Friday, November 12, 2010

And the winner is. . .

Confession time - I was going to take in the Christmas in November Open Houses this evening with my sidekick Sarah, but when the rain and cold set in we settled for a play date complete with cookies.  I realized I have never shared my chocolate chip recipe with you.  I spent months a couple winters ago trying out several different chocolate chip cookie recipes in the search of the perfect chocolate chip recipe, countless bags of flour, and 15 pounds later, this recipe was the clear winner, and it has been my go to recipe ever since.

Thick, Soft, and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/2 cup real butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup shortening
1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (12 ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Mix flour, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter and shortening until creamy. Add sugar and vanilla and beat with a mixer on medium speed until well blended.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, mixing well. Add flour mixture, and beat slowly to incorporate, then beat to blend well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Drop batter in 2-tablespoon portions about 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Bake in a 375°F preheated oven until edges of cookies are brown but an area about 1 inch wide in the center is still pale, about 10 minutes. Let cookies cool on pan about 5 minutes, then transfer to racks with a spatula.

And now to the winner of the cupcake give away. . .

Since I had 6 entries, I decide a dice would be the easiest way to determine the winner, I seriously spent days trying to decide the best way to pick the winner.  Yep, pretty exciting life I am leading here, I know.

Drum roll please. . . . . .

The winner was. . .

#5  - HEATHER!!  The triple dipped cone with polka dots is yours!!  

I am bummed you all couldn't win, but if you make yourself some of these chocolate chip cookies, you will feel better!!  Trust me.  I know these things.  

Tomorrow is the Turkey Trot 5K I am currently carb loading on chocolate chip cookies, which is sure to either make me fast, or give me the runs, it's really any ones guess.  

What's your plans for the weekend?  


  1. How did the turkey trot go???
    Those cookies look amazing!!

  2. It went great, I ran with a friend who was running her first 5K and she did great, I was so proud of her and the best part is I think she has caught the bug, she was looking at more races coming up :)

    Thanks, maybe next time I make a batch I wish send some to you, I try to share as much as possible to keep myself from eating them all!!