely have a sweet tooth, and I eat far too many sweets, especially since I love to bake! I must say, for someone who doesn't like to bake cookies, yours look wonderful!

  32. oh my goodness your blog is just full of the most amazingly delicious photography! so glad i stopped by to take a look :D

  33. Just made these cookies.. So delicious!! Unfortunately, I didn't have shortening, so I used oil instead. They turned out deliciously! :) Thanks for sharing!

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