Friday, May 28, 2010

Granny's Chocolate Chip Cookies

From the worst to the best cook - everybody has a recipe for chocolate chip cookies and everybody has a different opinion on what the *perfect* chocolate chip cookie is. In my opinion (take it or leave it) these are the best chocolate chip cookies, because they remind me of the cookies Granny (my great-grandma) used to make for us. So funny story....I found this recipe in my Jane Hunter cookbook and soon discovered that it is the Toll House cookie recipe - except for one minor difference. Are you ready for this? The difference is 1/4 cup less flour. Who would have thought? So here's the funny sister and I were talking about Granny's recipes and I asked her if she had THE chocolate chip cookie recipe. She said she didn't but had asked Granny about that and Granny confessed she just used the Toll House recipe. Why mess with a good thing.
So if you want THE chocolate chip cookie that is slightly crisp around the edges and perfectly soft and chewy in the middle then this is the one for you.

2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. soda
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
2 large eggs
12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

(1) Preheat oven to 357 degrees
(2) Mix flour, salt and soda. Set aside.
(3) In large mixing bowl whip butter add sugar and brown sugar until pale, light and fluffy.
(4) Add vanilla.
(5) Add eggs one at a time. The eggs should be well beaten in, mixture should look creamed and not curdled.
(6) Add dry ingredients 1/2 cup at a time until well incorporated.
(7) Add chocolate chips.
(8) Drop by spoonfuls or use a Pampered Chef cookie scooper and place on un-greased cookie sheet.
(9) Bake for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.

Helpful Hints:
(1) Do not under any circumstance use margarine instead of butter for this recipe. It's gross.
(2) Use unsalted butter - then you can control the amount of salt you add. If you use salted butter omit the salt. The salt helps to enhance the chocolate - and we all know that's a good thing.
(3) If you have it, use pure vanilla extract.

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