Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Toll House Cookies

One of the first cookie recipes I ever made were these Toll House Cookies. This is a family recipe that goes way back. While I have used other chocolate chip cookie recipes and probably will continue to do so, this recipe will always hold a special place in my heart. 

They are yummy as cookies and as dough, although the dough tastes better after hanging out in the fridge or freezer overnight. Most of the time though, I bake all the dough immediately. Another thing about these cookies that I love is that they are pretty. I have a really hard time when I make cookies and they are thin, spread out, and ugly. It almost makes me not want to eat them. I have never had that problem with this recipe. 

Random side note: I don't love chocolate chips, in cookies anyway. I know this is weird, I've accepted that fact. So, when I make chocolate chip cookies I almost always use less that the recipe calls for. If you are a lover of chocolate chips, up the amount. It won't hurt anything.

Yield: about 4 dozen cookies

2 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp water
4 eggs
5 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
1/2 - 1 bag chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, soda, and salt. In a large bowl, mix together everything else but the chocolate chips. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Once that is all mixed in, add the chocolate chips. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 7-9 minutes.

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