The first batch of cookies is in the oven, and soon, the smell of chocolate chip cookies will be wafting throughout the house. Sadly, few of the cookies are ours. You better enjoy them, Geoff.
Here's the recipe! I will insert my own little notes in italics.
THE ACTUAL BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES-this is a recipe Mom made when she was a teenager. She got it from her sister's friend.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you get really good at making these, the time it takes for the oven to heat up will be almost exactly as long as it takes to finish mixing the dough.
1 cup of shortening
1 cup of brown sugar
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
Combine all of the above and cream until sugar is mixed well with shortening. It's always a little bit tempting to sneak some of this mixture, but DON'T! It's GROSS.
Then, mix in:
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Mixture will probably be a little bit lumpy, but the lumps should be small.
2 cups of flour(all-purpose)
Mix until well combined. It should now be proper cookie dough consistency.
And my favorite part, stir in:
1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips If you like your cookie chocolate all sweet and no bitter, use milk chocolate.
Don't use the mixer on this. It sometimes beats up your perfect little chocolate chips, or smears chocolate around. It's better to use a spoon.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes, depending on your oven. When they come out, they will be floppy and kind of soggy looking. Don't worry; they'll firm up. Please wait for at least five minutes after they come out to dig in. I know they're delicious, but don't burn yourself! I have no clue how many this recipe makes, because the cookies usually disappear right after they come out of the oven, so I can't count them. I usually double this recipe, and it lasts us about three days.
Enjoy, and have fun!