Chocolate Chip Cookies

The power of cookies is so amazing. It seems that they are the ultimate comfort food. When we first moved into our house and the builders were still working, I tried different recipes and made sure they were coming out of the oven at break time. They were a hit. I then began to give some to the UPS man and the other tradesmen. It seemed logical to give some to our B&B guests as they were leaving, and that practice has continued. We have heard that some guests return because they love these cookies. They also seem to raid the cookie jar which always warms my heart.

The following is the recipe that is also posted on our web site. Some of the secrets that have been developed are to really beat the butter/sugar/eggs/vanilla, and use a variety of different kinds of chocolate chips. Another idea suggested by Cook’s Illustrated is to let the ingredients sit at different stages, and again when everything is mixed together. Those ideas do seem to make a difference.

Chocolate Chip Cookies
Combine the ingredients in the following order:
1 cup oil or butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Let set for 5-10 minutes. Then add:

2 cups flour (when doubling, use 3 1/2 cups flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

(The choc chips mix with the batter better if added before the oatmeal.)
2 cups chocolate chips, some semi sweet, milk choc, dark choc. or bitter-sweet choc.
1 1/2 cup nuts

2 1/2 cups blended oatmeal
(Measure oatmeal; blend in blender to a fine powder)
(Nuts can be added to blender)

I have found that if I let the cookies sit on the counter for 20 minutes to 2 hours, they have a nicer consistency after they are baked.

Place on cookie sheet.   Bake about 10 min at 375 deg. Enjoy!

- Mary

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