When our daughter came home to go to a football game and tailgate with her cousins, This weekend she asked me what should I bring to the tailgate? My reply was to check with her Aunt who coordinates the food part of the tailgating. The response was “Have her bring her Chocolate Chip Cookies!”.
Her cookies are delicious and probably the best Chocolate Chip Cookies out there. They actually got there start with my mother and the Betty Crocker Cook Book. This was probably the one cookie recipe my mom used out of a cookbook that was a family recipe passed down. Our daughter started making them about 5 years back and would take them to school and basketball practices as a treat for the girls. Then she decided to enter them in the State Fair Cookie competition when she was about 15. No prizes there, but it could of been that it was so hot the day we took them over the chocolate was melting on the plate. I have to admit they are delicious. You can’t eat just one. And, they were a big success at the tailgate. We know that because the container came home empty and we heard that her cousin was walking around and passing them out. But don’t worry, we took a handful out before she left for our own private stash.
2/3 cup shortening
2/3 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped nuts
2 (6 ounce) packages semisweet chocolate pieces (She used Chunks)
Heat oven to 375° degrees.
Mix thoroughly shortening, butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla. Blend in remaining ingredients.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto un-greased baking sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool slightly before removing from baking sheet.
NOTE: If using self-rising flour, omit soda and salt.
SPECIAL NOTE: Too keep them soft, place a piece of bread in the container. It works!