Tuesday, July 12, 2011

ultimate chocolate chip cookies

Our neighbors at a diagonal walked down the street and delivered these "ultimate" cookies the week we moved in.  They have all boys and were probably shocked by all the giggling at our home.  My girls really like their boys (they're pretty cute!).  Mostly, my girls like to torture their youngest, who is the same age as my oldest.  It turns out my husband works with this neighbor (spent yesterday with him) and on Sunday this neighbor was sustained as our new bishop and I'm his wife's visiting teaching companion.  Their 14-year old son made these cookies, which I was thoroughly impressed by.  Thoroughly impressed!!  (His mother said she'll go out for a while and come back to freshly baked cookies.)  They were delicious!  I don't think 14-year old boys are accustomed to handing out recipes but I do know he used the recipe from the back of  butter flavor Crisco sticks.

ultimate chocolate chip cookies (Crisco)
3/4 stick Crisco Baking Sticks Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
or 3/4 cup Crisco Butter Flavor All-Vegetable Shortening
1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 (6 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 cup)
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans (optional)

Heat oven to 375.
Combine shortening, brown sugar, milk and vanilla in large bowl.  Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until well blended.  Beat in egg.  Combine flour, salt and baking soda.  Mix into shortening mixture until just blended.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.
Drop by rounded measuring tablespoonfuls 3 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes for chewy cookies or 11 to 13 minutes for crisp cookies.  Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack.  Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.
If nuts are omitted, add an additional 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

What I have to say- our neighbor friend used milk chocolate chips and white chocolate chips in these cookies.


  1. This is the ONLY chocolate chip cookie recipe I use and have used for the past 15 years! Our family's FAVORITE way to eat them is with a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream "sandwiched" between 2 frozen cookies. In fact, we had them last night!

    So glad to hear you are settling right in to the new place. I want to see pictures!!! We only have 18 days left in NYC . . . scary and exciting all at the same time. Miss you!!

  2. I didn't realize this is your recipe!! That makes them that much more special.
    We miss you too! 18 days left then you're moving on- I'm excited for you and look forward to hearing about your new adventure. I can't even put into words how badly I want for all our friends who are still in training to move on too. I had a friend email the other day who has been "moved on" for a few years now and I could tell how happy she was for our family. I know how she feels because I feel the same way about other friends making it to the finish line. But I do have to say I've enjoyed most of the steps along the way.