"The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie"
1 cup shortening (I used butter flavored.)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbsp hot water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
*1 pkg chocolate chips (I used 12 oz)
Cream the shortening and sugars. Add eggs, hot water and vanilla and beat well. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt together and mix in to cookie dough. Add the chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls on your cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 for 11 mins.
*The possibilities are pretty much endless with these... We threw in mini Reese's Pieces in one batch, peanut butter chips in another. You could do white chocolate macadamia nut, chocolate pecan, all you would need to do is change the add in!
Some helpful tips:
- Invest in a cookie scoop. They are about $3 and look like mini ice cream scoops. They make sure all your cookies are the same size so they cook evenly.
- Line your baking sheets with parchment paper. This ensures no cookies stick to the pan and the bottoms of the cookies don't get too brown! (Parchment paper can be re-used a few times... I just flip it over each time I use it and discard it at the end of my baking session.)
- Let your cookies sit a minute or so before removing them from the baking sheets. This lets them firm up just a little so they don't break. (On the other hand, don't leave them on too long because they keep cooking.)