Hi, hi, hi! HAPPY FRIDAY!
I’m so sorry I quasi-disappeared this past week. How about I’ll make you some warm chocolate chip cookies and we’ll call it good, deal? Deal.
I’ll also make you another dozen, because when you find out I’ve been holding out on sharing this recipe for over two years, you might be a little upset. Ok, a lot upset maybe, so I’ll up it to another dozen just for you.
I’ll be honest, there are a thousand chocolate chip cookie recipes out there, which held me back from sharing this for so long. Everybody has their favorite, I thought, so why would they want yet another chocolate chip cookie recipe? Every time time I made them though, I couldn’t get over how they were so unlike any other chocolate chip cookie I’d ever had. With their chewy, crisp edges, incredibly soft center, dark chocolate chips, and salty-buttery flavor… they really are the ultimate chocolate chip cookie.
About two years ago these babies were inspired by none other than Sweet Martha’s Cookies. You know, the warm chocolate chip cookies that the Minnesota State Fair is famous for? Yep, well I was in North Carolina, miles and miles away from what we call The Great Minnesota Get Together, with no Sweet Martha’s Cookies in sight. Not even in the freezer section of my grocery store. I needed a fix that August. And stat.
If you’re from Minnesota, you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve ever been to the Minnesota State Fair, you can understand. If you have no idea what I’m talking about… well, then you just love chocolate chip cookies, right? Ok good, as long as we can all agree on that, we’re set.
Back to the birth of the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies… craving my favorite little state fair cookies, I set out to create cookies with a soft, chewy texture, with just the right amount of salt, and butter flavor.
All you’ll ever need is these Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies from here on out. Here’s what real-life people have said about these cookies…
- “Unlike any other cookies I’ve ever had”
- “Salty and not too sweet”
- “I’ve already eaten five of them!”
- “They still taste amazing once they’ve cooled”
Yes, that says elegant up there. It’s the combination of not too sweet, and just salty enough that make these cookies feel like grown up chocolate chip cookies.
I have to touch on a couple things in this recipe: shortening and butter extract. I’m not one to typically use shortening, except in rare cases where it’s super warranted. This is one of those! The shortening leaves the cookies softer and more tender, and they spread out less. What about the flavor? Butter extract that’s what…
Ok, ok, ok! Don’t leave yet, please! Give me a chance to explain… butter extract is an actual thing, and I’m sure you’re thinking “ok, you’re about natural ingredients, and now you’re using shortening and butter extract?!” I get it, I do. Life is also about balance. Balance being absolutely decadent chocolate chip cookies. It takes these cookies to an entirely new level > refer back to “ultimate”. With the addition of butter extract, these cookies are so rich and irresistible.
AND THE CHOCOLATE. Ok – so I’ve said not too sweet, and I mean it. Just sweet enough. These ultimate cookies use high quality dark chocolate chips – 60% cacao baking chips to be exact. Taking the cookies to another level of intense, rich, and irresistible.
So irresistible I need to wrap this post up and go bake another batch… because the amount of cookies I’ve eaten in the past month just isn’t enough. The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are also begging you to go turn on your oven, too.Print
The ULTIMATE chocolate chip cookies- full of rich, intense flavor. Buttery, salty, and not-too-sweet, these grown up cookies will fit any cookie need!
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup shortening, cold
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons butter extract
- 1 1/4 cups 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Mix together flour, salt, and baking soda.
- In another bowl, use a hand-mixer to cream together shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing between each addition. Mix in the extracts. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Place approximately 1 – 1 1/2 Tablespoons of cookie dough on a baking sheet, with approximately 2 inches between each cookie. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until edges are beginning to turn golden brown. Let rest on baking sheet for 2-3 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
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