Happy New Year! Lets bring in this new year not by immediately detoxing but by making some delicious chocolate chip cookies. Really, can you think of a better way to ring in 2011 then with a batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies right out of your oven?
Then, spread the wealth, give some to your doorman, your neighbors, your child's teacher, your mailman did you tip him by the way? If not, this might make things right between you and your mailman.
I usually hate nuts in my cookies but if you grind up some walnuts in your food processor it will add the yummy flavor of walnuts without ruining the yummy soft texture of what is sure to be the perfect chocolate chip cookie.
Sugarlovingfashionista's chocolate chip cookies
2/3 cup butter unsalted at room temp
2/3 cup shortening, dont be afraid, Whole Foods carries the good stuff (Spectrum, it's an organic Palm Oil that is free of any trans fat) Take that detox!
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (packed)
2 eggs room temp
2 tsp Vanilla extract
3 cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup ground up (to almost a fine powder) walnuts
Sift the flour, Baking Soda and Salt in a bowl.
In another bowl, for me it is my beloved Kitchen Aide bowl, cream together the shortening and butter till it resembles a cloud. Add the sugars and beat it some more getting some more of that cloud action. For about 5 minutes. True Story.
Add eggs one at a time till mixed well and cloud like
Add vanilla and mix some more!
Add the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips JUST UNTIL MIXED! In fact, its ok if you see some streaks of flour, in fact, its great. Any more mixing and you will build up the gluten. Gluten + Bread = Good Gluten + Chocolate Chip Cookies = very very bad
Scoop onto un-greased cookies sheets and bake at 375 degrees
Check at 8 minutes, if they look like they could use another couple of minutes, take them out. They will continue to cook even after you have taken them out of the oven.
You can also freeze some of your cookie dough balls and bake as needed.
Bow down and recognize!