I’ve mentioned it here before, but my Opa used to work in a bakery. Even after he retired, he continued baking for us at home – especially for the holidays. Now that he’s gone, I’ve taken over his baking. I absolutely love his recipes.
These are crisp around the edges and soft and chewy in the middle – so good. This is one of my favorites for cookie exchanges – since it’s recipe from the bakery it makes a lot.
I recommend using a food scale to measure the ingredients for the best results.
Opa’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
(a family recipe)
Makes 9 dozen
12 oz. brown sugar
12 oz. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3/4 lb. shortening
1/4 lb. butter
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 lbs. flour
3 Tbsp. baking powder
1 lb. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
In a stand mixer, cream together the sugars, salt, shortening, and butter until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
In another bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until well combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
Drop by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake for 8-9 minutes, until lightly browned around the edges. Cool for five minutes, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.
Can’t get enough cookies? For #ChristmasCookies Week, I’m linking up with lots of other bloggers sharing awesome recipes. You can find today’s batch of goodies below!
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