When I was a kid, I was always reluctant to go to bed because I was convinced that the minute I fell asleep, my parents brought out all the good movies, all the yummy treats they wouldn't share with us, and generally had a party. They assured me life after bedtime was boring and they did nothing fun. I, of course, stopped believing them when I would routinely smell popcorn shortly after bedtime.
Last night, after a fantastic day of conference watching, we put everyone to bed on the early side and commenced being boring and having no fun.
The only problem was, we started making cookie dough and turned on the movie without verifying that my girls were actually asleep. When they both came down to protest this epic unfairness, it was met with that most grown-up and mature of answers: "Because we're the grown-ups, that's why." (Really it might have been because we didn't want to share the best chocolate chip cookies in the whole world.)
But, because I'm your friend and because you love me, I'm going to share the recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies in the whole world. Trust me on this one. They're amazing. They make an appearance at our house around once a week. I've searched for years, and this is the one. Throw away your Neiman-Marcus $400 cookies, and your Mrs. Fields cookies. You'll never need another recipe again. You're welcome. And if you make them, you have to promise to come back and tell me how much you love them.
1 C shortening (Yes, I know. Shortening. But don't sub it out for butter, just trust me on this one.)
1/2 C White sugar
1 C Brown sugar
1 tsp (or more) Vanilla (Don't even think about using the cheap imitation vanilla. Seriously.)
Cream above ingredients. The secret to these cookies is to make sure you really cream them well- just let your mixture run for a few minutes until it's almost white and fluffy. Then add:
3/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/4-2 1/2 C flour
1-2 C chocolate chips (I prefer one cup, hubby prefers two)
Mix em up really good and bake in a 375 degree oven for 9 minutes.
Oh, and double the batch. Because you'll eat them all the first night.
Like I said, you're welcome.
Anyone else have cookie recipes to share? Someday, I night need to make some cookies that aren't chocolate chip.
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