Everybody loves chocolate chip cookies, right? They are an instant hit, whether its straight from grandma’s kitchen or at a backyard barbecue. The thing is, everyone has a very specific way they like them, right? Some like them chewy, some like them crunchy, some like them full of chocolate. But we each define the “perfect” cookie in a little bit different way. I think it’s a metaphor for life really, there are so many different definitions of “perfection” whether it be the perfect figure, the perfect outfit, or even the perfect person. We all see things through a different lens. The key to happiness in life, I think, is to stop measuring ourselves by OTHER peoples standards of perfection, and only try to fit within our own ideals. It’s like baking the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie, and then getting offended when someone else doesn’t like it. The problem isn’t in your cookie, its in the difference of opinion.
Most of us probably have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I won’t try to argue that this one is better ^see above^. But I will tell you this one effectively incorporates many different ideal cookie textures into one cookie. Its chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, it’s full of flavor, and it’s nutty, without having chunks of nuts in it, it’s also moderately healthy with the oat flour substitution, and its DELICIOUS. Seriously- try it. You won’t regret it. You may feel like this recipe makes a LOT of cookies. It does. You will need them (all for yourself).
Crowdpleaser Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/3 Cup Shortening
1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 caps vanilla
2 cups oat flour (take your plain old oatmeal and put it in the blender or food processor and blend to a fine powder)
3 cups flour
1 TBSP baking soda
1/2 TBSP salt
12 oz milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (like super finely ground in your food processor)
Cream shortening, butter, and sugars
Add eggs and beat 4 minutes (do not omit this step- it really makes a difference)
Hand mix in flour, soda, and salt then add in chocolate chips
Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes
The cookies will not look done when you pull them out- trust me they are- put them on a baking rack to cool and enjoy!
If you don’t want to bake them all – I highly recommend shaping them and placing them close together on a cookie sheet and flash freezing for about 15-20 minutes. Then just wipe them off the cookie sheet into a ziplock bag and you can pull out a few cookies to bake fresh anytime you like. That is, provided that you can avoid eating all the cookie dough balls from the freezer…I’ll leave it up to you to decide which way they taste better, for me the jury is still out.