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Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Description

The shortening in this recipe helps the cookies stay soft and pretty.

Ingredients

  • ⅔ cups Shortening, Softened
  • ⅔ cups Butter, Softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • 3-¼ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 package (12 Oz. Package) Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips.
  • 1 cup Chopped Nuts (optional)

Preparation

Cream shortening, butter, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, salt, and chocolate chips.

Add dry ingredients/chocolate chip mixture to the shortening/butter mixture. Stir together till incorporated. Add 1 cup of nuts if desired.

I have found that chilling the dough in the freezer for up to an hour (and in between scooping on cookie sheet) helps stop spread of the cookie.

Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Makes 8-10 dozen cookies.

Notes:

For an even softer cookie, use 3 1/2 cups of flour.

This recipe actually makes about 90+ cookies depending on the size of the spoon you use. I use a small cookie scoop, and always get perfect-sized cookies!

Note: the picture of the recipe was given to me by Tasty Kitchen member Betht. Thank you!

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betht on 5.4.2010

These cookies are the BEST ever. They are the perfect combination of soft centers with crispy edges. I loved these so much (and thought they were so pretty, too) that I sent acrafton — the recipe adder — a picture of these delicious treats. =D _That_ is how good they are. Enjoy!

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ayrungaray on 9.6.2009

These were perfect! I’ve tried so many chocolate chip cookie recipes, even those that split the butter/shortening. But this is the first time I’ve made chocolate chip cookies that actually stayed soft.

Mine were a little flat, but I think that is just because I let my two 3 year olds help and we mixed it too long.

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meagan on 9.3.2009

Fantastic!!! My husband kept telling me he wanted “soft and chewy” chocolate chip cookies. I can’t tell you how many recipes I’ve tried but none of them are what we’re looking for. I just made these and we have a winner!!

They are perfectly “soft and chewy”…they hold their shape too instead of flattening out while baking like some recipes I’ve run across.

My husband and I thank you for posting this.

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acrafton on 8.26.2009

Sorry-didn’t see this till now. I would love a picture if someone makes these. I am on a diet so it will be a little bit before I make them again probably.

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bookofsnow on 8.25.2009

my son and I are making these together right now.. he suggests we take a picture for you.. would you like one to put up with the recipe?

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Cheryl Anne on 3.7.2012

This recipe makes AMAZING chocolate chip cookies! Soft, chewy and delicious. After spooning out half of the batter I added some cocoa and vegetable oil to the remaining batter for double chocolate chip cookies, and the results for those were incredible as well. Highly recommended! :)

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Ashley on 12.8.2010

These were pretty good. I liked how soft and chewy they were but they seemed to be missing something. I’m thinking maybe it’s because I used plain shortening so I’m going to try it with the butter flavored Crisco next time I think that will help and maybe kick up the vanilla some. It’s a great recipe though and I’ll definitely save it but add those changes to it next time just to try!

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betht on 5.24.2010

These cookies are the BEST ever. They are the perfect combination of soft centers with crispy edges. I loved these so much (and thought they were so pretty, too) that I sent acrafton — the recipe adder — a picture of these delicious treats. =D _That_ is how good they are. Enjoy!

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