I got this recipe from my sister when I was in high school, and I haven't looked back since. Here she is:
The BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 stick crisco
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 cups flour
1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
|Disclaimer: I didn't have a full bag of chocolate chips, so I used 1/2 chocolate and 1/2 peanut butter|
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together the crisco, sugar, and brown sugar.
**I need to interrupt this regularly scheduled blog post to tell you a story about my mixer**
As you can see, this mixer is clearly the highest quality that Walmart has on its shelves, and cost me a fortune (a whole 12 dollars...gasp!) Well, apparently Walmart's highest quality mixers have a little malfunction involving the "on" switch. Somehow this lovely mixer's on switch got pushed a little too hard, and is now permanently on. Goody. Well, most people would take this as a sign to buy a new mixer, but not I! Instead, I just wait to plug it in until it is already in the bowl of stuff that I need to mix up. Usually this works great, but yesterday when I was making these cookies I forgot about that little trick. Needless to say, I had to take a brief intermission from cookie making to clean up some sugar and crisco. Don't worry...the cookies still turned out just fine.
Ok back to the recipe:
After the crisco and sugars are mixed up add in the eggs one at a time...
Then stir in the vanilla.
Now you can add your dry ingredients! Dump in some salt, baking soda, and 1 1/4 cups of your flour. Fold these in with a SPOON. If you try and mix it up with a mixer you will have a kitchen that resembles a winter wonderland. (I definitely learned that the hard way...in my sister's kitchen...sorry Fox).
Once the first 1 1/4 cups of flour are incorporated you can add in the other cup. Finally, stir in your chips. Like I said up there, I used half a bag of chocolate and half a bag of peanut butter. This is also the point in time where you can go buck wild with pecans, coconut, whatever tickles your fancy. I'm a simple kind of girl though, so I usually just stick to the chippers!
Now you can make little balls of dough and place them on a lined cookie sheet...
Stick these little cuties in the oven for 8 minutes, and then pull 'em out! They won't look done, but after you let them cool off for awhile they will be chewy and delicious.
Eat them with a big glass of milk. Or pile 'em up and serve them to your boyfriend's softball team...