Are you baking more lately? I think the answer is yes! Or your neighbor definitely is. During this COVID-19 pandemic, the baking aisles at the stores have been cleaned out of inventory! I’ve been shocked at how hard it is to find baking powder. There are ways to make your own baking powder and what to do if you don’t have baking soda if a recipe calls for it. That’s another blog for another day.
Today, I’m sharing a delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe. My friend, Rachel Hampton, shared her delicious cookies with me. They were sooo delicious!!! The whole neighborhood loves Rachel’s cookies! One thing I learned rather quickly is that nobody can make those cookies the way she can. She simply has the magic touch. And you know what’s also amazing about Rachel? She is a colon cancer survivor!!
Rachel did share her recipe with me. This is what happened on my first attempt. They went flat like pancakes. No, I didn’t overmix the batter. For my second attempt, I added more flour and more baking soda. They rose beautifully but they had way too much flour in them. For my third attempt, I still added more flour and baking soda but not as much flour as I did the second attempt. My husband took a bite of one. The first thing that came out of his mouth was, “Those are good!” My husband is my toughest critic with my baking. So, with that said, here is a copy of the recipe. 🙂 It’s not the exact original recipe that Rachel has but we sure love these! And she gave me permission to share.
I use all butter in this recipe. Rachel does 1 cup of shortening and 1 cup of salted butter. When I did use shortening, the cookies have a little smoother texture. It’s like putting lotion on dry hands. Ha ha! I don’t know how else to describe it. This recipe with all butter comes out the way you might see at a typical bakery with a little more texture. The cookies in the picture have all butter in them. So pick either all butter or do half butter/half shortening and it’s a winner! They are soft and chewy and mmmm…so good!
I collect a lot of chocolate chip cookie recipes. It really depends on the mood I’m in for which cookie recipe I choose to use. I have found that the method of how you make the cookie dough makes all the difference in the world. I have tried many different methods from various recipes and have found this method to work. I will give very detailed instructions here.
I recommend reading the whole recipe first before you start making these. Also, refer to the photos in this blog to make sure you’re on par with how it should look. Good luck my friends! Bake!!
After you’ve mixed the butter, sugars, eggs, & vanilla, it should look like this picture below.
After you’ve added the dry ingredients. I should look like this below.
At this point, I put on gloves (or wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds) and mix in the chocolate chips with my hands.
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies