The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies


Nothing is better than an ooey goey chocolate chip cookie fresh out of the oven with a cold glass of milk. This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and every time I bring these bad boys to a party, they get gobbled up in record time.

I wish I could say that I developed the perfect cookie recipe on my own, but I have to give credit to the Better Homes and Garden’s Prizewinning Recipes cookbook. It was given to me as a wedding gift from my Dad’s oldest sister. She, out of all three of my Dad’s sisters, reminds me of my grandmother (Mamaw Anna) the most. I was very, very close with my Dad’s mother. I was only 11 years old when she passed away, but in the short time that I had with her here on earth, she taught me so much about life.

Falling apart with the pages marked and recipe notes written, I hope to one day pass this cookbook down to be a cherished part of who I am.

She taught my sister and I how a lady should dress, act, and speak. She showed us how to scrub stains out of our clothes and how to then hang them on a line to dry outside in the fresh air with her squeaky wooden clothespins. I remember her telling us that one day that when we were older, she would get us heirloom-worthy jewelry that would could cherish and one day pass own to children of our own…

And then there was the cooking, oh my goodness could she cook! Black eyed peas and ham, broccoli and noodles with fresh grated parmesan, boiled chicken with potatoes and carrots- and let’s not forget the homemade cakes, Italian cookies, and unbelievably delicious pear cobbler made with pears picked ripe from the tree in the backyard right next to the clothesline. There are many, many more things that I can add to this, but let’s save that for another time and bake some cookies :)

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 12oz package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups walnuts or pecans (optional)

The first thing you need to do is preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.

Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping the sides of the bowl.

Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in remaining flour.

Stir in chocolate pieces and nuts (if using)

This dough is irresistible!

Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an uncreased cookie sheet, then bake for 8- 9 minutes or until edges are light brown. Let them sit on the cookie sheet to rest for about 1-2 minutes.

Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Mmmmm delicious!

You can’t just eat one!

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