Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe & Tips. I’m sharing my secrets! Learn how to make bakery-style chocolate chip cookies right in your own kitchen.
One of my all-time favorite things to bake for my family are chocolate chip cookies. They are my specialty, so to speak, and were one of the first recipes I posted on my blog back in 2011. Needless to say, that post desperately needed an update so here I am again with my secrets and tips!
Along with Rice Krispies Treats, these chocolate chip cookies were what I always made when I needed a quick dessert or snack. They were great for potlucks, picnics or road trips. They stayed fresh in a ziploc bag for days…but most of the time they didn’t last that long. When my kids were growing up, I always made the full batch of about 20 cookies. I have started to cut the recipe in half because most of the time it’s just me, my husband and my dad doing the eating! The half recipe works perfectly when you want just a few, fresh cookies.
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This dough is, of course, amazing. I use a standing mixer but my mom always used a hand mixer so either one will work. I also use plain Crisco because again, that’s what my mom used. I tried butter one time when I was out of Crisco and they tasted good, but were flat and a little greasy. To get the fluffy texture, Crisco is a must.
Scooping the dough into half-moons is what gives the cookies their perfect round shape. I use a 2 in. scoop and scrape it along the side of the bowl to level it off. Drop the scoops, flat side down, on a large cookie sheet. A few years ago I discovered Goldtouch baking pans and since I started using the cookie sheet, my chocolate chip cookies bake evenly and brown perfectly.
After removing the cookies from the oven, let them sit and cool on the pan for one minute. Remove them from the pan onto a section of newspaper to cool completely. The newspaper sort of sucks a bit of the oil out and this results in crispy yet soft-in-the-middle chocolate chip cookies.
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Even if you don’t love to bake, these chocolate chip cookies could be a recipe to have in your arsenal when you need an easy dessert. If you do love to bake, definitely give these a try. Your kitchen will smell heavenly and your family will think you’re marvelous!