I have come full circle in my quest for the perfect chocolate chip cookie. After trying dozens of recipes over the years, I have returned to the first chocolate chip cookie recipe that I ever made. I have determined that everyone’s opinion of “the best” chocolate chip cookie depends on what kind their mothers made. If your mom made well done, crispy and crunchy chocolate chip cookies, then that kind is your favorite. If your mother made the kind of chocolate chip cookie that is a little under done and chewy, then that is your favorite kid.
For years, I’ve tried new recipes for chocolate chip cookies. I’m always in search of “the perfect” one. (Which is really going to mess up my kids, because THEIR mother doesn’t have that ONE kind that they were raised on) It’s been difficult, because Ron and I were raised on different types of cookies. He likes his crisp and crunchy, and I like mine super soft, chewy and gooey. So I’ve been trying for almost 25 years to find one that makes us both happy. Each recipe that I’ve tried, I make half or so that I underbake for me, and half or so that I “burn” (as I lovingly call it) for him.
I’m not going to search any longer. I have made my decision and counted to ten (anyone know what movie that quote comes from?") I have found the perfect chocolate chip cookie FOR ME, and it is my mom’s recipe for soft chocolate chip cookies. Especially when they are just warm from the oven, they are crispy on the outside and chewy and gooey in the middle. So if you like chewy and soft….TRY this recipe. I think you will love it! (and I will continue to “burn” a couple of cookie sheets of them for my wonderful husband !)
This is a picture of my mom and dad on “their bench” at the Fulton County Fair. I LOVE this picture. This is my 15th Mother’s Day without my mom, and tomorrow will be the second May 13th without my dad (his birthday). I love and miss you both! Happy Mother’s day, Mom, and Happy Birthday, Dad!
SOFT AND CHEWY CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
- 1 c. unsalted butter
- 1 cup vegetable shortening (I like butter flavored Crisco sticks)
- 1 1/2 c. brown sugar
- 1 1/2 c. white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 t. vanilla
- 5 c. sifted flour
- 1 t. salt
- 2 t. baking soda
- 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips (I might be guilty of using more!)
Cream butter, shortening and sugars til light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat again til light and fluffy. Sift together flour, salt and soda; stir into creamed mixture. Add chocolate chips. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonful onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in 375 degree oven until cookies are brown around the edge but centers are not done, Between 8 and 9 minutes. Makes 96 cookies.