Monday, March 27, 2017

Cookie Monster in My House

My grandson is a chocolate chip cookie monster and that means that Grandma needs to bake cookies. Here is my recipe for chocolate chip cookies, adapted from King Arthur flour.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Makes 5 dozen 2 1/2 inch cookies


2/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup vegetable shortening, butter flavored
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup almond flour
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

1.       In a large bowl, combine the sugars, butter, shortening, salt, vanilla and almond extracts, vinegar, baking soda and baking powder, beating until smooth and creamy.
2.       Beat in the egg, again beating till smooth. Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl with a spatula to make sure everything is thoroughly combined.
3.      Mix in the flour, then the chips.
4.      Wrap dough in plastic wrap and allow to sit overnight in refrigerator.

5.      Next day:  Preheat oven to 375 F.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.   Remove dough from refrigerator and prepare cookies while oven preheats.
6.      Use a spoon (or a tablespoon cookie scoop) to scoop 1 1/4" balls of dough onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2" between them on all sides; they'll spread.
7.      Bake the cookies for 9 to 11 minutes, till their edges are chestnut brown and their tops are light golden brown, almost blonde. Remove them from the oven, and cool on the pan till they've set enough to move without breaking. Repeat with the remaining dough. 

Note:  I have doubled the recipe, scooped the dough and frozen it.  Works great.


  1. Interesting recipe; I never saw a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that had apple cider vinegar as one of the ingredients.


    1. Unfortunately for me, they taste really good, lol.

  2. I love almond extract, but have never tried it in chocolate chip cookies. I'll have to give this a go! Thanks for sharing, Denise.

    1. It pairs nicely with the almond flour, too. I had cookies for breakfast.

  3. Sounds delicious but I will NOT be trying them. Much too moreish for me.

  4. Apple cider vinegar is a new ingredient for me! I wonder what it adds to the taste or the chemistry?

    1. Chemistry - the taste is not noticeable. It reacts with the baking soda to give lift to the cookies. I still added a little baking powder. I like these cookies because they stay fresh in a ziploc bag for days. That is if we do not eat them all. This batch I froze scooped dough for the future and I'll see if they freeze well that way.

  5. homemade choc chip is my favorite


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