Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 5: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Day 5: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

For me, nothing says Christmas Cookie like a classic Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.  Chocolate Chip Cookies have always been a favorite of mine.  Enjoy!

Psst... Here's a hint:
Using Crisco Butter Flavored Baking sticks in your cookies help them stay crispy and hold that beautiful thick cookie form.  It is a tip an aunt taught me that I've used with all my cookies regardless of the recipe for several years now, and they always turn out picture perfect and taste great.

3/4 cup Butter or Crisco® Butter Flavored Baking Sticks (In the baking aisle near Cookingspray)
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tbsps. milk
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 cup  semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
If you omit nuts, add ½ cup more chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 F.

COMBINE  butter or shortening with brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat in egg. Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into shortening mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

DROP by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.

BAKE 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies, or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.

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