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I am a lover of my husband, adorable children, and last but not least food. I first started baking when I was just a little girl. My mom always had an amazing home-cooked meal on the table and she always encouraged me to help. Much of what I know has come from watching her in the kitchen. I used to love to pretend I owned a restaurant and cook things up for my siblings and their friends. Not much has changed :) Now my sweet husband and kids get to be my taste testers. I love exploring new ingredients and am always looking for the best of the best when it comes to recipes. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I do. Through this blog I will share just a few of my favorite things- my passion for child development, my wonderful family, and my love for food :) Happy blogging!

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Absolutely the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have had many great chocolate chip cookies in my lifetime. None top this one. They are as close to my mom's recipe as I can come up with. Make sure you get butter-flavored shortening. Using regular vanilla extract is fine. Cheap chocolate chips are too. But.... if you want some super good cookies go for the real mexican vanilla and grab a bag of ghiradelli milk chocolate chips. YUM!!!!! My mom always has a bag on hand for cookies.... or to just hide from everyone else and eat by the handfuls :)


1 cup butter flavored shortening
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons Mexican vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large bowl, cream together the butter flavored shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla .Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; gradually stir into the creamed mixture. Finally, fold in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until light brown. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Makes about 4 dozen.


  1. This is almost exactly like my recipe...except I use real butter and also baking powder and a few minor adjustments to how much you us of each ingredient. Yummy!

  2. This is my tried and true recipe that I always go back to. SO GOOD :)