Tuesday, June 02, 2009

chocolate chip cookies

everyone has their favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and this one is mine. this is a great recipe to divide into three logs, wrap in wax paper, and freeze to have on hand.

adapted from an old better homes and garden cookbook

I N G R E D I E N T S :

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened at room temperature* (the actual recipe calls for shortening but i use butter instead)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. soda
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup broken pecans (or walnuts, if you would rather)

D I R E C T I O N S :

preheat oven to 350 degrees.

combine sugars. add butter or shortening, and beat together until smooth.

add egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy.

combine flour, salt, and soda, and then add into sugar/egg mixture, a bit at a time. beat until blended together.

add chocolate chips and pecans/walnuts, stirring just until combined.

bake 10-12 minutes on an insulated cookie sheet, or until edges are lightly browned.

transfer to a rack and let cool.

makes about 30 cookies.

*if you forget to sit your butter out ahead of time, a great way to get it to room temperature more quickly is to grate it with a box grater, and just let it sit for a few minutes.

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