Friday, January 30, 2009

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies (AmyB)


(Now, this isn't a holiday recipe, per se, and it isn't a family original. This recipe came from the Crisco box, and I have to say, these are the BEST chocolate cookies you will ever make. Using shortening in lieu of butter helps them keep their shape. This is one of the first recipes I can remember making on my very own!)

3/4 cup butter flavor Crisco
1-1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup chopped pecans (optional, but I highly recommend them )

Heat oven to 375. Combine Crisco, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended. Beat egg into creamed mixture. Mix flour, salt and baking soda into creamed mixture just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips and pecans. Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough 3 inches apart onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes. DO NOT OVERBAKE! Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to cooling racks to cool completely. Yield: 3 dozen cookies, minus a few since this dough is about the most delicious cookie dough I've ever encountered. :)

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