November 16, 2013

Chocolate Chip Cookies

My very favorite cookie by far is a chocolate chip cookie.  I have made more chocolate chip cookies in my lifetime than any other cookie, cake or pie.  I may have made a comparable number of brownies.  I have tried more than one way to make them, and this recipe is my very favorite.

 I use Crisco butter flavored shortening in my cookies along with the butter.  I don't care for a cookie that spreads and is crunchy.  I like mine to be ooey, gooey, chocolatey goodness.

I also use self-rising flour instead of all purpose and add baking soda.  This way they really plump up.

After mixing all the ingredients together,  I refrigerate the dough anywhere from an hour to overnight before baking.  You can store the cookie dough in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a few days and bake a few at a time so that you have warm freshness each time!

Chocolate Chip Cookies:
2 1/4 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter flavored Crisco (I use the sticks)
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 package of semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use Ghirardelli)

Combine flour and baking soda in a mixing bowl and set aside.  Using a mixer, cream together Crisco, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla.   Mix in dry ingredients.   Stir in chocolate chips.  Using a cookie scoop, scoop onto baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 10 to 12 minutes.
Serve to family and friends.


November 5, 2013

A Breakfast Party and Cookie Baking

We recently had breakfast for family that was visiting.  The menu was scrambled eggs topped with cheese, ham, and Sunny Glow Coffee Cake.

 Everyone's favorite.

And how about these sugar cookies with buttercream frosting and decorated with the St. Louis Cardinal's logo?  They were very popular cookies at work.  The decorating was lots of fun.  I am less enthusiastic about the clean up.  I used a basic sugar cookie recipe and buttercream frosting.   Bake at 350 and serve to family and friends!