Chocolate Chip Cookies, Round 2

When the craving strikes, you gotta do it!

Chocolate chip cookies are one of the easiest things to make. No store-bought dough allowed!

I liked my recipe last Christmas, but it wasn’t perfect. The last time I made chocolate chip cookies, I went specifically for chewy, but that receipe wasn’t perfect either. I must find the perfect chocolate chip cookie! Eventually I will if I keep trying, right? This one isn’t perfect, but I think it’s my best so far. Next time I may try a mixture of the last 2 recipes.

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Walnuts & Oats

recipe adapted from Better Homes & Gardens

1/2 cup shortening

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

1 12oz package chocolate chips

1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts

1 cup oats

Beat shortening and butter together for 30 seconds. Add sugars and baking soda and beat until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and beat until combined.  (You may need to scrape down sides in between to get everything incorporated.) Beat in flour. Add in chocolate, nuts, and oats and stir until combined well. Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to scoop balls onto parchment lined cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 8-10 minutes.

Tips:

*Mine did not spread at all. First batch came out in balls just like when they went in. I had to kind of squish down the balls to get the cookies to cook and look better.

*Parchment is not necessary, but trust me it’s the best change I have ever made in my baking.

*I didn’t write it in the ingredients above because I didn’t use it, but if I made it again I would add a bit of salt – it really needed it. I’ve never before seen a recipe without salt and it didn’t occur to me that it was missing until I tried one.

Look at all the goodies in there! Definitely the best part of these cookies.

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