After years of making MANY cookies--I think that I have come up with the secret to making perfect cookies. Oh sure, every recipe is different--and you may like some more than others--but each recipe can be its best by following this cardinal cookie making rule:
DON"T BAKE THEM TOO LONG.
Ok--so that may sound really simple. Duh Sharon--of course you shouldn't burn them. But what I am saying is that baking the perfect cookie goes beyond not just BURNING them.
I FIRMLY BELIEVE that the perfect cookie must look underdone when it comes out of the oven. I spent years of baking cookies until they looked nicely golden on top--and they were delicious right out of the oven. But give them 15 mins to cool and they turned a little too crispy, a little too chewy for my liking. It wasn't until I experimented and started taking them out of the oven when they didn't look quite done to me--that I found PERFECTION.
So with no further ado--I present MY favorite cookie recipe. I got it from a friend 13 years ago and its STILL my favorite. (Who knows--it may be the one off the back of the chocolate chip package for all I know. All I know it is HEAVEN!)
THE PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE
1 c shortening (I REALLY like using shortening in my cookies--not butter or margarine)
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Mix above ingredients in mixer then add:
2 1/2 c flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
Mix and then add:
1/2 package of semi sweet choc chips (or if you like them REALLY chocolatey like me--you add 3/4 bag)
Drop by spoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 mins depending on your oven. JUST REMEMBER TO TAKE THEM OUT WHEN THEY LOOK RIGHT! (I will show you a picture below).
SO LETS MAKE SOME COOKIES:
(I had a little help with this batch!)
As I said--I like to use shortening--but it can be SO messy. So this is one of my MUST HAVES for cookie making:
The Pampered Chef Wet/Dry Measurer thingy (LOVE IT):
Soft, moist, yummy, delicious, PERFECT cookies.
I also LOVE to put some on a tray and pop them in the freezer:
Then I stick them in a freezer bag so that we can make fresh baked cookies ANYTIME.
Oh yah--and the dough tastes pretty good too.
Cookies are Yummy!