I’ve been in Portland for two weeks now (YAY!) Over these two weeks, I am still adjusting to the daily routine, finding my way around town and making friends (still working on that one). Through all the changes, I needed something constant, something that I knew I was good at, and something that could keep me relatively busy. Since moving here, I have made Zach dinner every night – before you freak out, I love cooking, and as his soon-to-be wife, I love the idea of cooking for him. Cooking and baking are therapeutic and relaxing to me. I enjoy these things and I find that they bring a piece of home, to my new home. There are some recipes – when made – that transport me back to my mum’s kitchen in Calgary. Specifically this recipe that I’m sharing today.
Now I know, everyone says that they have the best chocolate chip cookie recipe. But, I really do. I have yet to find it’s equal, except when my mum makes them – there is something about mum’s making you cookies. Filled with love. I try to replicate that love whenever I make these cookies.
I also got to use my new measuring cups and spoons (YAY! I get excited over cooking utensils and tools). One tool that I really missed was my Kitchen Aid Mixer. So, this batch of cookies were made with some extra love and elbow grease as I combined all the ingredients by a spatula and fork.
Now, I know that you’re supposed to separate your wet and dry ingredients and then combine together. But, I am lazy and I don’t want to dirty more dishes than necessary. I only separate the wet and dry ingredients when it is completely necessary. Other than that, I throw everything in a bowl (#rebel). So far, I haven’t ruined any recipe through piling it all in one bowl 🙂
My mum is a chocoholic – except when she was pregnant with me, but that’s another story – so she adds in more chocolate that most recipes ask for. Watching her bake, I picked up some of her tendencies, like adding more chocolate. Even though mum loves chocolate, I don’t. At all.
So you must be wondering why me -someone who doesn’t like chocolate – says these are the best chocolate chip cookies? Well I think that since I don’t eat chocolate I have become a good judge of chocolate flavoured foods.
Or, I like to think I have become one since I don’t indulge in it – often.
One of my guilty pleasures is eating cookie dough. I know that you aren’t supposed to eat a lot of it. But, I can’t help it. Once you try these cookies, you won’t be able to resist the dough either 😉
Anyway, enough talking, here is the recipe.
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of brown sugar
1 cup of Golden Crisco
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of baking soda
1 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet chocolate chips)
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- In a bowl, cream together Golden Crisco and brown sugar
- In a separate bowl (or like me, in the same bowl as above) combine flour, salt and baking soda
- Add eggs and vanilla to the wet ingredients, then combine the dry ingredients
- Mix together, and add chocolate chips (I pour a little more than a cup in)
- Scoop out cookies (whatever size you want. I find a Tablespoon works or a medium cookie scoop)
- Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes
- Enjoy (hot from the oven or cool) with some milk
P.s. Thanks Crisco for this great recipe, my family loves it.