February 29, 2012

Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie

Why would you make a chocolate chip cookie with anything other than Crisco?
I'm sure there's lots of reasons:  your family recipe uses butter, you're morally opposed to canned shortening like my husband is, etc.

Have I told you that I'm really picky about my chocolate chip cookies?  I mean, like so picky that if you offer me one, I probably won't eat it.  No offense.  There's just too many not-completely-wonderful cookies out there.  I use my cookie calories on those that I know will be amazing.  I usually won't even eat bakery cookies.  I can do cookies.  I'll save the bakeries for things I can't easily concoct at home. 

I like crispy, chewy, chocolatey, and slightly salty chocolate chip cookies.

I also had a picture of the literal bucket 'o cookies that I made.  But Instagram is being uncooperative.

If you are struggling with finding the perfect chocolate chip cookie, give this one a try.  I would never try to steer you away from your favorite recipe.  If it works for you, I'm so glad you've found chocolate-chip cookie love.  If you're still confused, maybe this recipe will help.*

(My) Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie
makes 3 dozen

3/4 cup Crisco
1 1/4 cup brown sugar
2 T. milk
1 T. vanilla
1 egg
1 3/4 cup flour
1 t. salt
3/4 t. baking soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (this can be upped to more than 1 cup and/or you can substitute milk chocolate)
1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional

In a bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda).  Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the Crisco and sugar.  Add the egg, milk, and vanilla.  Mix very well.  Slowly add in the dry ingredients until combined.  Stir in the chips and nuts (if using).
Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Let them sit on the cookie sheet for a minute or two before removing. 

*I do (eventually) plan on trying the NY Times recipe, but I'm quite impatient.  If I mix the batter one day and need to refrigerate over night, how do I even know I'll want chocolate chip cookies the next day??  Predicaments.


  1. I've never used Crisco in my chocolate chip cookies before. I might have to try!

  2. thanks for the recipe...I'm gonna try it this weekend for dessert!

  3. I know what you mean about the NY Times cookie. When I want cookies I WANT COOKIES. :)


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