Saturday, August 11, 2007

Jenny Lea, I love your grandma!!

I'm always interested in trying new cookie recipes. Especially for chocolate chip cookies. I think the ones with pudding in them are my favorite. But really, I can't decide! A good friend from the Nest What's Cooking message board shared this recipe that she inherited from her Grandma.

Now, I have never made chocolate chip cookies, or any cookie for that matter, with shortening. Growing up, my mom really only ever used butter. I can vaguely remember her using those sticks of shortening for something, but I can't remember what. Anyway, it was almost always butter. I had a can of shortening in my cabinet from a failed attempt at cornbread. And that was months ago. But the stuff lasts a year, and when I saw that Jenny's recipe called for shortening, I saw it as a good opportunity to use some of it up.

The cookies turned out chewy and rich and delicious. One more chocolate chip cookie recipe to add to my collection!

Chocolate Chip Cookies (source: Jennylea525 from the nest)
1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
6 oz chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375. Cream shortening, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Then stir in dry ingredients. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Jenny says to make sure not to over mix once the dry ingredients are added. Also, it took the entire 10 minutes for my cookies to be done. I also rotated the pans halfway through. The recipe above is just the way Jenny wrote it. But I made a double batch and got about 4 1/2 dozen cookies out of the recipe. But I made some of them bigger than others.