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Friday Feast: Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Twist

September 11, 2009

I never really liked the idea of “secret family recipes.” Phooey! Why would anyone be so selfish as to not share a great set of ingredients and instructions? And apparently the recipe is too perfect for someone else to try it and make it their own? Boo!

This is the way I thought ever since I started cooking regularly, over five years ago. But, now I think I understand why… especially because of this amazing chocolate chip cookie recipe that was handed down to me from a friend at a bridal shower. Boy did I get attention and praise after making these cookies! They were crowd favorites everywhere they were served, and I could whip them up quickly for any work function, Sunday afternoons playing “Settlers of Catan” with JD and Krammy, and when any old friend or relative came for a visit. Just yesterday, I shared the rest of my Labor Day batch with my coworkers, and the oohs and ahhs were heard ’round the cubicles.

But my selfishness ends today. Here it is. My favorite chocolate cookie recipe.

beautiful cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Twist

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 9-11 minutes

Clean-up Time: 10 minutes


2 1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

1 cup shortening (or 1/2 cup shortening plus one stick of butter)

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 eggs

12 oz bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips (As shown in the picture above, I sometimes substitute white chocolate chips, depending on what I have in the fridge.)

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Combine dry ingredients (first four ingredients above).
  • Beat together butter, both sugars and vanilla.
  • Then add eggs, one at a time, to the butter/sugar mixture.
  • Gradually add flour mixture to the butter/sugar mix.
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Bake 9-11 minutes.

What a great recipe. They are cookies from scratch, and they are made in a cinch! Please enjoy it.

PS: To all my foodie friends, have you checked out the October issue of Real Simple Magazine? They have a great, long article titled, “A Month of Easy Dinners.” It’s awesome. They even make your grocery list for you, while considering what you may already have in your pantry. Love that magazine!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. kim permalink
    September 13, 2009 11:20 am

    I can vouch for these delectable treats. The raw dough is the best and it translates to great cookies with heat. Since I’m such a dough-lover, I suspect that this recipe, half-baked, would be scrumptious too. Thanks for sharing, Kate.


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