For years I have been on the hunt for a knock your socks off chocolate chip cookie recipe. For myself and for Husband Man. You see, Husband Man has a HUGE addiction to chocolate chip cookies.
I have tried almost every recipe that I can get my hands on to see if it appeased him.
One afternoon, my chocolate chip loving husband came home with the news that he had tried the homemade cookie of his dreams. Apparently, one of his co-worker's wive's had made a batch for everyone in the shop. Now, in the beginning of our marriage, news like this would have offended me. But not this time. When he told me the news, I looked right at him and said, "Do me a favor...if you say that this is the one...please find a way to get that recipe from his wife."
Instead of letting it bother me, I was surprisingly relieved! I have spent 8 years searching high and low for the perfect homemade cookie to make for this man. I've tried at least 8 or 9 different recipes only to have my husband tell me they were either to sweet or not puffy enough or to flat, etc.
He liked these cookies so much that he surprised me again. A week or two later... he reached into his pocket and handed me a piece of paper. I opened it up and low and behold....found the hand written recipe for these cookies!
So...I decided to make them.
And the verdict is....hers is the last and final chocolate chip cookie recipe I will make for my family. Hers will be our go-to recipe. At this point I am happy with this recipe and I do not plan on seeking out any other one's anytime soon. As for my husband, he is in heaven right now :) Just give him one of these cookies and a glass of milk and watch him flash that 100 watt smile :)
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup shortening (we used butter flavored)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 and 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 (12 oz) package (2 cups) semisweet chocolate pieces or miniature candy coated semisweet chocolate pieces
1 and 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts (optional)
In a large mixing bowl, beat shortening and butter with an electric mixer on Medium to High for 30 seconds. Add brown sugar, granulated sugar, and baking soda. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour. Stir in chocolate pieces and if desired, nuts.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons, 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet...or a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.